Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo)
Dustinn Craig grew up in Arizona, living in White River on the Fort Apache Reservation and later in Window Rock on the Navajo Reservation. As a teenager, Craig began making skateboarding videos of himself and his friends. But with fatherhood arriving early, he decided to create "something I hoped my kids would see and watch some day." This led to his short film I Belong to This, a personal documentary in the 2003 PBS documentary series Matters of Race. In 2005 he was awarded the National Video Resources Media Artists Fellowship for a documentary on skateboarding at Fort Apache, Ride through Genocide (working title).
Working in high-definition format, Craig has produced commissions for various cultural institutions and PBS. For the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, he developed a three-screen installation film as part of the museum's signature exhibition "Home: Native People in the Southwest." In 2007 he developed 4wheelwarpony, named after the skateboard company that he heads, as a media component of an installation piece in the NMAI and Heard's joint exhibition "Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World" (curators: Gerald McMaster and Joe Baker). It was selected for screening at numerous film festivals, and was screened as part of the 2009 NMAI exhibition Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. It won Best Experimental in the 2008 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and honorable mention for Best Experimental at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Festival.
Craig’s first feature-length documentary, Geronimo, a production of WGBH’s 2009 American Experience series, We Shall Remain, provides a skillful reconsideration of historical interpretation. To film the dramatic reenactments of 19th-century events, he developed a unit of community-based actors. The work had its theatrical premiere at the 2008 Native Cinema Showcase. In 2009 Our Home, Our Stories: Short Films by Dustinn Craig, a compilation broadcast on Arizona Public Television, won a Bronze Telly award.
Craig lives in Mesa, Arizona, where he and his wife, writer Velma Kee Craig, are co-directors of the film company BetterOnes Productions.
Work featured: A Snapshot in Time, Grumpy Old Man