John Whitehead is an independent filmmaker with a long track record producing documentaries for PBS and other outlets. Mr. Whitehead’s credits include the five-part documentary series MINNESOTA; A HISTORY OF THE LAND, the national PBS documentaries MAKE 'EM DANCE: THE HACKBERRY RAMBLERS' STORY and WANNABE: LIFE AND DEATH IN A SMALL TOWN GANG.
As Senior Producer for Arts and Culture at TPT (1990-98), he produced the documentaries, DEATH OF THE DREAM: FARMHOUSES IN THE HEARTLAND, CLAY, WOOD, FIRE, SPIRIT: THE POTTERY OF RICHARD BRESNAHAN, NOT QUITE AMERICAN: BILL HOLM OF MINNEOTA, A STATE FAIR SCRAPBOOK, and MISSISSIPPI, MINNESOTA. Mr. Whitehead’s work has earned six Emmys (Midwest Region) among other awards. He is a 2010 recipient of the Bush Artist Fellowship.
Link to John’s website: www.fretlessfilms.com
Leslie Harper is an Ojibwe language speaker, long-time activist, school director, and thinker. She joins us by phone to discuss her students and the school; language issues and policy; and we hear her share some of the language on-air, for those who may not have heard this endangered language.