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FRANK JOHN ARLEE, Salish Language and Culture Adviser/ Technical Adviser and Acting Consultant

Member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Flathead Indian Reservation of Western Montana. Born November 26, 1940 in St. Ignatius, Montana. First education at Urslines Academy in St. Ignatius, Montana. Salish Technical Advisor for a movie “Jeremiah Johnson” Warner Brothers’ Productions in Hollywood, California. Duties was to make sure the movie was close and accurate as possible to the Salish traditions. To assist in the language, costuming and make-up of the principal actors. And, a small acting part in the movie in which the script called for a Salish Brave speaking. He enlisted in the US Army May 05, 1958. (Military Occupation), Teletype Operator.

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Lynn-Wood Fields · Executive Producer

In 2011, Lynn-Wood graduated with her M.F.A. in digital filmmaking from the University of Montana. Her work has since gone on to screen at over 100 film festivals worldwide. She edited the award-winning short film Honor Song, about a Blackfeet girl who joins the wrestling team, and Montana PBS’s We Sing. Her thesis film Lost Birds screened at the Cine Film Festival and toured with the American Indian Film Tribal Touring Film Festival. She is very excited to be producing Perma Red with a truly amazing team of talented filmmakers and artist. It is her life’s dream to make this renowned novel into a series.  

Maya Dittloff · Director

Maya Rose Dittloff (Many Pipes Woman) is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in  North Dakota,  but was born and raised in Montana. She received her education from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a specialization in Directing. Today she is a current Alumni Scholar and serves as an Ambassador for the School of Theater, Film and Television as well as the American Indian College Fund.

Debra Magpie Earling · Author/Consultant

Debra is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, and is Bitterroot Salish/Flathead. Her second book The Lost Journals of Sacajewea was published in collaboration with the master printer Peter Koch and her novel Perma Red received the American Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association Award, and a Spur Award. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Ivan MacDonald · Associate Producer

Ivan MacDonald is a Blackfeet and Shoshone filmmaker. He graduated with his Masters in Social Work from the University of Montana and his documentaries focus on social justice for Indigenous communities. He has produced work for the Montana ACLU and has traveled around the country with his sister showcasing their work around missing and murdered Indigenous women. They are currently working on a feature length documentary focusing on this crisis.

Suzanne Shope · Cultural Producer

Suzanne is a Montana scholar, artist and teacher of Manitoba Métis descent. She has worked extensively with Salish, Pend d’Oreilles and Nez Perce communities. “I am bringing my respect and knowledge of the protocols needed to bring the communities together offering a collaborative environment honoring the Salish, Pend d”Oreille and mainstream settler cultures. Accuracy, authenticity and respect for the tribal nations are at the forefront of this project.”

Suzanne holds degrees from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and The University of Montana. She has an interdisciplinary doctorate in Art Education and Native American Studies from the University of Montana 2009. She has developed courses in Native American Art and Material Culture Studies and has held teaching positions at Minot State University and The University of Montana – Western. Shope is a practicing artist who exhibits regionally and a consultant in rural education. She has been awarded artist residencies funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ivy MacDonald · Second Camera Operator

Ivy MacDonald, is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning Montana. She earned her BFA in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Montana in May 2017. She’s currently working on various projects that revolve around the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with her brother Ivan. Their feature length film “When The Were Here” film will give the voice back to the families as they celebrate their loved one’s life. Ivy wants to focus on Indigenous story telling as a way to heal and decolonize. 

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Jeri Rafter · Producer

Jeri Rafter has worked on feature film and television projects focused in and about Montana. Her latest feature length and Montana-made film project, Daughter of a Lost Bird about Native American adoptees, will remiere on PBS Spring 201. She is also part of the Ted K team, a feature film about the Unabomber starring Sharlto Copley. She produced Bella Vista, which premiered at the 2014 International Rotterdam Film Festival and was also a nominee for the Friedrich Ebert Political Film Prize at Filmfest Hamburg. In 2015 she was invited to be a part of the Sundance Producer’s Lab and participated in the Sundance + Women In Film Female Filmmakers Initiative. Her television producing projects include shows for networks such as Reelz, Fox News, History, HGTV and the Travel Channel. Jeri is a fifth-generation Montanan with an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana.

Gaaby Patterson · Adaptation Screenwriter

Gaaby Patterson is a Montana screenwriter. She pursued her bachelor's in creative writing and master's in filmmaking from the University of Montana. She began work on the adaptation of Perma Red in February of 2017. That same year, her feature screenplay was named a quarterfinalist for the Academy of Motion Picture's prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Her experience helping adapt this story to screen is one of the most transformative of her career. She is honored to be a part of this work. 

Adrian Jawort  · Consultant

Adrian Jawort is a proud Northern Cheyenne journalist and fiction writer based in Billings, Montana. He edited and contributed to the Off the Path land/Off the Path II literary fiction anthologies featuring indigenous writers from North America on over to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. He also has a dark fantasy novel Moonrise Falling: A Modern Gothic Tale


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Veyanna Webster · Louise White Elk

Venanna Webster is a 17 year old senior in high school in Ronan, MT. She is Salish, Kootenai and Coeur d'Alene. 
She is active in her community for advocating for the awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She loves Montana because the landscape is so beautiful and she truly enjoys spending time with her family. 

Alishon Kelly · Florence

Alishon Kelly is from the P'end d'Oreille and the Blackfeet tribes in Montana. She is 13 years old and was raised on the Flathead Reservation. Alishon loves her culture and works to be a positive role model in her community. She enjoys creating artwork, learning about indigenous plants, playing the ukulele, beading, dancing at powwows, riding horses and singing. She is an athlete and has competed in cross country, track, basketball, and is a jiu jitsu champion. Alishon is also an activist and has stood alongside the water protectors at the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota. 

JC Augare · Charlie Kicking Woman

James J.C. Augare was born and raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana and is an enrolled Blackfeet tribal member. He has appeared in several feature films and t.v. series’ including Hildago, The Lone Ranger, Magnificent 7, and the t.v. series Comanche Moon. He most recently did stunt work on the film 12 Strong and the upcoming Paramount series Yellowstone.