Vincent Schilling

Vincent Schilling
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Biography:
Vincent Schilling began as a correspondent with Indian Country Today in 2008 and remained a consistent contributor of stories, photography and video. In 2015 Vincent Schilling was named the Arts and Entertainment, Sports and Pow Wows editor for Indian Country Media Network. In 2018, Vincent was named associate editor at Indian Country Today. He also has a column #NativeNerd and he publishes several reviews on Television, Movies and online programming regularly. He is also the Executive Vice President and co-owner of Schilling Media, Inc. a Native American owned Media and Media Relations Corporation in Virginia. Vincent Schilling is an enrolled Akwesasne Mohawk, an Award-winning Native American author and an Award-winning Photojournalist; and a Public Speaker that has traveled all over the United States and Canada. In 2011, he was given a human rights award in the city of Virginia Beach by Mayor Will Sessoms Jr. for his work and programs created about Native American issues. Vincent Schilling is also the co-host of Native Trailblazers, an online indigenous radio program which airs every Friday at 9 p.m. EST. Native Trailblazers has twice been nominated for an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program. As an Editor and Photojournalist, Vincent Schilling has contributed hundreds of articles to national publications, most notably Indian Country Media Network. Other publications include Arthritis Today, Woman?s World, Winds of Change, The Tribal College Journal, Children?s Digest and regional publications in Virginia Beach such as Inside Business, The Virginian-Pilot and Tidewater Parent. He has received a Bronze Editorial Excel Award for his article Conflict on the Mountain in Winds of Change magazine and two Native American Journalist Association Awards in journalism and photography. His first book, Native Athletes in Action won a Moonbeam Children's award in multicultural non-fiction and acclaim as the book of the month on Native America Calling, a nationally syndicated Native American radio show. His books, Native Men of Courage; Native Musicians In the Groove; and his fourth book about Native Environmental champions entitled Native Defenders of the Environment are part of a growing Native Trailblazer Series. As an author and photojournalist, Vincent Schilling has met and spoke with a multitude of Native people in his adventures to include Retired Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Chris Eyre, Georgina Lightning and a plethora of award-winning Native American musicians and artists to include Wayne Newton, Felipe Rose, Mary Youngblood, Crystal Shawanda, and more. As a public speaker Vincent Schilling has shared his experience and expertise with public, private and tribal schools and colleges, The U.S. Military, Lockheed Martin and several other public, governmental and private entities to speak about diversity in the workplace and in schools, Native American history in the U.S. and in Virginia and ways to overcome the stereotypes of Native American people today. Vincent Schilling also loves photography and has had the pleasure of photographing notable people such as President Barack Obama, Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Ed Begley Jr. as well as Governors, Senators, Tribal Nation Chiefs and many others. Vincent lives in Virginia with his beautiful wife Delores. Vincent Schilling's most noted work with ICT is as follows: 8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day The True Story of Pocahontas: Historical Myths Versus Sad Reality Twitter: @VinceSchilling Instagram: @VinceSchilling
Publications: Indian Country Today

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
9.2/10 73% Harriet (2019) Harriet is a beautiful movie within all of its historic pain. But the one question I have, did Harriet need to be some sort of psychic to outsmart the horribly racist slave-owners? I question that choice. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
7.9/10 75% The Photograph (2020) Issa Rae and Laketh Stanfield do a masterful job in The Photograph but I found their relationship struggling to have fun. I was more drawn to the supporting characters' relationships such as the intern and the hilarious Kyle and his wife. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
7.9/10 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A hundred times better than I thought it was going to be. Though there were some technical problems, I enjoyed the cast of characters, including, of course, the sarcastic Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7.9/10 27% The Rhythm Section (2020) A great concept for a spy-thriller but I was frustrated at the worn-out usage of shaky camera footage during action scenes. Likely intended, but geeze, use the stabilizer button in your film edits. Jude Law was awesome. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
8.1/10 62% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Gretel and Hansel' is a bizarre and dark version for sure, but also a bit self-serving on the part of the director. Hidden within it all, gorgeous cinematography. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
8.1/10 71% The King (2019) I expected a not half-bad historical account. But it was surprisingly much more, with unexpected great performances to include Timothée Chalamet as Henry V and Robert Pattinson as the snotty French prince. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
7.7/10 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Great action, great fun, great special effects, laughed a ton, but I couldn't help notice a minor disconnect between Smith and Lawrence. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
6.9 / 10 60% Doom: Annihilation (2019) Great job reviving the world of the DOOM video game with nostalgic colored key cards and the BFG-3000, not an Oscar's contender, but who cares. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
