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Ernest L. Stevens III – Producer, director, cinematographer.
"I was born in Green Bay, WI, where I spent nearly all of my life. I am a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. I am the proud father of two sons Ernest IV and Daniel, as well as proud husband to my beautiful wife Stephanie.
I knew by junior year of high school that I wanted to be a filmmaker, and thus pursued that area in my higher education and would receive a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film Communications. Three months before graduation I became self-employed and began doing videos, promos, commercials, short films, and documentaries as an independent contractor. This was a way for me to grow more as a professional, taking on my own contracts and accounts to do work in film and video. I have pretty much been a sole producer, doing all pre-production, camera work, directing, lighting, editing, and distribution. Sometimes I might just consult or do the paperwork, but usually I am the “hired gun” for any given project. I value my education very much as I learned a great deal about my craft, but it was during this time that I really honed in on my style and point of view as a filmmaker.
I currently continue this work, which serves as my livelihood, but I am still pursuing my dream to become a highly successful narrative filmmaker. I have a passion for documentaries and plan to continue them in my career, but writing stories has always been in me since I was a child. I have been convinced for some time that this career is my destiny, and will continue to strive for success.
Giving back is also a big part of my career goals, as I do extensive volunteer work in the same field, and plan to start a foundation for various causes in Indian Country. I want to entertain, to educate, and to empower through visual storytelling, as it is Native peoples’ oldest and purest tradition.
I began working with Alex on The Philosophy of Pain during the summer of 2006. I had met Alex through Kevin Shoenebeck, whom had been an actor in my short film Seppuku. I was introduced to Alex and thought the idea was really cool, and wanted to see it made. Seeing as how it was a visceral, spiritual, physical, mental, and philosophical film to say the least, I decided to use that as a means to establish a vision, one that speaks for itself. Working on The Philosophy of Pain has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my career thus far."
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