Author: Ian Skorodin

Charine Pilar Gonzales

Charine Pilar Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo) is a Tewa writer/director. She enjoys producing a wide range of artistic and impactful films, including live-action narrative fiction, short docs, and stop motion projects. She’s currently in post-production for her short narrative fiction film River Bank, a modern interpretation of robin hood where a young Tewa woman gives… Read more »

Benjamin Flores

Benjamin Flores is a writer, filmmaker, and performer from Idaho and a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. His screen-animated comedy-horror short “One Gotta Go” was recently featured in the AV Club’s “Great Job, Internet!,” his humor writing has been published in the New Yorker online, and his podcast “Please Save Me”… Read more »

Jena Carter

Jena Carter (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a writer based in Los Angeles. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community who hails from a mixed Native, Ashkenazi Jewish & Caucasian background, much of their work explores themes of gender roles, sexuality and orientation, femme identity and the complexities around a diverse background; they often weave… Read more »

Kristen Calderon

Kristen Calderon (Acjachemen/Kumeyaay) grew up in Southern California. She has wanted to tell stories since she was very young. Her goal to become a writer became clear to her in 5th grade, when a class assignment about writing a time travel story made her teacher tell her she should be a writer when she grows… Read more »

Jamie Brunton

Jamie Brunton is a proud descendant of the Colville and Spokane people of eastern Washington state. She is a writer and performer most notably from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Ellen’s Game of Games. The proud recipient of 5 Emmy awards for her work as a writer, Jamie is passionate about exploring the voices of… Read more »

Myrone Sumner

Myrone Sumner is a Tsimshian writer, actor, and content creator.  Most recently he appeared on ‘Red Table Talk’ and was a producer on the adaptations of the Stephen King’s stories, ‘Gray Matter’ and ‘All That You Love Will Be Carried Away’.  His other work has been seen on  IFC, The CBS Diversity Showcase, The Second… Read more »

Michelle Hernandez

Michelle Hernandez is a Wiyot and Latina  filmmaker. She grew up on the Table Bluff Reservation, where she found her love for filmmaking.  She has a Masters in Film and Electronic Media at American University in Washington, D.C.  and  a B.A. at Humboldt State in both Film and Native American Studies. Much of her work… Read more »

Delaena Rae Uses Knife

Delaena Rae Uses Knife, Her Lakota name is “Olawan Un Wicayawiyun Winyan” meaning, “She prepares them with song”. Uses Knife received her liberal arts associates degree from Oglala Lakota College in 2013. She plans on graduating with a graphic design associate in Spring 2022. Uses Knife is a Miniconjou Lakota enrolled member from the Cheyenne… Read more »

Hailey Bighorn

Hailey Bighorn was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona and is affiliated with both the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in Montana as well as the Shoshone-Paiute tribe In Nevada. Bighorn received her associate’s degree in the arts from Mesa Community College (MCC) and is furthering her education at the University of Advancing Technology… Read more »

Shantal Begay

Shantal Begay is a graduate from New Mexico State University where she studied Animation & Visual Effects with a minor in Digital Film. She grew up on the outskirts of a tiny town on the Navajo Reservation before relocating for her education. As a Native American, she’d like to see more representation in her community,… Read more »