Stina Hamlin :: Co-director
Stina (Cherokee and Irish) co-founder of STATE of Mind Media & Director of Post Production at East Coast Digital, Inc., is an award-winning VR creator and television producer whose worked with organizations including UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, and USA Today. A former professional dancer, she was driven to co-direct a series of 360 dance pieces with choreographer, Jonathan Lee, one of which was a Black Lives Matter piece that won the grand prize in the #causes category for the Samsung Creators Awards, entitled “Say Our Name.” Her focus is concentrating on projects that amplify Indigenous voices and creating and supporting media in the fight to protect the water and Mother Earth.
Jade Begay :: co-director
Jade (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo) is a filmmaker, a producer, and a communications strategist. Jade currently works as a producer for Indigenous Rising Media and partners with 350.org, Resource Media, and grassroots groups to amplify Indigenous voices and stories from the frontlines. This past winter Jade worked in Standing Rock, ND, as the digital and media coordinator for the Indigenous Environmental Network to produce media and build strategic communications plans that shared the authentic story of the historic movement. Since working on the #NoDAPL campaign, Jade has been spending time with Indigenous communities from the Gulf Coast to Tohono O'odham in Southern Arizona to document how the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration are impacting their communities and also to highlight the ways Indigenous Peoples are bringing forth solutions and protecting their cultures.
NATE HAMLIN :: PRODUCER
Twenty five years as a Producer, Director, Writer and Cinematographer, Nate has created a wide variety of content that ranges across all spectrums of television, documentaries, music events, sports, entertainment, branded content and television news. Working with clients; ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, National Geographic, Spike, TruTV, FYI, HGTV, MTV, Merck and Johnson and Johnson.
What excites Nate most about being the Co-Founder of State of Mind Media is being at the forefront of VR and 360 video and storytelling in a new medium. Recently he produced and shot a 360 documentary for Doctors Without Borders about the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh as well as UNICEF’s first 360 documentary in Mozambique, Africa. He has also worked with USA Todays new VR series, VRtually There.
TRACY RECTOR :: PRODUCER
Tracy is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made more than 400 short films, and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, co-director of Clearwater, and director of Ch'aak' S'aagi; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
Chief Lady Bird is a Chippewa and Potawatomi artist from Rama First Nation and Moosedeer Point First Nation, who is currently based in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2015 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. Through her art practice, Chief Lady Bird uses street art, community-based workshops, digital illustration and mixed media work to empower and uplift Indigenous people through the subversion of colonial narratives, shifting focus to both contemporary realities and Indigenous Futurisms by creating space to discuss the nuances of our experiences. Chief Lady Bird makes work about ceremony, stories, reclamation, tattoos, sex, sexuality, language, fashion, cultural appropriation and hopes that her images can be a catalyst for reimagining our relationship with the land, each other and ourselves.