Stephanie Painter (Washoe/Shoshone/Oneida)
is an emerging filmmaker whose initial production training was
in the American Indian Film Institute's Tribal Touring Program.
In 2008 she participated in the Institute of American Indian Arts'
ABC/Disney Summer Film and Television Workshop, where she directed
and edited The Hand Drum, which has screened at the American
Indian Film Festival and the All Roads Film Festival. To gain
further experience in filmmaking, Painter has taken workshops
with Gary Farmer and Wes Studi. She continues her self-directed
studies and art practice in Carson City, Nevada, where she currently
"Being a filmmaker in the 21st century, my philosophy is
that of all true artists: if I am going to be anything more than
average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go
further-in art, in life, in everything. When creating, my indigenous
background does play an appreciative role in the creative process
but it is a non-dominant role."
Screened by NMAI
at Club Red Radio, 2000 Native American Film and
Video Festival - photograph by Amalia Córdova, NMAI