7.4 / 10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Super scary, in a truly fun way, even if a bit over the top. I love diving into the world of the Warren families' 'room of evil things.' This made me want to see a movie about their daughter Judy, who already sees ghosts. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
9.5 / 10 83% Just Mercy (2020) Michael B. Jordan does beautiful work, Jamie Foxx is heart-achingly honest and Brie Larson joins in seamlessly to create a heart-wrenching truth about racism in America, in this case, Alabama. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
9.6 / 10 15% Dolittle (2020) "I loved it, I laughed, because it felt good to be a kid again. A star-filled cast of Dolittle comes together to create a beautiful film. Robert Downey Jr. is pure magic. " - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
10 / 10 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Yes, I am giving Alita: Battle Angel one of my stingy 10's out of a possible 10. Imaginative, true to the artists' concepts, and an all-out cinematic action blast. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
9 / 10 97% Knives Out (2019) I LOVED it. An amazing cast of characters led flawlessly by Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. The moment I thought I knew what was happening, a twist threw me. One of my year's favorite films. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
6 / 10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A great film showcasing the life and legacy of Mr. Rogers, however, I never bought Tom Hanks was anyone else but Tom Hanks. Disappointingly, the movie focused more on the journalists' story than Mr. Rogers. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
8.2 / 10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Still fun, but what happened to the game being broken? Jumanji: The Next Level excels with a star-filled and diverse cast with a complexity of approaches to their characters. Dwayne Johnson's ability to portray this was fantastic. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
8.9 / 10 95% Marriage Story (2019) Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver deliver a real and unflinching look into the theatrics of a struggling marriage. A tragedy, a comedy, and well-written portal into two souls reality - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
7.5 / 10 77% Frozen II (2019) I sincerely appreciated the respect paid toward the Northuldra. The fictional Indigenous tribe based on Sámi culture. A fun and magical film, but way too many songs. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
8.9 / 10 92% Togo (2019) Willem Dafoe and his Husky Togo's life-or-death journey is a mesmerizing nail-biter. Additional roles by Zahn McClarnon and Michael Greyeyes add depth to the story, but it's still a non-Native guy's story in Native Alaska - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
9.4 / 10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The best Star Wars episode since The Empire Strikes Back. With as much nostalgia as new story content, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rose to the occasion full force. (Pun intended) - ignore the haters. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
6.8 / 10 20% Cats (2019) The star power likely won't save this non-Jellicle movie of 2019. A theatrical powerhouse, CATS didn't translate well from theater to film. The songs were great, but the actors struggled to find an objective with the absence of any storyline. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
9/10 97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is beautiful in its tragedy, artistic in its truth. It did indeed 'break the world open' by telling a story that many non-Indigenous have tried to silence for too long. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/10 42% Midway (2019) Midway overshoots with too much CGI, an emotionless war, overacting and far too much cookie-cutter 1940 film elements. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
6/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As is Taika Watiti's style, Jojo Rabbit is a strange and quirky film highlighting the deranged narrative of Adolf Hitler as seen through the eyes of German youth. The comedy lies a bit too close to the tragedy. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
8/10 96% The Irishman (2019) De Niro is great as the blue-eyed Irishman Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino, in his over the top obnoxiousness, wasn't annoying as Jimmy Hoffa and all said, Joe Pesci steals the show as mob boss Russell Bufalino. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
9/10 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is a brilliantly filmed World War I movie, that showcases a wide range of atrocities of war outside of the spectrum of one-note bloody violence. This film is agonizing, believable and unapologetic in telling a real-time story. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
9/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) 'Last Christmas' is a romantic comedy that should be on everyone's must-see movie list. Fun, charming and adorable. Emilia Clarke as Kate is perfectly cast. The film also has a welcome tribute to George Michael. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Slenderman (2018) Darn - I had high hopes for Slenderman, the eerie modern legend of the tall faceless man in the forest that steals children. The disappointing thing is that there was a lot of material that COULD have been scary. The fear factor flopped. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
9/10 70% The Kill Team (2019) The Kill Team is an excellent and haunting film, believably acted, and flawlessly directed, that dives deep into a contemporary soldier's story in the war of Afghanistan. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
