Corrina Gould

Main Character

Corrina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, CA- or the ancient village of Huichin.  She has three children and two grandchildren.  She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues. In April 2011, Corrina joined Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo, and a committee of allies, to bring together dedicated warriors for a spiritual encampment at Sogorea Te, a 15 acre sacred site in Vallejo CA. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle set a precedent for this type of work going forward, inspiring others that are working on sacred sites issues.

Corrina’s current focus includes creating an Ohlone land trust within the urban setting of her ancestral territory in the Bay Area. She also works full time at the American Indian Child Resource Center, where she assists in directing an after school program that provides services for Native students in Oakland. Corrina also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation, and is the treasurer for the Edes Ave HOA.  Last but not least, she is an avid Raiders Fan.

Michelle Grace Steinberg


Michelle Grace Steinberg is an independent filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. Via Underexposed Films, Michelle creates documentaries that reveal underreported stories with an accountability to the communities most impacted by them. Michelle originally hails from Washington, D.C.; she received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport. Aside from filmmaking, Michelle is a nutritionist and herbalist at a Spanish bilingual free clinic that she began in 2009 at Street Level Health Project.

In 2012, Michelle produced, directed, photographed, and edited Buried Voices in collaboration with the Native American individuals whose story it details. The film has thus far screened at the American Indian Film Festival and the L.A. Skins Festival, as well as numerous conferences and community venues; it is used as curriculum at several universities. Michelle is thrilled by the completion of Beyond Recognition (2014) and honored to have been a part of the collaborations it entailed. She looks forward to sharing this important story as widely as possible, while beginning to brainstorm her next film. When time permits, Michelle has also been known to play bass guitar and drums.


Robyn Bykofsky

Co-Producer and Sound Recorder

For over 15 years, Robyn Bykofsky has been engaging youth through media arts, theatre, and music education. She is currently Education Director at Downtown Berkeley’s new music venue,The UC Theatre. Previously, she was Director of Programs and Development at San Francisco’s Ninth Street Independent Film Center.  Robyn has designed sound for independent films and was Staff Sound Engineer at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She holds an EdM. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Robyn is excited to be co-producing Beyond Recognition.

Johnella interviewJohnella La Rose

Main Character

Johnella LaRose is a Shoshone Bannock woman from the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. She is the Co-Founder and a lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native-run group that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues. During the 1980s, she was actively involved in the American Indian Movement and home birth movement in the Bay Area. Johnella was an organizer for the carpenters union and is a recent graduate of Mills College with a degree in Sociology. She was also one of the organizers on the committee to protect Sogorea Te.

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Quinn Costello is a freelance editor and post production supervisor in the Bay Area. He has worked on a variety of documentaries with an emphasis on environmentalism and social issues worldwide. His work has been seen on PBS, The Sundance Channel, and The Learning Channel. Post Production Supervisor credits include American Masters – Sam Cooke: Crossing Over. Editing credits include Mustang – Journey of Transformation, Global Focus: The New Environmentalists and the upcoming PBS series Standing on Sacred Ground. He is currently directing a feature length documentary on coastal Louisiana.

modeling-ohlone-wing-ruthKanyon Sayers-Roods

Website Designer

Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, Hahashkani, which in Chumash means “Coyote Woman”. She is proud of her heritage and her native name (though it comes with its own back-story) and is very active in the Native Community. She is an Artist, Web Designer, Poet, Published Author, Activist, Student and Teacher. Daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, she was raised in Indian Canyon, trust land of her family, which currently is available for anyone in need of ceremony. Kanyon’s art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Snag Magazine, and numerous school projects. She is recent graduate at the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, having majored in in Web Design and Interactive Media. She is motivated to learn, teach, and continue doing what she loves, Art. Learn more about Kanyon and her website.

Vivien Hillgrove

Consulting Editor

Vivien Hillgrove has over 42 years of experience as an editor for both narrative feature films and documentaries. Her documentary credits include: 7 films by Lourdes Portillo, including Senorita Extraviada, a Sundance Special Jury and International Documentary Award winner; Deann Borshay Liem’s First Person Plural (POV), In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, and Geographies of Kinship; Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action; and The Future of Food. She was also music editor for the Academy Award winning Broken Rainbow. The narrative feature films she has edited include Henry and June (picture editor) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (picture editor and supervising dialogue editor).  She was supervising dialogue editor for Blue Velvet, The Mosquito Coast, and Amadeus.


Beyond Recognition features music by Andrew Bird, as well as:

Agrimonia, Sad Bastard Book Club, and T.I.W.A.E.I.S.

Aside from those mentioned above, Beyond Recognition involves an amazing team of

Native and non-Native advisors and crew, without whom there would be no film!

  • We can create a healing for the people that are here. Not just the Ohlone people but all people that exist on this land.”
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