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JOHNNY ARLEE - spiritual advisor

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WENONAH WILMS -screenwriter

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SUZANNE SHOPE -cultural liaison



IVAN & IVY MACDONALD -producer & camera trainee

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HEATHER CAHOON - resident historian

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.


Johnny Arlee is Spiritual Advisor to the Salish and Pend d’ Oreille Tribes. Since 2012 he has been an employee for the Kalispel Tribes’ language program and the Kalispel Tribal Court. He has developed curriculum and transcribed stories to ensure the longevity of the Salish language.

His film credits  include serving as the Salish Technical Advisor for Warner Brothers’ JEREMIAH JOHNSON. In his time he assisted in the language, costuming and make-up of the principal actors, in addition so a small acting role. He is featured in the documentary “Awakening” and the feature film “Winterhawk” and is producing and writing a rendition of the Salish & Pend d'Oreille People Meet the Lewis & Clark Expedition.


Filmmaker Lynn-Wood Fields graduated with her MFA 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.


Wenonah, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, has been screenwriting since 2001 and has written over twenty feature-length screenplays. She's had six short films produced, and in 2018 served as showrunner to FEM 101.

In addition, she has won competitions and participated in screenwriting workshops, programs and panels. Highlights include: 


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. 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. She was named a Creative Visions 2018 Emerging Filmmaker and NBC Universal Scholar.


Suzanne Shope is of Métis and Scottish descent from central Montana who follows the traditions of many artists in her family. She holds degrees from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and an interdisciplinary doctorate in Art Education and Native American Studies from the University of Montana 2009. She currently works as a producer, cultural consultant, fine art professional and art education teacher. Shope has held teaching positions at Minot State University, and adjunct positions at The University of Montana and The University of Montana - Western. She is a practicing visual artist who exhibits regionally.


Ivan and Ivy MacDonald are both Blackfeet filmmakers that reside in Missoula, MT. For the past year and a half they have been documenting the stories of the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis. They are currently in pre-production for their first feature length documentary, When They Were Here. Both are attached to the Perma Red TV series and are also producing a documentary with ESPN set on the Blackfeet reservation. Ivan and Ivy believe in the importance of indigenous people telling their own stories, and work to give that power to the communities they collaborate with.


Heather Cahoon is a lecturer in Native American Studies at the University of Montana, an award-winning multi-genre writer, artist, policy scholar, Indian Education for All consultant, and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Heather regularly authors scholarly essays and analytical reports on a range of issues concerning American Indians in the state of Montana. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana where she was named the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholar and an Interdisciplinary PhD in history, anthropology and Native American Studies. During the grant period, Heather contributed to the script in editing and cultural specificity. She also gave talks on Salish gender roles, Federal and State relationships with the tribes, history and governing policy and sovereignty during the retreat. She collaborated with Corky and Johnny to bring to life the richness of Salish culture in our circle discussions.



We are currently casting for all roles beginning with fostering new talent on the Salish Kootenai Reservation.


Veyanna Webster has served thus far as Louise White Elk

JD Aguire is in talks to act as Charlie Kicking Woman

We are committed to fostering Salish and Montana Native actors.


ramo law firm







In January of 2019, PERMA RED joined forces with LA based entertainment law firm RAMO LAW.


Named a game changer and one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders in Law and Finance” by Variety, Elsa Ramo has represented over 90 films and 15 television series in 2017 alone, including 14 that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She established her own law firm to enable up-and-coming filmmakers and producers to bring their stories to life. Her credits include the four Oscar nominated films CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE DISASTER ARTIST, LOVING VINCENT, and STILL ALICE.


Stuart Arbury’s has served executive posts at Dimension Films, where he spent two seasons on set for MTV’s SCREAM TV series and worked on several perennial franchises including new installments of CHILDREN OF THE CORN and HELLRAISER, and Captivate Entertainment, producers of the Jason Bourne franchise. Arbury worked for legendary producers Mike Medavoy, where he worked on THE 33 about the Chilean Miners rescue, and Joe Drake, where he worked on comedy hits NEIGHBORS and THE NIGHT BEFORE as well as Gil Keenan’s remake of POLTERGEIST. He’s also a co-founder of the award winning online comedy channel Wolf Knife TV.


Through her business-oriented sales and packaging skills, Tiffany Boyle has brought hundreds of films and documentaries to fruition. Recent producer credits include WHITE RABBIT which premiered at Sundance, BETTER START RUNNING starring Analeigh Tipton and Jeremy Irons, and ASHES IN THE SNOW starring Sophie Cookson and Bel Powley which was recently released by Vertical Entertainment