6/10 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Fun, even funny, but not quite hilarious. It's been ten years since Zombieland, so you'd think the filmmakers might have created something more impressive. One-dimensional, formulaic and predictable. No world exists outside the realm of this film. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) Big props to Will Smith for doing the best he could with what he had to work with. I still love him as an actor. But Gemini Man was a bust. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
8/10 68% Joker (2019) I enjoyed the dark twists of Joker, mirrored by the twisting of Pheonix's body. But even with a masterful performance by Phoenix, I struggled with yet another attack on the origin of the comic villain I grew up with. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
9/10 81% Abominable (2019) Abominable magically dazzles with charm, beauty and a whole lot of family fun. If you want to feel like a kid again, go see it. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
10/10 100% nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) I am hesitant to give a 10 out of 10 for any film, but nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up is an emotional award-winning film that is more than deserving. The tragic story of the Native young man Colten Boushie, shot and killed by a white farmer. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
10/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel hardcore. Like 'Holy %$#@#$' hardcore. Like, 'I won't be able to eat for a year,' hardcore. Like, 'I want to go to bed and cry now.' Oh my God Marvel, what have you done? How dare you Thanos? - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
9/10 97% Black Panther (2018) Spectacular diversity magic! Black Panther slashes a lot of things, chiefly colonialism. In my childhood, I was force-fed history that 'Civilizations of color were less than superior.' NO MORE! The world needs this black superhero. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) Not bad, but why does Denzel make a transition in the first movie to this one from a once hardened military soldier into a disheveled dopey guy that likely doesn't know how to comb his hair? It just started to go in a weird direction. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 80% Alpha (2018) Decent actually, aside from the Easter Egg stone and painting set decorations I guess the cavemen had in their pockets if someone croaked. But I loved the prehistoric animals. A fun movie experience. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/10 46% The Meg (2018) A giant shark dud. Hilariously bad. I actually enjoyed this movie because it was so horrible. The painful moments of Jason Statham (and I LOVE Statham) and the lead actress were uncomfortable, and I really cared less if anyone got eaten. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) Marky Mark (yes, I said it) drove me bonkers snapping that awful wristband. After awhile I was like 'God Stop Already!' Wahlberg was like a chihuahua on espresso - not anyone's best work. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
6/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) I wanted to LOVE Captain Marvel. I really did. And there was a lot to enjoy, but after all is said and done, I feel a bit underwhelmed. But I did love the Flerken / aka Goose the cat. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
9/10 90% Shazam! (2019) Great! Shazam is everything a superhero movie should be. It's the seventh movie in the DC extended universe, but likely the best of all to date thanks to Shazam actor Zachary Levi. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
8/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Angel Has Fallen, is an awesome action-packed film and enjoyable bullet-fest where agent Mike Banning protects everyone's favorite President, Morgan Freeman and Nick Nolte steals the show. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is REAL great ... with an emphasis on real. Would have been my first 10 rated review ... but they killed my favorite heroes. 'Cheeseburgers...' - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
8/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick 3: Parabellum - Was more like, 'shoot everyone in the cerebellum' An awesome movie with a just as awesome budget for the number of bullets used. Loved the dog too. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
8/10 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Always Be My Maybe' on Netflix, a simply perfect romantic comedy and a laughter-filled punch in the jaw - by a new boyfriend playing the perfect cameo that is ... - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
8/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 'The Lost City of Gold' is a-DORA-ble: Isabela Moner does a great job as Dora and the movie does well in making light of its own campiness with real adventures thrown into the mix. - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
8/10 42% Stuber (2019) Stuber is Uber hilarious: Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani are a perfect oddball mismatch who create comedic gold in an Uber trip gone horribly wrong ... - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 55% Ma (2019) Ma is a hilarious, yet creepy take on the 'cool neighborhood mom' a bizarre and outrageous romp through the sinister world of 'Sue Ann' played by Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Disney's The Lion King is a visually majestic masterpiece. The landscape is flawless, the music fun and nostalgic, and there's no place for any cynical adult reasoning, just enjoy it people, Donald Glover and Beyonce' are in it ... - Indian Country Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019