about

echotango = sound & movement

I make arts and media. I travel a lot, but most of the time home is unceded Arrernte country in Mparntwe, Central ‘Australia’. I am presently living on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Castlemaine, Victoria with my partner and two small kids.

For the past few years I’ve been working with Maya Newell and several Arrernte families to support the impact goals of their documentary feature film IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS.

I am also developing a speculative futures practice in collaboration with David Pledger and a range of other amazing artists and thinkers which we call The Things We Did Next.

Background  

I’ve been involved in social justice media and art making for over 20 years. In that time I’ve co-edited a social justice magazine ‘Greenpepper‘ in Amsterdam, participated in the People’s Global Action 3rd International Conference and ‘People’s Caravan’ from Bolivia to Colombia and was part of setting up the ongoing Melbourne community arts space, Irene Warehouse. I volunteered as a projectionist at the Coober Pedy Drive In, have put on grassroots media events, been part of organising blockades, actions and protests and had a stint as Triple J’s NT Arts Reporter.

I was part of the arts and social change company Big hART from 2004-2014 where I was Creative Producer of the Ngapartji Ngapartji project and worked on Knot@Home, Radio Holiday, DriveNorthcott Narratives and Namatjira among many other projects.

I’ve sat on the boards of Arid Lands Environment Centre, Engage MediaGUTS, RedHOT Arts and the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival. I am currently on the board of the incredible First Nations training organisation Original Power.

I’ve worked as an adviser to Senator Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens and at the camel races in Alice Springs I was crowned Miss Camel Cup in 2008.

I’ve worked across doco films as producer of Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji, THE ISLAND and Island of the Hungry Ghosts, production manager on the drama shoot for Coniston: Telling It True and director of Queen of the Desert.

Between 2014-2016 I spent two and a half years working as the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ project This Changes Everything

With two dear collaborators I cofounded the Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs, which is now on hiatus (for now!)

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pic by Anna Cadden

I recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and so-called Australia always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.