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Documentary Awards

       duPont Columbia Award
"Bad Sugar" (Episode)
Documentary Series
Producer/Director


Turtle Island Productin's owner and filmmaker James Fortier has won numerous awards over the years for his work as a writer, producer, director, director of photography and lighting director. His most recent award was the duPont Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism for his contribution as producer/direcror of the episode "Bad Sugar," part of the national PBS health series "Unnatural Causes: Is Society making Us Sick?"
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           Telly Award
"Gathering Together" 
Documentary

Producer/Director


Turtle Island Production's owner & filmmaker James Fortier recently received a Telly Award for his documentary "Gathering Together." The documentary was produced in association with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Auburn, WA. As a follow-up to his 2004 documentary for the tribe ("Pulling Together"), the film chronicle's the Muckleshoot's first hosting of the annual tribal canoe journey, whereby tribes from as far away as Alaska take part in the cultural revitalization of their canoe traditions, culminating in a traditional Potlatch sponsored by the host tribe. This was the first traditional Potlatch at Muckleshoot in over 100 years.
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             Emmy Award
"Alcatraz Is Not an Island"
Directing
Co-Writer/Director

Filmmaker James M. Fortier picks up his third Emmy Award. The Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences selected James for his directing of the PBS documentary "Alcatraz Is Not an Island," at the 32nd Annual Norcal Emmy Awards showheld on May 17, 2003 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The original 72 minute version premiered at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, followed by selection to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, and a Land Grant Finalist at the Taos talking Picture Festival in 2001. 
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          Emmy Award
"Waasa-Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions"
Ojibwemowin "Ojibwe Oral Tradition"
Documentary
Writer/Associate Producer


This six hour PBS Ojibwe documentary series earned 11 Midwest Regional Emmy eleven nominations, and received five Emmy Awards, including two Best Documentary winners.
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            Emmy Award
"Waasa-Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions" Bimiaadiziwin "A Healthy Way of Life"
Documentary
Writer/Associate Producer

This six hour Ojibwe documentary series earned 11 Midwest Regional Emmy eleven nominations, and received five Emmy Awards, including two Best Documentary winners. Press Release


American Indian Film Festival
"Alcatraz Is Not An Island"
Documentary Feature
Co-Writer/Director


The original 72 minute version premiered at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, followed by selection to the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, and a Land Grant Finalist at the Taos talking Picture Festival in 2001.
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American Indian Film Festival
"Waasa-Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions"
Ojibwemowin "Ojibwe Oral Tradition"
Documentary Feature
Writer/Associate Producer

Honored October 8th, 2002 at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, receiving the Best Documentary Feature Award for Ojibwemown: Ojibwe Oral Tradition, the 6th episode of  the PBS six-part documentary series, "Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions," which chronicles the history of the 19 bands of Anishinaabe/Ojibwe  of the Great Lakes region. The series was also honored with a special Producers Award for Best Series. Press Relase


   Indian Summer Festival
          Image Awards

"Alcatraz Is Not An Island"
Documentary Feature
Co-Writer/Director

Métis-Ojibway filmmaker James Fortier was honored by Native American peers for his documentary chronicling the 1969 American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island. As part of 2003's annual Indian Summer Festival held in Milwaukee from September 5-7, organizers added a Native American Film Festival featuring the works of American Indian and Canadian First Nations filmmakers. Among those whose work screened was James M. Fortier (Métis-Ojibway), whose directoral debut film, "Alcatraz Is Not An Island," was been selected best documentary feature and received an Indian Summer - Delta Vision Image Award.
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    Indian Summer Festival
          Image Awards

