The Native American Media Alliance has selected six fellows for the 5th Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab, a talent development program that boosts the careers of Native American writers in cinema. In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, the Cherokee Nation Film Office, and A+E Networks, the Native American Feature Film Writers Lab is an annual program for talented and aspiring screenwriters. Over the course of 10 weeks chosen fellows develop a new screenplay, meet with partner studios and receive feedback on their scripts from literary professionals.
“The incredible success stories from our many fellows of this lab is a true testament to the genuine work behind our programs,” Ian Skorodin, Director of Strategy for the Native American Media Alliance announced. “It’s an incredible inspiration to see our fellows working, writing and providing the authentic voice of Native America at every major studio.”
The Native American Feature Film Writers Lab received numerous applicants from several tribes throughout North America. The chosen fellows will take part in a ten-week curriculum overseen by a seasoned writing instructor with industry experience. The lab will consist of daily workshops, seminars and mentoring to help each writer develop and complete a screenplay in ten weeks and hone skills to prepare the participants for studio writing opportunities. The program concludes with each participant completing a new original screenplay and participating in our annual writers pitch fest every November during the LA Skins Fest.
The fellows of the 5th Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab:
Rory Crittendon (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Debra Peebles (Red Lake Band of Chippewa)
Faith Phillips (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Linzmarie Schultz (Wyandot Nation of Anderdon)