Author: Ian Skorodin

Ruth-Ann Thorn

Ruth-Ann Thorn is a pioneer Native businesswoman and creator. An enrolled tribal member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. She brings a voice to Native American culture. Ruth-Ann founded and is still at the helm of EC Galleries (, today. Over 26-years, she had notable gallery locations in San Diego (Gaslamp, Sea Port Village,… Read more »

Ashley Salaz

Ashley Salaz is a Coharie filmmaker living in Oakland, California, and is currently working as a freelance producer on digital and commercial ads for clients all over the Bay Area. Ashley attended the University of Southern California and has written and shot several short films since graduating. In 2010, she was awarded one of ten… Read more »

Ivan MacDonald

Ivan MacDonald is an Emmy-winning filmmaker. He is a member of the Blackfeet tribe and currently resides in Montana. He has produced and directed for work ESPN and Showtime. His most recent producing project Blackfeet Boxing Not Invisible premiered on ESPN’s 30 for 30 program and won Best Documentary Short at the 2021 Emmy Sports… Read more »

Tvli Jacob

Tvli ain’t no movie man, but he’s seen a lot of movies. He has also been fortunate enough to be around people who are in the industry and is lucky to have learned from them. Tvli is grateful for being a part of the Native American Media Alliance, and is really happy that such a… Read more »

Justin Deegan

Justin Deegan is an award winning filmmaker and a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation. Justin, began his career as a theatre actor in Fargo, North Dakota. However, he changed his path when he realized that the majority of the film written and produced were by Non-Native American filmmakers. That was the defining… Read more »

Sal Baldenegro

Sal’s life has been creatively informed by the unique culture of the Southwestern U.S., and as a Chicano/Yaqui writer, his work often includes Indigenous characters and themes. From a young age, his parents taught him to be socially conscious, and in addition to writing and filmmaking, Sal is a lifelong social activist. Sal’s personal experience… Read more »

Wenona Benally Baldenegro

Wenona Benally Baldenegro is a practicing attorney who moonlights as a producer for an online tv show, local tribal radio show and tv docuseries. Wenona is a former Arizona House of Representative. During her day job, she serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson, Arizona. Wenona holds a Juris… Read more »

Annette Arkeketa

Annette Arkeketa is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma and is also Muscogee Creek. Arkeketa is founder of Hokte Productions, an independent film and video production company where she is the producer, writer, director, videographer, photographer, and editor. She is currently Co-producing Indigenous Cuisine with Co-producer Tvli Jacob. Her productions include Iron… Read more »

Linzmarie Schultz

Linzmarie Schultz (Wyandot Nation of Anderdon) grew up in rural NC where she attended NC School of the Arts both in drama and a summer of filmmaking specializing in writing/producing. She (eventually) got her degree from UNC CH where she acted and wrote on the student television soap opera as well as being a guest… Read more »

Debra Peebles (Red Lake Band of Chippewa)

Debra Peebles (Red Lake Band of Chippewa) grew up in North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. Debra’s mother had a love of music and fine art, her father taught reading; and both told wonderful stories. Her aspirations and influences are not far from either of their worlds, however, her mother’s Indigenous heritage has moved her life… Read more »