"Pulling Together"
Documentary Feature
Writer/Producer/Director

Pulling Together chronicles the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s canoe “family” as they embark on Tribal Journey 2003, the annual gathering of Pacific Northwest tribes reviving their ancient canoe cultures through unity, healing, and pride. Award winning filmmaker James M. Fortier (Métis-Ojibway) eats, sleeps, and pulls with the Muckleshoot tribe on a 14-day odyssey starting with the Makah Nation at Neah Bay on a journey of discovery, traditional song and dance, feasts, and lessons learned along the way.  Fortier gained nearly unlimited access and shot over 64 hours of cinema verité style footage as the action, twists and turns, let downs and successes played out in front of the camera. The resulting film goes beyond capturing the beauty and power of the Puget Sound waters and the physical challenges facing the young Muckleshoot canoe family members. What emerges is a story of hope and faith in a new generation of young tribal people.
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Corporate & Education Awards

Turtle Island Production's owner James Fortier started working in the video production field in 1987 primarily on corporate/industrial and educational videos. For the past 22 years we have won numerous awards for our corporate/industrial and education video productions.


San Jose Film & Video Commison "Joey Awards"

Video News Release, 1994
Director of Photography
Sony Corp./3TV Productions "Sony Play Station"

Consumer Video, 1994
Director of Photography
3TV Productions "Kim Anh Music Special"

Music Video, 1994
Director of Photography
3TV Productions "Thanh Lan"

Non-Profit Sales/Marketing Video, 1993
Director of Photography
Pepper Communications/City of Freemont, CA. "Discover Freemont"

TV Commercial, 1993
Gaffer
Don Quixote Productions "Texas 1"

Corporate Marketing, 1992
Lighting Director
Claris Corp./Breene Kerr Productions "Filemaker Pro 2.0"

TV Commercial, 1990
Gaffer
Breene Kerr Productions "El Mexicano Cheese"


Telly Awards

Telly Awards, 1995
Lighting Director
Breene Kerr Productions/Intel. "Pentium Processor To Go"

 


New York Festivals

New York Festivals Award, 1994
Lighting Director
Breene Kerr Productions/Intel "In Review" Intel Corp.'s quarterly news magazine show.


The National Park Service

Award of Excellence, 1997-98
Interpretive Excellence Competion
"We Hold The Rock" Exhibit Video

Director of Photography


National Education Media Network

Bronze Apple Award
, 1998
"We Hold the Rock"
Educational Exhibt
Director of Photography


Accolades & Accomplishments

Turtle Island Production's owner and filmmaker James Fortier has presented his work at numerous screenings on university campuses, tribal colleges, and for tribal organizations across the country. James was a guest speaker at SFSU, USF, ASU, Brown University, Syracuse University, University of Minnesota, UIUC, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, Stanford, KQED Television, and the Banff Television Conference screening his films and discussing aboriginal filmmaking.  His articles and interviews have appeared in several Bay Area and national publications. 

James is a two-time recipient of PBS’s Emerging Filmmaker Fellowships, including the prestigious PBS Producer's Academy Workshop at WGBH in Boston. His work in progress film “American Lynching: Strange and Bitter Fruit” was selected to screen at the prestigious Independent Feature Project No Borders International Showcase in New York in 2003.

Most recently James was selected as the Artist In Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Native American House. There, he taught a four-week filmmaking workshop, screened several of his films and led Q&A afterwards.

James also taught video production workshops for Native American high school students at the 1997 Native American International Film Expo in Santa Fe, NM. 1999, as well as with youth from the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Tribe in 2006, and with First Nations and Métis students at Capilano College, Vancouver, 2004.  In 1998, James volunteered his time working behind the scenes for the American Indian Film Institute in San Francisco, CA. 


Alcatraz Occupation 30th Anniversary Commemoration & Cultural Celebration Event

Turtle Island Production's James Fortier Co-Produced/Co-Directed  this historic event which marked the 30th anniversary of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71. The event featured American Indian musicians/performers John Trudell, Ulali, Floyd Redcrow Westerman, Charlie Hill, and more. In the photo at left, John Trudel leads his band Bad Dog along with his long-time collaborator singer/songwriter Jackson Brown.