Professionals of Color Lecture Series Presents: Peter Bratt

Date: October 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/oma

Hispanic Heritage Month
LIB 100 & 201 Approved

Peter Bratt is an acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer. His first film, Follow Me Home, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996 and opened audiences’ eyes with its honest look at the social issues faced by five urban individuals as they traveled across the United States to Washington, D.C.  Its exploration of the journey to redemption and the ultimate reach toward conquering societal ills is a thematic echo further examined in his sophomore effort, La Mission.

La Mission premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and earned Bratt the prestigious 2010 Norman Lear Writer’s Award.  ((Most recently La MISSION was one of ten films invited to participate in the prestigious 2011 FILM FORWARD INITIATIVE.  Bratt believes in the transformative power of storytelling and strives to encourage young people to tell their stories.

In addition to his pursuit of film, Bratt and his family have a long history of activism in the Bay Area Native American community. Bratt’s mother, an Indigenous woman from Peru, was part of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 and the Wounded Knee stand-off in 1973.((Bratt collaborates regularly with the Friendship House Association of American Indians, serves on the advisory board of Amazon Watch, and is one of the founding members of Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye (‘Wears the Star Lodge’), a non-profit established to nurture, cultivate and reinforce Native American spiritual values and traditions in Indian communities.