2014 Scholarship Recipient: Raven Two Feathers

Film has made me the person I always wanted to be; confident, perseverant, and conscientious. It taught me how to convey my ideas, motivate people, and trust others that such a collaborative art form requires.  I went from rarely putting out ideas to friends, to pitching ideas to clients. Seeing myself accomplish feats that seemed only for those I thought of as betters has lifted my self-worth immensely.  Even better is seeing the relief and delight in friends after we all put 110% and sleepless nights into a film because we all love bringing stories to life and the journey that bonds us together while making the production happen.

Raven Two Feathers was a 2014 graduate of Ballard High School.

Raven is entering their senior year at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where they were First Assistant Director on the 2016 Shoot the Stars, and is completing their Advanced Directing final about the emotional and psychological aftermath of a fatal car crash.

Through their connections at Santa Fe University, Raven snagged a volunteer position at the Sundance Directors’ Lab during the summer of 2017 where they were assistant to the production supervisor. They worked as a juicer and grip during most of their time at the lab, with some substitute script supervising.  It was a fantastic networking opportunity and familial environment they hope to experience in the rest of their career.

Raven has been working to make student voices and concerns heard during the closure of SFUAD, in both activism and documentary work after seeing the frustration and fear in fellow students when the school’s possible closure was first announced.  Simply documenting led to concern about lack of communication leading to the formation of a collective, becoming the middleman for students to get the latest news and sharing information with one another via a Facebook group. The activism Raven has engaged in has helped teach them about the process and the commitment that truly goes into a cause.

On the production side, Raven has been fine tuning their directing in both documentary and narrative forms over the course of the previous year with pieces exploring gender and sexuality. Raven has continued to serve in the 1st AD role – one that is appealing more and more as a career choice - along with expanding into untouched areas such as 1st assistant camera.

While back in Seattle, Raven worked for the Seattle Public Schools Media Operations Center, who she interned for her senior year of high school.

At Ballard, Raven was president of the Future Filmmakers Club, and producer of Just Plane Lucky in the 2014 NFFTY 48-hour Film-Off, which placed second overall.  Raven has used her experiences of moving around the U.S. from the age of five to give her a fresh perspective of the world with the goal to tell stories that aren’t normally heard — stories about “the diversity that life has to offer.” In 2013 Raven, along with teens around the country, participated in the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience workshop where she told the story of the Suquamish Tribe in the Kitsap Peninsula. The film, Live to Remember, which she produced with other participants, screened at the Seattle International Film Festival and was added to the collection at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.