Stacy Howard's senior thesis film, "Amásání" (The Grandma), is about a careless young girl who gets suspended from grade school and is forced to stay with her traditional Navajo grandmother. Howard intends to submit the film to festivals.
Stacy Howard's senior thesis film, "Amásání" (The Grandma), is about a careless young girl who gets suspended from grade school and is forced to stay with her traditional Navajo grandmother. Howard intends to submit the film to festivals.

BFA Grad Awarded National Vision Maker Media Internship

Stacy Howard, who will earn her UA degree from the School of Theatre, Film and Television in May, is one of three students awarded a national Vision Maker Media internship.
April 27, 2017
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Stacy Howard (Navajo) (Photo credit: Jack Alexander Jr.)
Stacy Howard (Navajo) (Photo credit: Jack Alexander Jr.)

Stacy Howard, a University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television student set to graduate in May, has been awarded a 2017 Public Media internship by broadcaster Vision Maker Media.

Howard (Navajo) is one of three students nationwide to be selected for the competitive program, and the first UA student to do so, taking the paid internship at Arizona Public Media. During her internship, Howard will be involved in the development and production of television content.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the purpose of Vision Maker Media's internship program is to increase opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in public broadcasting. Since establishing the program in 2009, Vision Maker has placed 22 interns across the country.

Students are selected based on their multimedia and written samples and grade point average. Howard, who has been interning at the UA Hanson Film Institute, was identified as a candidate by director Vicky Westover.

"Vision Maker Media is pre-eminent in its support of the careers of Native American filmmakers, and Stacy is a genuinely talented emerging filmmaker, so putting the two together was an obvious strategy, and I'm delighted that it worked out," Westover said. "It was wonderful that Stacy would be placed at Arizona Public Media for an outstanding professional development opportunity."

Raised on the Navajo Reservation by a single mother who valued her Navajo teachings, Howard is of the Many Goat clan and born for the Deer Spring clan.

She graduated film school at Scottsdale Community College in 2009 and began working at an in-patient hospital. When she decided to go back to school, she chose the UA and, for her senior thesis, produced the film, "Amásání (The Grandma)." The film will premiere at the Fox Tucson Theatre on April 29 as part of "I Dream in Widescreen 2017."

Howard said Westover has been "a great mentor" and helped exposed to the many opportunities in film and television.

"I am excited that I was chosen for the Vision Maker Media internship and given an Arizona Public Media opportunity," Howard said. "I feel very blessed to be where I am at the right time, pursuing a film degree and hoping to making a difference for the Native community."

View the trailer to Howard's short film: