The Story Of Native American Logging
A film by Tanner Givnan
The Green Feathers team is proud to share a significant new development!
Image: Oregon Historical Society Executive Director, Kerry Tymchuck, with Producer/Director, Tanner Givnan
Excited? We are!
This project has been a logging road of ups, downs, and detours, but nothing has stopped our determination to get the filming complete and the story told. We are so close!
Over 75% of the filming is complete, with a big push ahead of us this spring, called ‘editing’, which takes time, focus, and funding.
What motivates us?
Our passion for this project comes in many forms, from gratitude for the trust that has been placed in our efforts, to our hope that by sharing the stories of the people who inhabit this film, we can support Native American communities that are passionately working to maintain and rebuild their cultural identities.
You can play a vital role in producing this independent documentary by supporting our campaign … donate now!
- Editing – wrap up filming and then edit, edit, and more editing as we begin post-production.
- Photographs – final selection of photographs to pair with the footage and narration.
- Soundtrack – Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah and … well, you’ll have to wait, but there may be more amazing industry artists.
- Curriculum – developing a unique curriculum to provide additional educational opportunities.
- Studio time – narration by David Lewis, and Grammy award winner Joanne Shenandoah.
What happens when the documentary is complete?
First, we do a happy dance and thump each other on the back. Then…
- Submit Green Feathers to select film festivals.
- Work with a distributor to open doors to learning institutions nationwide. (A primary goal for this project is education and widening the lens on history. We already have a museum interested in presenting an exhibit based on the documentary!)
- Get the film accepted for a limited release in theaters and broadcast media.
Who’s supporting the project?
Anthropologist and ethnohistorian, David Lewis, Ph.D., Chair of the Oregon Heritage Commission and member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is our consultant on tribal history and is featured in the film.
“By the late nineteenth century, native men had become principal workers in the logging industry.”
Vocalist and composer, Joanne Shenandoah, is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. She is a Grammy Award winner and 13-time Native American Music Award winner. She has performed at The Parliament of the World’s Religions, The White House, Carnegie Hall, Presidential inaugurations, and Madison Square Garden. We are honored to include her voice and her presence.
We gratefully acknowledge the many people who are working to bring this project forward, including videographers, designers, editors, technicians, and contributors. Thank you!
Please enjoy and share our video trailer…