Leya Hale has been awarded production funding from Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Fund for the Twin Cities PBS documentary on Minnesota hockey icon Henry Boucha.
(St Paul, MN) – July 9, 2022 — Boucha (working title) is the most recent Twin Cities PBS (TPT) project led by director and producer Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Diné). The project has received a production award of $150,000 from Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Fund. The film previously received $25,000 from the Manitou Fund.
Boucha is the next big project overseen by Hale who also directed Bring Her Home for TPT, a one-hour documentary that examined the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Bring Her Home aired nationally on PBS in March 2022 and has been screened at film festivals across the world. Hale brings an important perspective to Boucha as a Native storyteller, filmmaker, and producer. Her work on Boucha will continue TPT’s efforts to be Minnesota’s storyteller by uplifting diverse stories and sharing Minnesota’s history.
The documentary is a collaboration between hockey legend Henry Boucha (Ojibwe) and TPT, directed and produced by Hale, that tells the story of Boucha’s life. He was a stand-out hockey star from Warroad, Minnesota, who impressed on the ice in the Minnesota High School hockey tournament, the 1972 Olympics in Japan, and the NHL.
The documentary details his athletic success until his NHL career was cut short by an on-ice assault and injury, his legal battles with the NHL, and his journey of healing and cultural reclamation. The film’s tag line explains: Boucha is not about winning and losing—on the ice or in the courtroom; it is about a man uncovering hidden pride for his people and culture.
Vision Maker Media is a premier source of public media by and about Native Americans since 1976. Their mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. The award to support the production of Boucha is part of the $1 million Vision Maker Media has awarded 11 Native filmmakers for public media documentaries this year.
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