Monday, February 05, 2018

A program for Young Storytellers


Aspiring Filmmakers Wanted
Attend The
Young Visions Video Project
Video Art, Media Literacy & 
Indie Film Development

Seeking young people ages 14-20 from the Greater Lansing area for a very special, grant-funded Filmmaking Workshop at Lansing Public Media Center.  Participants will explore the art of filmmaking hands-on with video artists Quinn Jiles & Petra Daher.
The Young Filmmakers will examine the power of storytelling, study and critique the role of media in society and script and produce video projects with a purpose. They will work as a team with other artists to plan and produce projects and learn the basics of video production, including scripting, camera techniques, video editing and graphic design.

February 28-April 26, 2018
Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6,
Free Parking & Bus Passes Available.
Lansing Public Media Center,
2500 S. Washington Avenue, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

 This event is free but Space is limited
 For details or To sign up 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Happy Holidays from Petra Productions

 Petra's Holiday Shopping Guide

Shop Online at Petra Production’s Web store

Did you know I have an online store on my website?  You can purchase a gift certificate for a photo session, fine art photography or schedule a life history documentary without leaving your home.

Shop Local at Lansing Area Art Markets
I will be attending three Art Markets in December at some very nice venues.  Pop Up Art Markets are a fun way to get creative gifts while supporting local artists, entrepreneurs and neighborhoods.  I will offer some Flash Sales on Framed Photographs and Canvas Wraps at these events. 

Petra Productions will offer nature photography, fine art photography, street photography, photo greeting cards, photo magnets, ornaments, masks & information about photography, video packages & life story documentaries.



The Holiday Art Market Schedule

Reo Town

The Reo Town Holiday Pop Up Market, will be Saturday, December 8th, 2017 from 10-5, find me at the AA Corridor building by Soulful Earth Herbals, 1131 S Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48910. The entire neighborhood will be participating in this holiday celebration.


Sunset Clay Studio

Sunset Clay Studio's  Annual Holiday Art Market is always a fun time, Visit us Friday, December 15th, 2017 from 5pm-9pm and again Saturday, December 16th from 11am-7pm, at 1820 Sunset, Lansing, Michigan, 48917.  We will have musical performances Friday night and on Saturday special guests, Far Away Places will perform at 3:00 pm.


Street Kitchen

Street Kitchen is Zane Vicknair's latest food venture.  We will be having a Procrastinator's  Pop up Art Market, on Friday, December 22, 2017, Noon -7 pm, 2722 E Michigan Ave Lansing, Michigan, 48910.  The event will be a great chance to taste some of the best food in town and finish your holiday shopping.

Thank you for being an important part of my community.  I want to wish everyone a joyful holiday season and New Year!

In Peace,

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Chris Clark Fellowship

Filmmaker Petra Daher, Chris Clark Fellow

I’m excited to announce that I received a 2017 Chris Clark Fellowship in support of my documentary film work.  This support comes thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Chris Clark.  

Chris Clark created a memorable legacy; he passed at 29 and left his inheritance to the arts.  He was a businessman and nationally known DJ who bequest his life insurance policy to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing to support working artists.  Each year 8 artits from Michigan receive the fellowship.

I’m an independent film producer and director, who is a one-woman production company.  My goal as a digital storyteller is to create and share stories that make a difference.  I’ve been making documentaries since I was a teenager and I still love the process; being a filmmaker is a labor of love.  Documentary film production is long, complicated and undefined, money is scarce and grants are rare and very competitive.  Equipment is expensive and software and equipment standards are always changing.  So gifts like the Chris Clark Fellowship are rare and I am very grateful.  I’ll use the money to purchase a state of the art 4k video camera.  I’ve been working with a DSLR camera and I can’t wait to have a video camera in my kit again.  Video cameras offer a completely different approach to cinematography, but that’s another story.  

Currently, I’m independently producing two documentary projects: Tree Hugger Travel and Great Lakes Water Warriors.  Tree Hugger Travel is travel and nature documentary project.  I create environmentally centered travel guides focusing on eco-tourism and activities that support local economies.  I do this through photographs, pod casts, video postcards, documentaries, and website design.  The series includes digital storytelling about Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and I’m currently writing the script for Michigan.  

