Lucas (Choctaw) has worked in film and television for
thirty years, and received the Taos Mountain Award for lifetime
achievement from the Taos Talking Picture Festival in 1999. Among
the subjects he has covered are health and well-being in Native
communities, Native rights, and Native arts. His film Restoring
the Sacred Circle won the Best Public Service Award at the
2002 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Lucas was
a participant in the 1999 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. He has
taught filmmaking workshops for young Native people and now teaches
media communications and technology at Bellevue Community College,
where he coordinated an American Indian film festival in 2004.
Lucas lives in Issaquah, Washington.
Lucas on Vis a Vis: Native Tongues: "It was really
wonderful to bring together an Aboriginal artist and an American
Indian performance artist. You begin to see, even though they
are from clear across the world apart from one another, the similarities:
the way they approach their work and the fact that because of
the colonization process that happened to both peoples that they
react in similar ways. This is a tremendous amount of creativity
and I like the idea of the challenge to the human spirit and the
ability to overcome that through their work."
Screened by NMAI
Phil Lucas - courtesy of the filmmaker