Phil Lucas produced, directed, shot and edited literally hundreds of films about native people. Phil’s work covered indigenous issues from a native perspective not seen before on television.
His landmark PBS series Images of Indians deconstructed American Indian screen myths. For the Honor of All was the powerful true story of sobriety in a Canadian aboriginal community. Phil directed Storytellers of the Pacific, the first international TV series linking native people in Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Alaska, USA, Canada and Mexico. One of his last projects was Vis a Vis: Native Tongues, hooking up native artists in Australia and America.
Phil’s films screened at festivals around the world including Cannes and Sundance. He mentored a generation of young filmmakers in workshops, college courses and on his productions.
Phil Lucas died in Bellevue, Washington on Feb 4 after a long struggle with heart disease. He was devout Baha’i who had been sober for many decades. His five children are also artists and filmmakers.
Native American ‘a teacher in his films and classroom’
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Phil Lucas’ films told real stories of Native people
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