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About the Artist

Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala met documenting the work of glass blowing artist Preston Singletary four years ago. They realized an almost immediate creative synergy and passion for the filmmaking process. Both Michael and Elke began their professional careers as performing artists and decided to return to film school as a mid-career change. Elke brings an academic eye from her work and connections with University of Washington. Michael is the technical guru having worked on a multitude of local sets from commercial to documentary with the sound and camera departments. Their work at Heartstone is truly a collaborative process from pre-production through post with Elke specializing in producing and story editing while Michael focuses on directing and polish editing. They both possess a love of telling stories with important messages such as public history or cultural education -- sharing a view of the world through someone else's eyes.

Michael and Elke received 2017 GAP Award funding to share a love of music and Native American culture with Seattle and beyond. Their production company Heartstone has been documenting Preston Singletary's passion for music over the course of several years now. They have many hours of compelling footage from interviews to performances to supporting b-roll. Their work illustrates the creative intersection of musical luminaries such as the late Bernie Worrell and renowned saxophonist Skerik with Native American cultural leaders such as Gene Tagaban and the late Clarissa Rizal.

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From the Artist

Michael and I have been working hard together and honing our skills as filmmakers for over four years. This is our first grant so we are thrilled about it! As two individuals who took a chance on changing our careers mid-life, this really means a lot for facilitating the progress of our work. In addition, we both feel very passionately about the content and subject matter of this Khu.éex documentary. This gets us that much closer to being able to share their important and meaningful music and ideas with the world. Thank you so much!

Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala