Director of Photography77 Videos

2010 US Census Los Angeles Region PSA: “I am Indian, and I Count” Native American Crew Bloopers, 2009

I was the DP and Editor for a series of these PSAs as Creative Director for Naqmayam Communications (Joely Proudfit). With special appearances by Joely Proudfit and her assistant  Geneva Sanchez, and interns Laura Hernandez and Tommy Devers. So much fun!

Intuit “Executives on Diversity & Inclusion” Long Form HR All Hands Video, 2011

Edited and shot for Intuit’s Human Resources Group. Edited on Final Cut Pro 7.0 with Apple Motion graphics effects using some client supplied video clips and photos. Key testimonials were shot by me on a Panasonic HPX 370 camera some against white background and composited in FCP using the luma key tool. The longer 9 […]

Gifts From the Elders Trailer, 2013

The trailer for the documentary Gifts from the Elders, 2013, written, produced, directed, and edited by James Fortier. “Gifts from the Elders” follows five Anishinaabe youth on a summer research project with their Elders, whose stories guide them on a journey back to proceeding generations that lived a healthy lifestyle off of the land. Their […]

Wallet Hub “Three Reasons” for Ludlow Media, 2018

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub for Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me and a Gaffer. All were shot on my Sony FS7.

Memoir of a Choctaw Indian Pt. 2, 2013

This was shot in 2013 on a Canon 5D III in Wadi Rum, Jordan for Choctaw author and playwright LeAnne Howe’s forthcoming eBook “Memoirs of a Choctaw in Jordan” (Working title). Shot and edited by James Fortier.

John Trudell on Joining AIM after Alcatraz for “Never Ignored: The Story of AIM, the American Indian Movement”, 2012 (WIP Teaser)

I filmed this interview in Sausalito, CA in 1996 for my documentary “Alcatraz Is Not an Island.”  This and other clips were to be used in a proposed 90-minute documentary on the history of AIM, the American Indian Movement, which I was to co-produce with filmmaker Jay Rosenstein (“In Whose Honor”). Our attempts to secure […]

Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions: Episode 4, Bimaadiziwin “A Healthy Way of Life”, 2002

Episode four of the PBS-8 (Duluth) six-hour historical documentary series Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions by Producer/Director Lorraine Norrgard. Best  Documentary Feature at the 2002 American Indain Film Festival. Mid West Region Emmy Award. I was the Writer, Associate Producer, and Director of Photography for re-enactment scenes filmed on location on the Lac […]

Hakela: The Last One, 2011 (Work-In-Progress Sample)

A work-in-progress sample for an aborted documentary project from 2011 that never received funding from ITVS, National Georgraphic’s All Roads Fund, nor Vision Maker Media. “Hakela: The Last One” chronicles the story of Lakota tribal member Calvin Spotted Elk, the great-great-grandson of the famed Lakota, Chief Spotted Elk. Chief Spotted Elk, who came to be […]

Intuit “LGBT Inclusion” HR All Hands, Long Form Video, 2010

Intuit Human Resources Group All Hands Long Form Video. Edited in FCP 7.0 with basic motion graphics. I shot this with Panasonic HPX 300 Camera. The longer 11 minute format allowed a more documentary storytelling approach.

LinkedIn: Unconscious Bias “Sexual Orientation” Video, 2016

I was the director of photography for a series of these LinkedIn HR employee  video for LinkedIn, produced by Inner Circle Creative. Shot on Sony FS7 and Sony A7SII with a three person crew.

Wallet Hub “Many Hands” for Ludlow Media, 2018

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub for Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me and a Gaffer. All were shot on my Sony FS7.

Wawatay: Maker of Light, 2023

“Wawatay: Maker of Light” is a sequel to my 2013 documentary “Gifts from the Elders” to mark the original film’s 10th anniversary, using hours of mostly unused footage filmed at Heron Bay/Pic River (Biigtigong Nishanaabeg First Nation Reserve) in 2012. It is more of a long form music video set to verité cinema footage to […]

John Trudell on AIM and Alcatraz for “Never Ignored: The Story of AIM, the American Indian Movement”, 2012 (WIP Teaser)

I filmed this interview in Sausalito, CA in 1996 for my documentary “Alcatraz Is Not an Island.”  This and other clips were to be used in a proposed 90-minute documentary on the history of AIM, the American Indian Movement, which I was to co-produce with filmmaker Jay Rosenstein (“In Whose Honor”). Our attempts to secure […]

Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions: Episode 6, Ojibwemowin “Ojibwe Oral Tradition”, 2002

I was the Writer, Associate Producer and Director of Photography for re-enactment scenes filmed on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in northern Wisconsin. The series won Best Documentary Feature at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco in 2002 and this episode won a Midwest Region Emmy Award. Produced and Directed by Lorraine Norrgard […]

Intuit Partnering with Workday, 2013

Profiles Intuits partnership with Workday, Inc. Shot on the Panasonic HPX 370 and edited in Adobe Premier Pro.

Intuit “World Day for Cultural Diversity” HR All Hands Video, 2011

Edited and shot for Intuit’s Human Resources Group. Edited on Final Cut Pro 7.0 with basic motion graphics effects using some client supplied video clips and photos. Event interviews were shot by me on a Panasonic HPX 370 camera. I also was a live event Camera Op and Lighting Director for the clips from previous […]

Dover Downs NASCAR 3D Demo, 2014

This was actually shot in 3D, but this is the 2D version. Director of Photography James Fortier.

Wallet Hub “Three Reasons” for Ludlow Media (Original), 2016

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub for Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me and a Gaffer. All were shot on my Sony FS7.

Mis-qui-Kiweninne “Red Face Man”, 2023 (Teaser)

The Hudson’s Bay Co., Nicol Finlayson and the Scottish-Oji-Cree legacy he left behind in Northern Ontario A work-in-progress documentary film and companion book proposal. The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Nicol Finlayson and the cultural and family legacy he left behind; from northern Ontario’s Long Lake to historic Fort William (Thunder Bay), on to […]

Stay Tuned: “Leftover Salmon – A Rocky Mountain High” 1996

I was the Director of Photography for this episode of “Stay Tuned” a 1996 Rockumentary series hosted by Peter Coyote and Produced and Directed by John Kuri. This episode was filmed at my favorite San Francisco music venue, the fabled Fillmore Auditorium. I also shot the blue screen segments with Peter Coyote at Golden Gate […]

Tansi! Nehiyawetan: “Let’s Speak Cree” Season1, Episode 1 “Greetings”, 2007

I was the Director of Photography for 3 seasons on Loretta Todd’s (Métis-Cree) children’s series “Tansi! Nehiyawetan”, which aired on APTN. Filming took place in Vancouver and the surrounding area. 2007, 2008, 2010. Tansi! Nehiyawetan invites children to learn Cree with Kai, Kayla, and Auntie Josephine through kinetic games, absorbing stories, compelling songs and dynamic […]

BBVA – San Francisco Style: Sizzle video, 2016

Corporate Employee Event Highlights Video shot on Sony FS7 and edited in Adobe Premier Pro.

Intuit “Personal Growth & Development” All Hands Long Form Video, 2011

Edited and shot for Intuit’s Human Resources Group. Edited on Final Cut Pro 7.0 with Apple Motion graphics effects using some client supplied video clips and photos. Key testimonials were shot by me on a Panasonic HPX 370 camera some against white background and composited in FCP using the luma key tool. The longer nearly […]

Searching for Sequoyah Trailer, (PBS Premiere Nov. 2021)

Official trailer for Searching for Sequoyah. National PBS premiere November, 2021. Searching for Sequoyah chronicles the life and accomplishments of the legendary 19th century Cherokee visionary, Sequoyah (George Guess), through the oral stories of five modern day Sequoyah descendants. While much is known about Sequoyah’s Cherokee writing system or syllabary, very little is known about […]

Wallet Hub “Dr. Wallet” for Ludlow Media, 2019

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub for Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me , a Gaffer and a sound tech. All were shot on my Sony FS7.

Alcatraz Is Not an Island, 1999 (Open)

Alcatraz Is Not An Island, (Festival Premiere at the AIFF 1999, Sundance Screening  2001, national PBS Broadcast 2002-2006) Executive Producer: Millie Ketcheshawno (Mvskoke) Producer: Jon Plutte Writer, Cinematographer, Director: James M. Fortier (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation -Formerly The Ojibways of the Pic River) Associate Producer/Historical Consultant: Dr. Troy Johnson Editor: Mike Yearling For thousands of […]

Stay Tuned: “Squirrel Nut Zippers in Concert” 1996

I was the Director of Photography for this episode of “Stay Tuned” a 1996 Rockumentary series hosted by Peter Coyote and Produced and Directed by John Kuri. This episode was filmed at Trax nightclub in Charlottesville, Virginia. I also shot the blue screen segments with Peter Coyote at Golden Gate Picture’s sound stage in Corte […]

Tansi! Nehiyawetan Season 3 Episode 10 “Music”, 2010

I was the Director of Photography for 3 seasons on Loretta Todd’s (Métis-Cree) children’s series “Tansi! Nehiyawetan”, which aired on APTN. Filming took place in Vancouver and the surrounding area. 2007, 2008, 2010. Tansi! Nehiyawetan invites children to learn Cree with Kai, Kayla, and Auntie Josephine through kinetic games, absorbing stories, compelling songs and dynamic […]

Wallet Hub “Now What” for Ludlow Media., 2017

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub through Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me and a Gaffer. All were  shot on my Sony FS7.

American Academy of Ophthalmology “EyeCare America” Video, 2019

Marketing and conference video shot on Sony A7SII with Gimbal work for Inner Circle Creative Producer/Director Blake Padilla.

Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire (Filmed 2002, PBS Broadcast 2004)

This documentary explores the challenges faced by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on their reservation in North Carolina in 2002. Through the eyes of Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe, we see how their fusion of tourism, cultural preservation, and spirituality is working to insure their tribe’s vitality in the 21st century. Director of Photography, James […]

Wallet Hub “Restaurant” for Ludlow Media, 2019

I was the director of photography for a series of these web ads for Wallet Hub for Ludlow Media. Shot on sound stages in the Bay Area with a minimal crew, me , a Gaffer and a sound tech. All were shot on my Sony FS7.

Pulling Together, 2003

2003 verité documentary for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe near Tacoma, WA. Reflecting the traditions of their ancestors, the Muckleshoot canoe “family” learns to put the group before the individual in order to survive the often treacherous waters of Washington’s Puget Sound. Chronicling their 14-day odyssey during Tribal Canoe Journey – 2003, filmmaker James M. Fortier […]