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Our Team

Marla Gamze

Executive Producer

Marla serves as the lead on the project and oversees the design, production, writing, direction, and editing of the film, as well as coordinate through Indigenous contacts the academic and activist aspects.  She specializes in marketing communications, providing a variety of imaging platforms for nonprofit, arts, corporate, institutional and business organizations and creating photographic, marketing and video presentations.

Gamze has worked for organizations such AS Global Arthroscopy Foundation, teaching orthopedic surgeons from non-U.S. nations about cutting-edge arthroscopic surgical strategies; Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Sydney, Australia, providing education options and approaches to children and their families; Sigma Chi International Fraternity; Turning Point, a domestic violence agency; Lakeside Legacy Arts Park; Ricky Byrdsong Foundation, dedicated to arresting the growing epidemic of hate and violence in our society by and against youth; and Pioneer Center for Human Resources.

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Sam Cook

Australia-Based Director

Listed in the worlds Who’s Who of Women, Sam Cook is cross-artform practitioner, educator, arts manager and leader in Indigenous Arts. A retired musician she is the Director of The Dreaming: Australia’s International Indigenous Festival and a programmer of the Woodford Folk Festival. Artistically, Sam is a playwright, writer, visual artist and graphic designer. Administratively, Sam started working in publishing ahead of becoming the CEO of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Theatre before launching her company KISSmyBLAKarts™. She was recipient of the UK Arts Council Fellowship in 2007, winner of National Aboriginal Youth of the Year in 1999 and Broome Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 1998. Sam has been a columnist for Arts Hub, moderator for the World Indigenous Peoples Network, convenor of the BLAKSTAGEalliance, and is also the founder of Australia’s BLAK HISTORY MONTH.

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Josh McHale

Multimedia Curator

Josh McHale is a multimedia producer from Hood River, Oregon. He has spent the past year living in Western Australia, where he worked as a sound engineer for Desert Feet Tours (DFT). DFT is a nonprofit organization producing concerts and music development programs in remote Aboriginal communities. His time in country has given him a rare glimpse of the lives and culture of Aboriginal Australians.

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Center for Intl. Human Rights

Human Rights & Legal Advocacy

Scholarly consultants at Northwestern University have international reach; its Center for International Human Rights has placed several students internationally defending Indigenous groups, and Head of Department David Scheffer has been a US Ambassador at Large.

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Rhubee Neale

Artist & Singer-Songwriter

Rhubee is of (Aborignal) Anmatyerre, Arrentre, Kateye and Irish heritage. Through Rhubee, AFS has access to both the people of her hometown, Alice Springs, and to prominent Indigenous artists, both ones with especially powerful life stories and ones that can be reached through Rhubee and the Indigenous arts festivals. Rhubee’s advocacy research for this documentary is already bearing fruit. Rhubee Neale’s ties with the Indigenous Australian Arts world can drive an aggressive publicity campaign in Australia.

Tony Karman

President & Director, Expo Chicago

Tony Karman is President and Director of Expo Chicago, a four-day international art expo featuring works from 125 leading art galleries from 36 international cities. Held on Navy Pier, the four day event drew 30,000 visitors from leading galleries from 36 international cities, drawing 30,000 visitors.  He is co-founder of 4D Arts, a nonprofit initiating and producing temporal interdisciplinary public art events throughout the Chicagoland area and internationally. For over 28 years Mr. Karman has been active in the civic, business and cultural communities of Chicago. He has provided sponsorship solicitation and acquisition, strategic brand development and marketing/event coordination for Chicago International Film Festival. As the former Vice President/Director of Art Chicago, he rebuilt the international art fair for the Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. In 2011, he provided strategic planning, management, fundraising and marketing assistance to numerous clients including Chicago Ideas Week, TEDxMidwest, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. His past work in Chicago includes Director of Marketing & Development for the Auditorium Theatre Council; the City of Chicago – Department of Cultural Affairs; Managing Director, Associate for Chicago’s Vice Mayor, Committee for Special Events and Cultural Affairs; Associate Director, League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago International Art Exposition.

