ARMING SISTERS

Willow O'Feral

Director/Producer/Cinematographer

WILLOW O'FERAL is a freelance filmmaker, photographer and artist. She has worked on art departments and as a 2nd unit cinematographer on feature films, as well as producing her own short video works and commissioned pieces for clients. Willow holds a BA in Film/Video Studies from Marlboro College. She grew up on the coast of Northern California but currently resides in Southern Vermont. This is Willow’s first feature film.

Willow O'Feral
 


Brad Heck

Director/Producer/Cinematographer

BRAD HECK is a filmmaker, cinematographer and educator. Throughout his career, Brad has worked on commercial and independent projects that have been shown on television and in theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. He has worked on documentaries spanning in subject matter from PTSD to capitalism. Brad has been honored by the opportunity to work on projects featuring a diverse selection of visionaries including Barack Obama, Howard Zinn, Miranda July and Guy Maddin. This is his first feature film. Brad has a BA in Film/Video Studies from Marlboro College.  

Brad Heck
 


Tantoo Cardinal

Executive Producer

TANTOO CARDINAL (Cree) is an actor, writer, and activist. She is best known for her roles in Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Where The Rivers Flow North, and Smoke Signals. Tantoo was  inducted into the Order of Canada "for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company". Tantoo has played an active role in protesting the extension of the Keystone Pipeline, and in 2011 was arrested in front of the White House along with other protesters.

 

Tantoo Cardinal
 


Jaida Grey Eagle

Associate Producer

JAIDA GREY EAGLE (Oglala Lakota) is a photographer, filmmaker and activist. She has been active documenting indigenous resistance through photography since 2014. Jaida is currently working with Honor the Earth to produce media content around the indigenous fight against Line 3, a new pipeline threatening Minnesota’s water supply. Jaida is moving into filmmaking from her background in photography, and resides in Minneapolis.

 

Jaid Grey Eagle
 


David Treuer

Advisory Board Member

David Treuer is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through the Land of His People, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual, and Prudence. Treuer is Ojibwe from Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the '96 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation. Treuer attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses in Anthropology and Creative Writing. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Treuer divides his time between the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of Literature at USC.

Brad Heck
 


Charles Dye

Advisory Board Member

Charles Dye's previous projects include Indian Relay, which was selected for the 2013-2014 season of Independent Lens and won two regional Emmy awards; Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier through Native Eyes, which had a primetime national broadcast via PBS National Program Service; A Cat Called Elvis about his search for snow leopards in western Mongolia; and Last of the Gum Men about Guatemala's few remaining chicleros. He currently teaches film production at Virginia Tech.

Brad Heck
 


Bess O'Brien

Advisory Board Member

Bess O’Brien is the director/producer of the documentary films The Hungry Heart, about prescription drug abuse in Vermont, and Ask Us Who We Are, a powerful documentary about foster care in Vermont. Bess O’Brien co-founded Kingdom County Productions with her husband Jay Craven in 1990. She also co-produced the feature films Where the Rivers Flow North starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal and Michael J. Fox, and A Stranger in the Kingdom starring Ernie Hudson and Martin Sheen.

Brad Heck