There is an EPIDEMIC occurring in the United States and no one knows about it. From 2016 through 2019, over 19,000 Native American women and teenage girls have vanished and/or were murdered. Most of these crimes are never solved.
We are developing a documentary film or series that will explore why indigenous women and girls are being targeted and victimized, and who is responsible. Our project will incorporate: #1) true-crime elements - who is being harmed and who the perpetrators are; #2) the history and multi-generational violence towards native women; and #3) the neglect of federal and state agencies in investigating these crimes.
We are raising funds to meet with potential subjects and sources to better understand what communities we may have access to and how to prioritize story threads and narrative arcs. Once the Covid-19 crisis abates, our goal is to 'get on the ground' and see which locations and storylines are the most viable.
Director Rebecca Cammisa
Rebecca Cammisa - Director & Producer Rebecca is a two-time OSCAR®-nominated and EMMY award-winning filmmaker. Her first feature documentary film, "Sister Helen," aired on HBO and won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival's Documentary Directing Award. "Sister Helen" also received an EMMY award nomination for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming and an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award nomination from the Directors Guild of America. Rebecca founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and directed and produced the 2010 OSCAR®-nominated documentary, "Which Way Home" for which she also received a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking. "Which Way Home" was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and received four EMMY nominations. "Which Way Home" went on to win a News & Documentary EMMY Award for Outstanding Informational Programming and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize. Rebecca’s next film, "God is the Bigger Elvis" received a 2012 OSCAR® nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject, a 2013 EMMY award nomination for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Programming, and a 2012 IDA Documentary Award nomination in the Short Film category. Rebecca was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking and began her next film, "Atomic Homefront” which received a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Film Grant. "Atomic Homefront” premiered on HBO and won the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Television and the 2019 Impact Docs Award for Best Documentary Film.
Madeleine works in both narrative and documentary film. She edited Reed Morano's “I Think We’re Alone” starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. Madeleine was nominated for an Emmy® for her work on Rebecca Cammisa's Academy Award®-nominated documentary, Which Way Home, and recently completed Cammisa’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, about radioactive waste in downtown St. Louis, which will air on HBO in 2017. Madeleine has edited many Sundance- and Independent Spirit Award-winning films. Her recent narrative and documentary credits include Katherine Dieckmann’s Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter; Reed Morano’s Meadowland; Participant Media's A Place At The Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush; Abby Epstein's The Business of Being Born; Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore; Miranda July’s The Future; and Jacob Aaron Estes’ Mean Creek, among others. Madeleine has taught in the writing program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University. She recently directed her first documentary, City of Joy, which has been awarded several Best Feature Documentary awards and is streaming on Netflix.
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