Petra Productions editing Pipe Out Paddle Protest footage highlighting the need to end Enbridge Line 5

Great Lakes Water Warriors, my latest project, is a series of short documentaries about Michigan Water advocates who are working to protect water and enforce healthy environmental policies.  I explore the Flint Water Crisis, Water Shutoffs in Detroit, and the movement to shut down Enbridge Line 5.  The Great Lakes Water Warrior Series will be used as an educational tool and shared at teach-ins throughout the great lakes region.  I’ve spent the past two years working with community leaders and activists from Lansing, Flint, Detroit and Northern Michigan and I am in the unique position to capture their stories in a very personal way.  These grassroots activists need and deserve to have their stories shared.

I’m also partnering with the Lansing based non-profit group the Meta Peace Team, and am in the postproduction stage of Empowered Peacemaking.  This 30-minute documentary is about the mission and philosophy of The Meta Peace Team.  The group teaches peace studies and conflict resolution and places peace teams both domestically and abroad.  The documentary will help share the mission and philosophy of this very important group.

We are living during a critical moment in history.  Art, humanities, human rights and the environment are under attack.  I have set the goal to center my work around projects that support humanities, human and environmental health and the arts.  As a Media Arts Activists and Collector of Stories, I believe the arts are part of the solution and necessary to create paths for understanding and healing.

Staff and Award winners at Arts Council of Greater Lansing

 “Documentary filmmaking serves an important role in society; I love the process of capturing stories and the ability to be a media activist and artist who promote stories with a purpose."

Petra Daher

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Let Me Produce Your Life Story

Life History Documentary and Video Biography Packages 
by Petra Productions

Hello Friends,

I've created an opportunity for you to create a family heirloom and pass precious memories down from generation to generation.  Preserve family stories and history or document the story of a special event or business on professional quality digital video.  The process of making a documentary is fun and easy, I work with you to create a script, and filming is done in 1 to 2 days.  People often comment how much they enjoy the process of co-producing their life story with me. 

The Interview Process

In a relaxed environment of your choice you will be guided through an interview from the pre-selected questions.  The videographer, using state- of-the-art digital equipment, records the interview.  For an additional fee, the video can then be edited, adding graphics, titles, photographs, video, music and other visuals.  The resulting package is a custom Documentary to be cherished for generations!

Visit my website to view samples and see my Special Summer Video Packages.  Limited summer and Fall time slots are available, so schedule today.  Gift certificates are available.

Life History Packages and Video Biography Packages

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raise Your Voice

There is so much happening that I want to tell you about.  I'm in a new exhibit, called Raise Your Voice, it's a powerful collection of art, and I'm proud to be a part of it.  The social justice group exhibit is at a new gallery in Lansing called, Casa de Rosado, owned by artist and writer, Theresa Rosado.   The show features, paintings, photography, sculpture and graphic design.  The exhibit runs through May.  Like Casa Di Rosado's Facebook page for details and updates on upcoming events..

Want to meet the artists?  Attend the Closing Reception on May 6th and hear the fabulous music of Drew Howard.  I'll have some prints of the Lansing March for Women for Sale.

A few of the featured artists at the opening reception at Casa de Rosado

Casa de Rosado is my new favorite gallery in town.  Watch out for this local gem.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Michigan Puppet & Mask Collective

 - Represent the Earth -
 Be a part of our Nature Brigade!

Join The Michigan 
Puppet and Mask Collective.

Short Term Goal: Represent the Earth at the March for Science in Lansing, Michigan on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 with a huge amount of nature and animal masks and perhaps giant puppets. Can we count you in? 


Long term Goal: We hope to continue to create masks, puppets and Giant Puppets in the Greater Lansing area and host Puppet Parades, Spectacles and Performances.


Please be a part of our puppet collective! In addition to the many free workshops we are offering, we hope to host intensive Giant Puppet making workshops between March 27-April 15th in Lansing.  


We are seeking funding to make a giant puppet and fix a few others for the Lansing March for Science. You will receive a spot in the Giant Puppet Making Workshop Series by donating $50. Or more.

Help us create a Giant Puppet for the March for Science.




Join our Facebook Group:

In this group we will provide ideas and resources for you to create your mask and information about our workshops and events.


Please Donate and Share!  

This community art project is open to everyone!

Here is a sample of the puppets and masks made by Little Artshram. Help bring this magic to Greater Lansing! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Water Warrior, Defender, Protector Documentary Film Project

The 2016 Pop-up Markets have come and gone. I had a wonderful season. Thanks for being a part of it. The Petra Productions 2017 Calendar Sale, a fundraiser for the Water Warrior, Defender, Protector Documentary Film Project produced by Petra Daher Productions is still going on.

If you want to purchase either of my calendars, prints, or cards in the Lansing area contact me here or visit: Soulful Earth Herbals, 1131 S Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan in Reo Town.
For hours and more information about this charming store visit: