The University of Iowa

Sundance Picks UI Alum for 2012 NativeLab Fellowship

The Sundance Institute announced the four fellows and projects selected for the 2012 NativeLab Fellowship, a two-stage development program that provides continuous and direct support to Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists. Included in their selection was Jeffrey Palmer, an alum of the University of Iowa (M.F.A. 2012 in Film and Video Production).

The four fellows selected will participate in a five-day workshop and received guidance from artists like Fenton Bailey, Adam Bala Lough, Billy Luther and Zach Sklar. The fellows will also attend the Native Forum at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Jeffrey Palmer is a burgeoning Kiowa filmmaker and media artist. Academically and professionally, he received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2000, focusing on cultural and media representations of Native American society in the 20th century. In 2006, he received his M.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma, focusing on Native American exploitation in early and Hollywood cinema. In 2008, he was the Director of Education for the Native American Journalists Association. He received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa in 2012, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. Over the last three years, he worked extensively on projects highlighting Native culture in the state of Iowa. In 2012, he returned to Kiowa Country to work on his M.F.A. thesis titled: "Origins: Digital Reclamation of Kiowa Storyscapes".

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