Natives in Hollywood, CA

$2,191 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 47 months
Please help in the next phase of the “exiled ndnz” photo project.

- I was told as a child "choose wisely' because it will impact your decision in life. From those teachings, I do what I do in my creative outlet. I choose not to use commodification of stereotypical elements in my work, but to bring a realistic, humanstic idenitity of what is an Indian today. 

My second phase of my documenting Native Americans in Los Angeles, will capture young Native Americans living in Los Angeles pursuing a career in film/television as actors, dancers or filmmakers.  My project will document their paths as they pursue a day in the life in Hollywood. 

This photography/film project will document individuals (which I have 5 commitments thus far) who have left their tribal reservation to pursue a career in Hollywood.  They will be photographed and interviewed within their contemporary environment -- living in urban Los Angeles where they still continue to retain cultural connections yet have goals to work in Hollywood.

I would like people to critically analyze my work and reimagine what is an "indian" today, because "Visual Representation impacts viewers for generations to come... it can be powerful, and it also be be damaging -I'll take powerful any day for the future of our native identity..."

Please support this project with a donation today.  In addition, please check out some of my photography here: 

Funds will be use for lighting equipment (strobes lights), additional lens rental and, studio rental.  Furthermore, I will be hiring a video photographer, makeup artist and wardrobe/stylist.  Another expense is going to go towards printing expenses needed to complete this project. (I do have a tentative art studio that will exhibit the completed project in Spring 2016). Funding will also go towards craft services and rental room for setting up.

By your donation, you will help in the production to showcase a neorealist portrait of urban Indians from different nations continuing to keep tribal traditions alive while pursuing a career in Hollywood. 

Previous project statement:

“Project “Legacy of Exiled NDNZ” was an idea that became a reality!  Over 5 years ago I had conjured up the idea to create a neo-realist photo/film project to pay tribute to the first generation of relocated “exiled” Indians coming to Los Angeles.  I had a vision, but this project has surpassed what I had thought!  I could have not done this without the amazing young adults who agreed to be part of this amazing project: Vivian, Spencer, Gladys, Kenny, Heather, Tony and Courtney!  I am forever grateful for their participation and commitment to the dream of this project coming to fruition.  Then having Duane, Timmy, Aaron and… John Trudell do the narration was a blessing.  I also want to thank Stephen Ziegler, Indian Alley, Union Station, Grand Central Market owners and to the many supporters from my GoFundMe – Crowd Funding to personal donations. Check out the projects website at  
(I couldn’t have done this without  donations!)

Please consider giving a donation and help support the next phase of the ongoing project I’m doing to document Los Angeles Natives from Tribal Nations living in Los Angeles.

Ahéhee' (Thank you in Navajo) 

Please visit my website to see my work:
My IMDb weblink:

* All supporters will be recognized in this project as supporters.
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We are almost there! We would like to start in the post production yet we need a bit more funds in order to start! We have the beautiful pictures on facebook (check out "Real NDNZ") and we have gotten some coverage of the story and done some interviews now we need to get the short film completed. Any donation amount will help! Please share, and a heartfelt "Thank you" to those folks that donated last week! #RealNDNZRetakeHollywood
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Monday updates!

Thank you all the donations we received last week! We are at 65% towards our goal and getting close to starting the second phase of completing this project.

Here is an article written by KCET - Artbound about this project.

If you can, please continue to share this fundraising link with others.

Again, thank you all for your ongoing support! It does mean a lot.
Brian Vallie
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Over a year ago, I started this project - so far I have shared it with a few media outlets check it out here:

In addition, we had a soft launch showcasing our images last summer in a gallery downtown Los Angeles, however, we are now in the second phase and need to complete the video interviews and short documentation of the project. Here is where I need some help. I know many of you have already donated which I thank you very much, however, we do need funds to complete the editing process of the film and cost to do some pick up interviews which results in studio rental and video equipment rental. I hope you will consider sharing our project to others and perhaps help us again reach our goal of $1,500 for the post production of this project.

Regardless, thank you always for your support! Sincerely,

Real NDNZ Re-take Hollywood
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We completed the first phase of this project and I couldn't have done it without your donations and support - a huge Thank you!!!

The project will be on display from Aug 4th to Aug 7th at These Days Gallery in DTLA - 118 Winston Street. Receptions will be on Sat from 3pm to 7pm. Please stop by and see the project in context - "Real NDNZ "Re-take" Hollywood!

Again, thank you!!!
Real NDNZ retake Hollywood
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$2,191 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 47 months
Created October 11, 2015
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Good work, good luck.

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I love your site and good fortune to your artistic travels my friend!

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