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JCHS First Friday Lecture: Tracy Rector and Dawnland
Friday, November 01, 2019, 06:00pm

Filmmaker Tracy Rector presenting Emmy-award winning Dawnland at First Friday Series "Narrative change is an intentional effort to replace an existing narrative with something new. It is a powerful contributor to social change. Narrative change can lead to shifts in attitudes, behaviors, practices and policies — and can lead to deeper and lasting changes in systems and cultures." – Reclaiming Native Truth

Join award-winning filmmaker Tracy Rector for a screening and discussion of Dawnland at our final First Friday Lecture of the 2019 Season. Dawnland is a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. Dawnland aired on Independent Lens in November 2018 and was awarded an Emmy® for outstanding research in 2019.

Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) is a mixed race filmmaker, curator, community organizer, and programmer. Currently, she is serving as Director of Storytelling at Nia Tero, a non-profit committed to supporting Indigenous governance and guardianship. She has directed and produced over 400 shorts and other films including the award-winning Teachings of the Tree People, March Point, Maiden of Deception Pass, and Ch'aak' S'aagi. She is in production on her sixth feature documentary Outta the Muck with support from ITVS. As an impact producer, Tracy served on the team for the Emmy award winning feature documentary Dawnland, which premiered on Independent Lens' 2018/19 season to 2.1 million viewers in its opening week. Her work has also been featured in National Geographic, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian.
Tracy is the co-founder of Longhouse Media, a non-profit focused on galvanizing Indigenous and local communities through film production. Since 2005, she has worked with over 50 tribal nations and helped train 3,000 young people. Tracy has received the National Association for Media Literacy Education Award, 2016 Stranger Genius Award, and the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. She is a Firelight Media Fellow, WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, and Tribeca All Access Grantee. Tracy's first major museum installation opened in June 2018 at the Seattle Art Museum. Tracy serves as a Mize Foundation board member, senior programmer at the Seattle International Film Festival, and is in her second term as a Seattle Arts Commissioner. She is a mother of two young men.

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The series is held at the Northwest Maritime Center and is free with a suggested donation of $10 - $15 to offset rental fees. Admission for Series Passholders begins at 6:00pm and general admission begins at 6:30pm. Lecture begins at 7:00. Since we will be screening a 54-minute film during this presentation, please plan on 1.5 - 2 hours of total program time, including Q&A with the filmmaker.

This presentation for The First Friday Lecture series is sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission, the Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Film Festival and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation. Come early to get a seat and don't miss this dynamic evening of storytelling and truth telling.

Questions about the presentation can be directed to JCHS Executive Director, Shelly Leavens Presented in partnership with Port Townsend Film Festival,, and the Upstander Project, Please spread the word far and wide – our venue has capacity for 220 seated, and we want a full house for what will be an impactful evening for our community.

Location NW Maritime Center, 431 Water St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Event Sponsor: Port Townsend Arts Commission, the Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Film Festival and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
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