Jeff Bear (Maliseet) produces independent documentaries in partnership with Marianne Jones (Haida) at Urban Rez Productions in Vancouver. He was raised in Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick and speaks the Maliseet language fluently. In addition to his work in video, he has written widely about aboriginal, political and cultural representation in Canada.
"Every culture has a right to tell its own story. I have produced my work in the shadows of the cultural hegemony of American and Canadian media giants without giving up the basic teachings of my past. I would like to be known as a person who is here to help create cinema that is by us, for us, about us!"