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HMS Media

Director, Producer, & Cinematographer

HMS Media, winners of 15 Emmy Awards and 23 Emmy nominations for their critically acclaimed broadcast specials on the arts and social issues, has 20 years’ experience creating and promoting film for many international nonprofits and public good organizations and has created hundreds of Broadway-related performance presentations. HMS is recognized as one of the country’s leading production company for the not-for-profit and commercial arts. Critics have hailed their sensitive and innovative approaches to capturing and presenting content.

The company has created nearly two dozen broadcast specials and series, more than 1,000 location shoots for Chicago theater, dance and music companies, 120 Broadway tour shoots, and more than 70 Broadway shows. HMS has long maintained a commitment to the nonprofit sector, working with such organizations as the American Cancer Society, GLAAD, Illinois Education Association, Rape Victim Advocates and Women Employed. HMS’ team will oversee the creative and logistical execution of the documentary. HMS is home to state-of-the-art facilities and talented staff, is well-known on the local and national arts scene, and has provided its services internationally.

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Art Action Union

Advocacy & Awareness

Art Action Union is an internet-based, international collaboration of artist activists that congregate and collaborate on a variety of issues with the intention to raise awareness, generate popular support, and pursue policy change. These mission-driven artists are often willing to work pro-bono on behalf of a perceived need. Art Action Union has expressed an interest in collaborating with us on this project.

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Wayne Quilliam

Curator, Photographer, & Videographer

Professor Wayne Quilliam is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous photographic artists. With more than 150 exhibitions in Europe, Asia, USA, Russia, South America, Middle East, Africa and Australia, his work transcends the divide of traditional culture and contemporary art. An Aboriginal artist, professional photographer, cultural adviser, and lecturer, educator Wayne Quilliam creates from the spirit of his ancestors and the land they nurtured. Recognized by his peers, he was awarded the national NAIDOC Artist of the Year, was nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic, and was named a finalist for Australian Photographer of Year and Indigenous Business of the Year. Wayne won the 2008 Human Rights Media Award for his work on the Apology and a Walkley Awards for a social documentary on the Redfern Riots. His work has been published in more than 1000 magazines, books and newspapers and has been recognized as one of the country’s top 100 artists for his ‘Lowanna’ art that infuses textures of earth over bodies, attracting large crowds throughout Europe and features on BBC, NBC, ABC and Foxtel.

Jean de St. Aubin

North American Film Consultant

As the executive director of the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jean de St. Aubin has over 20 years of experience in arts administration ranging from strategic planning and fundraising to audience engagement and organizational development. Ms. de St. Aubin has led the Film Center during a period of increased attendance and revenues, starting with the rebranding of the Gene Siskel Film Center after its move to State Street, which resulted in a double-digit percentage increase in attendance. Prior to the Gene Siskel Film Center, she was the Cultural Arts Manager for the Chicago Park District. De St. Aubin is currently the President of the Board of Free Street Theater and is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Loop Alliance. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois—Chicago. Along with being a voracious cultural connoisseur, Jean is an avid world traveler.

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Open Hand Studios

Preservation, Education, & Interactives

Open Hand Studios is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and celebrating our world’s rapidly disappearing cultural heritage through innovative, collaborative educational and community revitalization projects. OHS works directly at the community level, partnering with distinct cultural groups facing rapid social, economic, and political change. All of Open Hand’s projects take a holistic approach, uniting preservation, education, and development programs according to the unique needs of each partner community. In doing so, OHS serves as a creative lab to develop effective new strategies for heritage preservation, as a thought leader for public cultural education and research, and as a catalyst to spark locally-led partnerships for sustainable community development. Based in Chicago and currently working in Jordan, Burundi, Palestine, Kenya and Australia, Open Hand Studios is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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