Badger Creek

by Jonathan Skurnik and Randy Vasquez

Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana. The Mombergs are a loving, sober family who run a successful ranch, live a traditional worldview and are re-learning their language.

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Special Still: Crossing river on horseback
Special Still: Crossing river on horseback

Synopsis

Badger Creek is a half-hour documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them, including sending their children to a Blackfeet language immersion school, participating in Blackfeet spiritual ceremonies and maintaining a Blackfeet worldview. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation.

Credits/Bios

Jonathan Skurnik, Producer/Director

Jonathan is an award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have broadcast on Television in the US and Europe. His films have also been screened at more than one hundred film festivals and art galleries. He produces and shoots his own films, works as a documentary camera person for other award-winning producers, makes promotional web videos for progressive for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations, consults with other filmmakers on their proposals and distribution & outreach strategies, and teaches filmmaking master classes and at Chapman University and The New York Film Academy. Jonathan also writes and directs collaborative fiction films and makes video installations.

Randy Vasquez, Producer/Director

Randy Vasquez grew up on the beaches of southern California and in the mountains of North Carolina. He has been an actor since 1983. His first documentary, made in 1996 was Concert of the South, which contrasted the original Zapatista movement during the Mexican Revolution with the current one in Chiapas. Testimony: The Maria Guardado Story (2001) was his first feature documentary that traces the journey of a Salvadoran political activist from being kidnapped and tortured by death squads in 1980 to her immigrating to the US in 1983. It won best documentary at the 2002 New York Latino Film Festival. Randy is a UCLA graduate with a BA in American Indian Studies.

Special Still: Badger Creek thawing
Special Still: Badger Creek thawing
Special Still: Goonskoo in cowboy hat
Special Still: Goonskoo in cowboy hat