A documentary film project exploring contaminated
water and the impact of uranium mining on the people
of the Great Plains


About the Filmmakers

thumbnailSuree Towfighnia
Co-founder of Prairie Dust Films, Suree directed Standing Silent Nation, which chronicles the growing of industrial hemp by Lakota on their sovereign lands. Broadcast on POV in 2007, it garnered many awards in domestic and international festivals. Suree teaches documentary with Columbia College, EICTV in Cuba, Cinema Chicago, non-profit groups and as a teaching artist. She began the Lakota Media Project (LMP) in 2003 to provide mentorship and training to Lakota girls and women dedicated to documenting their way of life. Suree was the 2004 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award.

thumbnailBeth Sternheimer
has been a documentary producer and researcher for independent films and museum projects for 15 years. She co-produced the PBS/ITVS/Kindling Group series, The Calling, (broadcast nationally on Independent Lens December 2010), which chronicles experiences of seminarians preparing to enter the clergy. She was AP on Secrecy, a documentary on government secrecy and for Traces of the Trade, which follows descendants of the largest slave trading family retracing the Triangle Trade. Both films premiered at Sundance in 2008 and Traces was broadcast on P.O.V. Beth was a 2009 national Emmy nominee for Outstanding Research on Traces of the Trade.

thumbnailSharon Karp
has edited documentaries for over 30 years. She was the editor on Prairie Dust Films last project, Standing Silent Nation. Among her award-winning films are the Emmy-nominated Silent Pioneers, Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo Winner The Chicago Maternity Center Story, and Return of Navajo Boy, a Sundance Film Festival official selection. Her most recent projects include The Innocent, winner of the Crystal Heart Award for documentary feature, about people wrongly sentenced to death, and Burnt Oranges, winner of the Cine Golden Eagle Award, about state terrorism in Argentina during the 1970's. Sharon is the owner of Media Monster in Chicago, which provides full-service production and editing services.

thumbnailBryan Litt
is an independent filmmaker and commercial director whose work has received numerous awards and screened around the world. When he doesn't have a camera in his hand he collects old records, vintage sports memorabilia, international folk art, and fine Kentucky bourbons. On the weekends you can often find him laying on the couch with his wife and two dogs while reading the Sunday paper and listening to Billie Holiday.