A Northern Arapaho Filmmaker, Writer, Artist, Media Educator, and former Child Super hero.
Company
Redshade Productions
Born during one of the coldest winters in his father’s memory, from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Ernest M. Whiteman III is a Northern Arapaho filmmaker currently in production on a full-text, contemporary, feature film adaptation of HAMLET featuring a full cast of Native Americans. Ernest self-published a short stories collection titled The Autobiography of Blue Woman and is also at work on a novel entitled “A Rez Tale” that he will self-publish.
Ernest is the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. a non-profit film festival supporting Native American directors of all skill levels and finding them a venue to screen their films. He worked for Chicago Public Schools as a Media Mentor with Adobe Youth Voices Program assisting CPS teachers in the classroom teach student video production and graphic design skills. Ernest has also taught an upper-level course “No One Ever Sees Indians: Native Americans in Media” at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
Ernest continues to film, write, and make art. He continues working on an on-going “ledger art” project, an online comic strip, plans to create an autobiography combining the graphic novel and ledger art forms. He currently lives in Rogers Park. Not bad for a nameless Arapaho from Wyoming.
SELECTED Filmography
“HAMLET: The Whole Bloody Affair” due Winter 2018, feature film adaptation; director, writer, editor, producer and actor (Hamlet) – currently in production
“The Future: A Blue Woman Story” due 2018, short film; director, writer, producer, editor – Currently in pre-production
“The Final Meeting” 2017, short film; director, writer, producer, editor
“Drunken Indian” due Spring 2019 – film trailer parody; director, writer, producer – Currently in production
First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF) Promo videoes 2010 to present; Producer, Editor
“The Ernest Bear Show” Season Two, Nov. 2016 to present; Producer, Performer, Director, Writer, Camera, Voice, and Editor – currently in production
“The Ernest Bear Show” Season One, Twelve Episodes, 2013 – 2016, Web Series; Producer, Performer, Director, Writer, Camera, Voice, and Editor
“Wisdom of the Sages Video Series Two, Six Episodes 2013 to present; Producer, Editor, Writer – currently in production
“Three Scenes from ‘HAMLET’”, 2014, excerpts from dramatic feature; Actor, Director, Producer, Screenplay – Screened at 2014 Fall First Nations Film and Video Festival
“Two Scenes from ‘HAMLET’”, 2013, excerpt from dramatic feature; Actor, Director, Producer, Screenplay – Screened at 2014 Fall First Nations Film and Video Festival
First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF) UWP promo video 2012; Producer, Editor
“Wisdom of the Sages Video Series, Season One, Ten Episodes, 2010 – 2011, Short Film Web Series; Producer, Director, Writer, Voice, and Editor
Chicago Title VII Productions: T7 Achievement Celebration Video 2010, “Festival of Stories PSA & Highlights” 2010, “Begay Family Presentation PSA” 2010, “Debbie Reese Review of ‘The Jingle Dancer’” 2009, Producer, Director, and Editor; T7 Program Video (Student Project) 2009; Director, Producer, and Editor
“Neixoo” 2009, music video; Producer, Director, Editor
“A Letter Home” 2008, short film; Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: New Voices in Native Media: Works by Emerging Native Media Artists, Augsburg College Native American Film Series 2007-2008
“The John Woo Style” 2008, music video; Producer, Editor
“No One Ever Sees Indians” 2005, short doc film; Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: First Round Pick, Fox Television’s “On the Lot” Series
“FILM BY COMMITTEE” 2004, short film; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: 2004 First Nations Film and Video Festival
“Once Upon a Time in Skokie” 2004, short documentary; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: 2004 First Nations Film and Video Festival, Best in Class: Making the Personal Documentary, Spring 2004, Columbia College Chicago
“CH3K” 2003, video montage; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: First Nations Film and Video Festival “Celluloid Indians”, Summer 2003 Preview
“Avenger” 2003, short documentary; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: First Nations Film and Video Festival “Celluloid Indians”, Summer 2003 Preview
“The Arapaho” 2003, short film; Writer, Director, Producer, Editor – Selection: First Nations Film and Video Festival, Summer 2003
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    HAMLET: The Whole Bloody Affair
    Screenplay
    THE FUTURE: A Story of Blue Woman
    Screenplay, Short Script
    The Final Meeting2017
    Short
    Two Scenes from HAMLET2016
    Short
  • Director (3 Credits)
    THE FUTURE: A Story of Blue Woman
    Screenplay, Short Script
    The Final Meeting2017
    Short
    Two Scenes from HAMLET2016
    Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    The Final Meeting2017
    Short
    Two Scenes from HAMLET2016
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Two Scenes from HAMLET2016
    Short
College
Columbia College Chicago
Film/Video - Directing
19992004
College
Central Wyoming College
Radio/TV Boradcasting
19961998
College
Central Wyoming College
Native American Studies
19911994
Nickname
Nameless
Current City
Chicago, Illinois
Hometown
Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming
Ethnicity
Northern Arapaho
A Northern Arapaho Filmmaker, Writer, Artist, Media Educator, and former Child Super hero.
Company
Redshade Productions