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Short by Sergio Mata’u Rapu Selected for National Broadcast

November 18, 2022

SAINT PAUL, MN (November 18, 2022) — Twin Cities PBS (TPT) celebrates Filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu whose short film—”Jonathan Thunder: Good Mythology” was selected by “American Masters” for national broadcast. 

Rapu produced the film through a grant from Firelight Media & American Masters for the 2nd season of the digital series “In the Making.” The film will be broadcast on TPT 2 following “Buffy Sainte Marie: Carry It On,” which airs at 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 22. “Jonathan Thunder: Good Mythology” will air as a sneak peek of the next season of “In the Making.” 

In the film, Rapu follows Anishinaabe artist Jonathan Thunder as he dives deep into the inspirations behind his surrealist paintings and animations. From the killing of an iconic American hero to critical perspectives of how indigenous people were portrayed in early children’s cartoons, Thunder’s art prompts viewers to take a critical look at our shared mythologies.  

TPT extends its congratulations to other station affiliates and partners who had a hand in the project, including Thunder, who previously worked with Rapu and filmmaker Leya Hale on “Bring Her Home;” former Supervising Producer at TPT, Adam Geiger, who edited the short; and Firelight Media. 


About Twin Cities PBS (TPT)
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