Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore is an independent filmmaker, lecturer, artist and educator. Moore is Kanien'kehàka (Mohawk) and an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand River territory where she is based. Moore’s work focuses on restoring spiritual, physical and economic balance at the place where Indigenous ways of being meet our modern experience. Moore spent two decades based in Washington DC working as a director, producer and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC and other media outlets. In 2004 she began making independent, community-based films as Shenandoah University's filmmaker-in-residence in Winchester, Virginia. Her 2007 film Wit, Will and Walls documents the history of desegregation in the Shenandoah Valley and has been used extensively in the U.S. and abroad to facilitate dialogue about race.
In 2009 Moore began work as an associate professor of media arts and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. There, she collaborated with students to create To Wisconsin with Love: a film about Ojibwe resistance and envisioning in response to what would have been the world's largest open-pit taconite mine. In 2016 Moore created From Wisconsin with Love – a sequel to that film that focuses on the spiritual, economic, physical, and legal aspects of the act of harvest from the perspective of Ojibwe prophecy.
Moore recently completed Onkwawenna Kentsyohkwa - a two-year Kanien'keha (Mohawk) adult language immersion program at Six Nations and is an ACTFL intermediate high speaker. She is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Continental and Haudenosaunee philosophy with European Graduate School based in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Other clients include: Free Speech TV, UNHCR the United Nations Refugee Agency, PBS, ABC, Japan’s NHK and other NGO and media outlets.
Tamara is an experienced arts management professional with decades of successful projects focused on community building and placemaking through cultural experiences. Louks supervised The Aunties Dandelion’s recent strategic plan that framed the organization’s work to revitalize communities through stories of land, language, and relationships from an Indigenous perspective. She’s been instrumental in placing The Aunties Dandelion’s films, podcasts, and programming in festivals and community events across North America including imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival (2021 and 2022), North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival (2022), Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (2021), Weengushk International Film Festival (2021), and others. Louks advocates for municipal support for arts and culture initiatives in her home community of Cambridge and Waterloo Region Ontario, including an asset mapping project to support the digital media arts industry locally. In 2018-2020, she led the feasibility study of a $15M co-working space and professional studios at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford campus which included the City of Brantford and surrounding counties (Brant, Norfolk, Haldimand) and Six Nations of the Grand River. This project also included the creation of a professional podcast studio, inaugural Podcaster in Residence program, and community workshops leading to national news coverage.
As an independent consultant, Louks also provides services to artists and organizations in project management, communications, partnership development, and grant writing and assessment. Her work spans municipal, corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors. From 2011-2018, Louks was Executive Director of the Grand River Film Festival hosting an annual festival, short film competition, industry day, secondary school programs, as well as year-round screenings as part of the TIFF Film Circuit. She also served as Arts Coordinator for the Cambridge Centre for the Arts at the City of Cambridge leading a multi-disciplinary arts program, gallery, gift shop, and artist residency. Past work with other key players in the culture sector include Idea Exchange, d3 Artworks, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, along with providing both volunteer hours and community arts consultation for individuals and organizations as the owner of dab: Developing Arts & Business.