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Spirit of the Dawn

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Heidi Schmidt Emberling
Spirit Productions was founded in 1999 by producer/director Heidi Schmidt Emberling with the mission of creating films that celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

Her first film, Spirit of the Dawn, is an exploration of the dramatic changes in Native American education from the boarding schools of the past, where Indian children were beaten for speaking their language in school, to the more culturally-sensitive classrooms of today.

Her new film, Tangled Roots, is the story of her personal struggle to reconcile her dual heritage as both German (her father) and Jewish (her mother).

About Heidi Schmidt Emberling

Heidi Schmidt Emberling is an Emmy-nominated freelance producer and editor working in television, commercials, news, corporate, and documentary formats. She produced, directed, and edited Spirit of the Dawn, which is currently in educational distribution through New Day Films www.newday.com.

She received an Emmy nomination for editing San Francisco: Birth of a City, the first documentary in a 12-part series about the history of San Francisco for KRON-TV, San Francisco's NBC affiliate. Other projects include editing seven short documentaries for Green Means, an environmental series for KQED-TV, San Francisco's PBS affiliate. She also produced and directed two short magazine style television pieces; Forgotten Children, about Guatemalan street kids, and Mystery Disease, about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

In addition to her documentary work, she also edits for corporate video, news, and cable channels like HGTV (The Home and Garden Channel). She also edited for Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic in both features and commercials. She has a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Language Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

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