About Dave Cunningham

Dave Cunningham is an Aboriginal filmmaker, communicator and educator with over twenty-seven years experience Writing, Directing, Producing, and Teaching. His body of work includes published books on Alberta history, training manuals for the multi-media classroom, and hundreds of video and television scripts, many of which have been developed for Canadian, American and British broadcasters.

His short books of essays on prairie childhood, Making Do and The Two Holer Textbook, have been used as part of the University of Alberta English literature curriculum. He is currently at work on his fourth publication, a "How-To" book on traditional Plains Indian tipi making called The Nearly Traditional Tipi.

Mr. Cunningham is a founding member of The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) and has held the video production chair for 13 of the last 22 years. He is also a founding member of NHTV (New Heroes Television), the highly successful youth film-training program, created by the National Screen Institute.

His work on Canadian History, Native People, as well as environmental and educational themes has gained him recognition both nationally and internationally. The award winning video series Rage, a study of the antecedents of violence, is used in penitentiaries throughout North America; The short Open Your Eyes and Be Aware is screened by AIDS awareness groups across the continent.

In the last three years alone he has been responsible for writing, editing and story editing over 15 hrs of broadcast programming for Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, CBC, Vision and others.

Mr. Cunningham is the founder and coordinator of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Arts Program (AMMP), which delivers multi-media programming to Aboriginal Youth in the Edmonton area, from the campus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Dave works as a freelance Writer, Director and Educator from his home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

About Rebecca Palmer

Rebecca Palmer has been an educator for over eighteen years. She began her career with Edmonton Public Schools and has taught in every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

The last nine years of her career have been devoted to designing and delivering multi-media programs to junior high and high school aged students. She was instrumental in developing the Strathearn Media Arts Program (SMARTS) at Strathearn Junior High in 1997-99. The program featured a one-of-a-kind media lab, which teachers used to deliver Career and Technology Study Programs to students, many of whom were at-risk teens. In 2001 she was a part of the Victoria School for the Performing Arts/Television Arts staff.

Rebecca is co-creator of the Aboriginal Multi-media Arts Program (AMMP) and has served as Instructor/Facilitator for the last four years. Her primary focus is on Digital Photography, Adobe Photoshop and the Microsoft Office set. She also works as a sessional Instructor at Edmontons Grant MacEwan College where she teaches fine arts students the fundaments of Creative Suite Three.

During the summer shooting season Ms. Palmer serves as production manager for many of Cunningham Communications video and DVD productions including CFB Europe, a television travel series currently in post-production.