Hip Hop in Ojibwe Country



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Film Info
Program:Member Extras: Selected Shorts
Minnesota Made
Indigenous Peoples
Native American
Release Year:2019
Runtime:18 min
Festivals & Awards:MSPIFF39 Redefined - Audience Award, Short Documentary
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Sam Winter
Director:Sam Winter
Executive Producer:Hosi Simon
Tom Punch
Producer:Sam Winter
Cinematographer:Doug Porter
Editor:Lex Sadasivan
Andrew Nethery
Sam Winter


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About the film

An intimate, musical portrait of young Ojibwe Hip Hop artists in Minnesota, in the Twin Cities and on the Rez.

Director Biography

Sam is a writer, producer, and filmmaker raised on the great plains of Kansas, trained in New York, now residing in Los Angeles.

As a young filmmaker, Sam did serious time in the bowels of treasured multi-platform players like Vice Media and Condé Nast Entertainment, helping launch various digital video shenanigans, and developing a range of skills in production, creative development, and showrunning. Building on an early career shooting and editing, Sam brings a variety of perspectives to creating premium content and new media ventures alike.

Often plumbing history and current events to highlight stories in sports and music, Sam’s hearty passion for travel has led to extensive international experience spanning all hemispheres, latitudes, and longitudes of the globe while directing and producing award-winning festival films, branded content, and docu-series.

He’s produced work for Netflix, ESPN, Forbes Media, and the Olympic Channel, and directed for brands such as Converse, Pandora, Apple Music, Ray Ban, Gatorade, InBev/Budweiser, UNINTERRUPTED, Los Angeles Lakers, Major League Soccer, and Blizzard Entertainment.

Filmmaker Q&A

What in particular drew you to this story?

In 2012 I joined my friend and fellow filmmaker on a trip to Minnesota to help shoot a documentary exploring gang affiliation among Native youth. Outside of filming, we spent a lot of time socializing and attending community events. While it was eye opening to get familiar with Ojibwe history and tradition, attend pow wows, and partake in a sweat - I was also introduced to several Ojibwe hip hop artists based in the Twin Cities and on the rural reservations up North. Many Native youth identify with the struggle portrayed in a lot of Hip Hop music, and are using the art form to tell their own stories. I knew there was more to explore, and years later I was given the opportunity to return to Minnesota and shed more light on these artists, their culture, and their communities.

What are you working on now, what’s next for you?

Currently helping launch a content studio producing podcasts and developing properties for TV and film.

Any advice for emerging filmmakers?

Don't wait for conditions to be perfect to make your film. Take initiative and the universe will come to your aid. The key to filmmaking is the MAKING. Make crappy, scrappy stuff today with whatever resources you have and it'll lead to bigger, better work and an entire career if you keep at it.

What is it about MSPIFF or festivals in general that is important to you?

Sharing the work in a public forum is special for everyone who contributes to a film. It's a chance to connect directly with an audience, which can be rare in the world of streaming and online video.

What are you watching?

NBA Playoffs from the bubble!

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