about the filmakers

Chuck Banner

Known as both an artist and an activist for his acclaimed work with Native Americans in the entertainment industry, Chuck moved to Hollywood in the early 90's to become VP of Production for his father's company Bob Banner Associates.  While also developing his own company BannerCaswell Productions and Earthstream Media with his partner Ben Caswell, Chuck carries the torch as President of Bob Banner Associates, one of the oldest independent TV production companies, managing what is arguably one of the most prestigious classic library of TV series, specials and movies in television history. Chuck has also spent the last ten years helping to develop a state-of-the-art digital distribution platform in conjunction with a live, broadcast-quality streaming solution.

Chuck has decades of experience working as both artists and activists within Indian Country, beginning with his very first time behind the camera documenting of Yellow Thunder Camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1981. In addition to creating a number of films focused on Native American rights, Chuck and Ben were founding members of the acclaimed American Indian Summer Institute, in partnership with friend and mentor Floyd Red Crow Westerman, which provided over 250 native youth and young adults with hands-on training in the entertainment industry from 2001 until 2010 working with Fox Studios Diversity Department in intensive one-week immersion programs in the entertainment industry.  Many of the students that attended AISI are currently working the industry.  Chuck is an accomplished Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Editor with over thirty years of production experience, from single camera interview to multi-camera productions with the Dallas Symphony.

Watch Chuck Introduce An Unlikely Solution at Cato Film Screening

 
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Ben Caswell 

Ben and Chuck began working together in 1992 when Ben joined Bob Banner Associates as Bob Banner’s executive assistant.  Chuck and Ben’s first film project together was documenting the 20th Anniversary of Wounded Knee in 1994 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  In 1998, they started a job-training program in Television and Film production in Hollywood with The Southern California Indian Centers and Floyd Red Crow Westerman called InterTribal Entertainment. In the second year of Intertribal Entertainment they were founding members of Fox Studios Diversity Depatment’s The American Indian Summer Institute, which was a summer mentoring program that brought Native youth to LA from all over the country for a week to learn about the entertainment industry.  In 2005, Ben and Chuck formed BannerCaswell Productions, an inde-tv production company.  Within three years BCP produced two (2) twenty-six (26) episode series for a health and wellness cable network called VERIA.  They also manage the BBA Library of classic television, including The Jimmy Dean Show that will begin broadcasting in October 2015 on RFD-TV.  In addition, Ben spent 10 years in front of the camera and is a proud member emeritus of the Writers Guild of America. 

 

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