MICHAEL R.L. BEGAY (Santo Domingo Pueblo and Diné) is currently attending the Institute of American Indian Arts where he is working on a BFA in cinematic arts and technology, with an emphasis on directing, editing, and photography direction. He is a graduate of both Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and Haskell Indian Nations University, where he earned a degree in media communications. A multidisciplinary artist, Begay has received numerous awards for his work in both film and art.
Begay’s film, entitled Lightning Boy, combines a culturally based story-line with contemporary special effects, featuring the award-winning poet and writer Vivian Mary Carroll. Lightning Boy received the 2019 TCJ Student Best Film Award and will be present at the Pocahontas Reframed “Storytellers” Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia in 2020.
Bidzííl considers himself to be a drone environmental activist and documented the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota in 2016.
Operation Wigwam is a capture of one of the many street pieces that Fragua has done in the past decade.