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  • Across the Creek

    Across the Creek explores both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of Lakota people from South Dakota. In the face of unfathomable challenges, they are taking steps to better their lives. “It’s still here.” That’s the assurance of Lakota elder Albert White Hat that the spirituality, songs and power of Lakota people are fully present today. “It’s still here,” he says again, for emphasis. These words seem at odds with appearances on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, with their broken-down villages, deadly addictions and the sense of hopelessness. In Across the Creek, everyday heroes are turning around negative history and reclaiming traditional stories, visions and core values that once effectively guided healthy, productive tribal life. With few visible examples of positive action, the most powerful strategy is just walking the talk. Or, put another way, by crossing the creek. The film premiered on PBS in November 2014. www.pbs.org/program/across-creek Director
: Jonny Cournoyer Producer
: Jonny Cournoyer Editors
: Christian Glawe and Jonny Cournoyer Directors of Photography & Sound
: Jonny Cournoyer and Christian Glawe Production Manager
: Michael Garvey Musical Score by
: Jonny Cournoyer Additional Footage by: 
Michael Garvey Interviewers: 
David Cournoyer
, Ronald Cournoyer
, Michael Garvey Production Consultants
: David Cournoyer
, Ron Cournoyer
, Tim Cournoyer This program is a co-production of Ten Rounds Pictures and Vision Maker Media with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation