KSUT’s Tami Graham interviewed award-winning documentary filmmaker Colleen Thurston about her film Abundance, which screens at the 2022 Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF). Abundance takes place in the food desert of northeast Oklahoma, as two citizens of the Quapaw Nation transform their community through food sovereignty initiatives. This film is part of DIFF’s “Affecting Change Native Cinema Program”.
Thurston teaches documentary studies and film production at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. As a non-fiction Indigenous storyteller, her films explore relationships between humans and the natural world, focusing on Indigenous stories and perspectives. His work has screened at international film festivals, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase, and the Smithsonian Institution.
For tickets, screening times and more information, visit DurangoFilm.org.
Colleen Thurston also recently joined the team at Native Lens, along with KSUT and Rocky Mountain PBS. Native lens is an initiative inviting Indigenous and Indigenous storytellers to share their own mini-documentaries. The goal is that by distributing first-hand Indigenous perspectives through the media, the visibility of tribal communities will increase as Indigenous voices are amplified.