Jamie A. Lee

Producer/Director/Editor Jamie A. Lee is an award-winning independent filmmaker who runs Visionaries Filmworks, a production company dedicated to social justice media.  She is also a Producing Member and former Co-Executive Director of Pan Left Productions. Lee is the recipient of the 2009 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant to assist her in post-production on her latest documentary film project, aguamiel: secrets of the agave.

aguamiel: secrets of the agave is Lee’s fourth documentary feature (http://www.aguamiel-documentary.com). Lee screened clips of this collaborative film project and presented with her co-director at the 2008 Women’s World Congress in Madrid, Spain and the 2008 National Communications Association (NCA) Annual Convention in San Diego.

Lee’s last film, Green Green Water (©2006), about the Cree Nations in northern Manitoba who are organizing to critically re-consider the construction of large-scale hydroelectric dams premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Toronto), the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco), and the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival (Toronto). The film is currently being considered for distribution through Native American Public Television and will have its U.S. National Cable Broadcast Premiere on Free Speech TV on March 7, 2009. The film project’s video blog was a featured podcast in 2005 on Apple iTunes and has been featured in WIRED Magazine for innovative use of Video Blogging for networking and fundraising. (www.greengreenwater.com)

Lee’s first film, Treading Water: a documentary (©2001) was awarded Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary by an Emerging Filmmaker at the 2002 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival and has broadcast on PBS affiliates throughout the Midwest. Lee’s second film, THIS obedience (©2003), was awarded the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2003 Central Standard Film Festival and is currently being distributed through American Public Television and the National Film Network.

Lee is currently directing the Arizona LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Storytelling Project: Community Histories, a Pan Left-supported project, to lay the groundwork of an Arizona LGBT Archives to be housed and accessible through the University of Arizona’s LGBT Studies Institute. If you’re interested in this project, email jamie@panleft.org.

Public Presentations of her work
Family in the Northland (1992)
director/editor/director of photography
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
University of Wisconsin in Superior

That Red Van (1992)
director/editor/director of photography
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
Broadcast on the University of Wisconsin in Superior’s Public Access Channel

Coming Out (1993)
director/editor/director of photography
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
1993 University of Minnesota’s National “Coming Out Day” Celebration

Treading Water: a documentary (2001)
director/editor/director of photography/graphic designer
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
2002 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Winnipeg LGBT Film Festival
Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) & American Sociological Association (ASA) 2007 Annual Conference in NY, NY
Broadcast on Minnesota PBS affiliates
Featured and interviewed in an episode of the national PBS LGBT newsmagazine “In The Life” in October 2004.

Blind Lust (2002)
director/editor/director of photography
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
2002 Minneapolis 5 x 24 Short Film Festival

THIS obedience (2003)
producer/director/editor/director of photography
www.thisobedience.com
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival WORLD PREMIERE
San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival U.S. PREMIERE
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
Central Standard Film Festival
Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Reel Affirmations International GLBT Film Festival
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Winnipeg Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Reeling 2003 Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival
PrideFest5, Utah State University’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Reel Indentities 2004, New Orleans LGBT Film Festival
Witness Our Welcome Conference at University of Pennsylvania
Affirmation (Gay and Lesbian Mormons) Conference
Together in Faith Conference
Gather Us In Conference
CELEBRATE! Ecumenical Youth Conference

2003 Voting Member Mailing supported by a grant from the Headwaters Fund For Social Justice in which a VHS copy of the film was mailed to each of the 1,200 ECLA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Voting Members prior to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

2003 College & Seminary Outreach Tour supported by a grant from the Larsen Foundation (Hamline University, Luther College, Concordia College, UC-Davis, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, Luther Seminary, University of Minnesota – Duluth, Texas Lutheran University, University of South Dakota, Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Western Michigan University, Oregon State University, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Gustavus Adolphus College)

Currently being distributed by American Public Television, National Film Network, Wingspan Ministry, and Lutherans Concerned/North America (LCNA).
Green Green Water (2006)
producer/co-director/editor
www.greengreenwater.com
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:

imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Toronto, ON) WORLD PREMIERE
American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) U.S. PREMIERE
Planet In Focus International Environmental Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
Native Spirit Film & Video Festival (London, UK)
Cambridge Film Festival (Cambridge, UK)
Environmental Film Festival sponsored by SK Eco-Network (Saskatchewan, SK)
IFP/PHX (Independent Feature Project/Phoenix) Cinema Lounge (Phoenix, AZ & Tucson, AZ)

National Film Board of Canada’s Citizen Shift “Water” Tour screening in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, and Welland

Duluth Environmental Film Festival (Duluth, MN)
See the Light Energy Festival (Minneapolis, MN)
Northern Lights Film Festival (Ely, MN)
Bell Museum of Natural History (sponsored by EcoWatch, Fresh Energy, and Amnesty International’s University of Minnesota Chapter)
Washington DC Environmental Film Festival (sponsored by NRDC)
Manitoba Advanced Screening Tour (sponsored by Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development, University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students Association and Student Care)
City Pages Get Real: Documentary Film Festival

2005 VLOG (video blog/video podcast) launched on Apple iTunes to over 15,000 subscribers for which we were featured in WIRED magazine in a story about creative filmmakers using the web for outreach, networking, and fundraising for social justice documentary films.

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) & American Sociological Association (ASA) 2007 Annual Conference in NY, NY

American Sociological Association 2007 Annual Conference in NY, NY
2008 Expo Zaragoza International Water Conference in Zaragoza, Spain

Scheduled for broadcast on Free Speech TV in March 2009.
Currently in distribution negotiations with Native American Public Television.

“aguamiel: secrets of the agave” (in post-production)
co-producer/co-director/editor/director of photography
www.aguamiel-documentary.com
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
2008 Women’s Worlds Congress in Madrid, Spain
2008 National Communications Association Annual Convention in San Diego, CA

“We Are What We Eat: nourishing gestures” (in post-production)
producer/director/editor/director of photography

“imagine” (ready for post-production; organizing music rights)
producer/director/editor/director of photography

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