Vision Maker Media Announces Seventh Annual PBS Online Film Festival 

Leo Yankton: A Redemption Story

Published July 17, 2018

One Independent Film from Vision Maker Media Included 
The Festival Returns to All PBS Digital Platforms July 16-27
LINCOLN, Neb. – On Monday, Vision Maker Media announced that the Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival returned for a seventh year July 16-27, 2018 and will feature 25 short-form independent films from multiple public media partners and PBS member stations. Vision Maker Media’s filmmakers Edmund Frazer Myer (Chehalis Tribe) and Charles “Boots” Kennedye (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma) are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their film Leo Yankton: A Redemption Story. The PBS Online Film Festival is part of a multi-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent films, and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that inspires and engages.
Beginning July 16, the Festival becaome available via Vision Maker Media and PBS digital platforms including As in previous years, films will also be available to stream on YouTube and Facebook.
The one film from Vision Maker Media include:
A Redemption Story follows Leo Yankton (Oglala Lakota) and how he contributed in efforts to protect the water on the Standing Rock reservation, and continues to find ways to have a positive impact with Native County and the rest of the world.
“Vision Maker Media is excited to participate again this year. It’s a good opportunity for vacation viewing.” –Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Vision Maker Media
“Every year, PBS and its member stations challenge ourselves to elevate the breadth and depth of innovative storytelling through our work with The PBS Online Film Festival,” said Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer. “The world of filmmaking is changing, and filmmakers can make as much of an impact on small screens as they do on big screens. The festival amplifies unique stories from an exciting collection of filmmakers across the country, reaching viewers on platforms as diverse as the films themselves.”
The PBS Online Film Festival has become a popular annual online event, generating more than six million streams over the course of the festival’s history. The festival also received a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).
Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award, and a distinguished panel of eight jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the “Juried Prize.” This year’s jury members include International Documentary Association Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, Black Film Critics Circle Founder Mike Sargent, WGBH Educational Foundation Executive Producer Judith Vecchione, Firelight Media & Films Documentary Lab Manager Chloe Walters-Wallace, Digital Media Executive Adnaan Wasey, Senior Director of Programming & Development at PBS Pamela Aguilar, FRONTLINE Producer & Editor Michelle Mizner and American Experience Producer Eric Gulliver.
For updates on the festival, follow #PBSFilmFest on Twitter or visit

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