About the Film
In the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, Nikki Lowe stands out as one of the few Native Americans competing in the sport today. A fighter inside and outside of the cage, she continually strives to maintain her cultural identity as a Chickasaw Native, and is now focused on healing her body and soul from the latest tragedy to emerge in her life.
Mark Lewis is a tribal member of both the Gila River and Sac & Fox Nations. Already a professional photographer with over 15 years of experience, he has now transitioned his focus to filmmaking. Originally from Arizona, he currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is a Cinematic Arts and Technology major at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2017, he branched out professionally as the owner of Fox Clan Productions LLC.
Q&A about the Film
Legacy follows the inspiring story of mixed martial arts fighter Nikki Lowe, and all the trials and tribulations that brought her to MMA. Director Mark Lewis spoke with PBS about his emotional film.
PBS: During the film there’s a scene of Nikki Lowe sitting in a dark room with footage from a projector playing over her face. What was the artistic decision behind this?
Mark Lewis: My decision was based on the hope that the dancers would represent a Native family in flux. My thought was that the audience would relate to these figures as a husband and wife or brother and sister. While shooting this scene I wanted to capture the projections as almost a form of war paint on Nikki’s body.
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