Sydney Leigh Soliz

Sydney Leigh Soliz is a descendant of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe who first discovered the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Sydney wrote her first screenplay “Vince and Guy” as a result of a tragic incident that disrupted the lives of Native Americans in Mashpee. “Vince and Guy” gained her acceptance into the American Film Institute (AFI) where… Read more »

Stefan Perez

Stefan Perez (Graton Rancheria) is a Native American, Latino filmmaker based in Petaluma, California. His small videography business keeps him busy while his filmmaking collective, Flat Quack Films, keeps him busier. Stefan’s original plan of becoming an actor ended when he discovered the power of filmmaking during an acting class assignment in high school. The… Read more »

Vanessa Lillie

Vanessa Lillie (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is the bestselling author of the debut thriller, Little Voices, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as must-read lists in Real Simple, Refinery29, and Cosmopolitan UK, and was named one of the best debut thrillers by Bolo Books. Little Voices was featured in the New York Times as one of a new type of… Read more »

Kyle Leonard

Kyle Leonard (Navajo) is a food and beverage aficionado and professional. He has spent his career working in hotels from Arizona to LA and New York. His expertise in the luxury hotel sector has led him to one-of-kind experiences and services. His most notable company worked for is the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts brand,… 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. Her work often focuses… Read more »

Joshua Emerson

Joshua Emerson (Navajo) is a Navajo comedian, writer, and actor, based in Denver, Colorado. He is a founding member of the award-winning comedy troupe and production company, DeadRoom Comedy. Comedy shows that Joshua produces through DeadRoom Comedy include ‘Colorado Native,’ a Native American Comedy Showcase, and ‘Dead Inside,’ winner of the Denver Fringe Festivals Audience… Read more »

Rory Crittenden

Rory Crittenden / ᎤᎵᏍᎦᏂ is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and documentarian from the Peavine community of the Cherokee Nation. He has won six Heartland Regional Emmys for his past work directing and producing nonfiction content for the Cherokee Nation.In 2022, Rory became one of the recipients of Firelight Media’s SPARK Fund. His western television pilot Goingsnake… Read more »

Diego Moreno (Pascua Yaqui)

Diego Moreno is a Pascua Yaqui and Mexican American screenwriter from Tucson, Arizona. His 2016 Native Horror Short, My-A-Knee, won the Alexander Laing Memorial Award for Best Screenplay. In 2018, Diego received a BA in Film and Media Studies from Dartmouth College where his honors thesis, My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys, focused on portrayals… Read more »

JohnTom Knight (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

JohnTom Knight is a writer, comedian, and proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Following his internship at Adult Swim in 2020, JohnTom was selected and participated as a fellow in the 2021 Native American TV Writers Lab. He currently serves as a script coordinator and freelance writer on the upcoming kid’s fantasy animated series Spirit Rangers at… Read more »

Maya Rose Dittloff (ǔkkayǔ”kwīyinnimǎakii/Many Pipes Woman)

Maya Rose Dittloff (ǔkkayǔ”kwīyinnimǎakii/Many Pipes Woman) is Mandan, Hidatsa, and Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet) from the Starr School region of the Blackfeet Nation. Maya is a member of the WGA and works as a writer, director, and producer across film and television. She was trained at UCLA in the School of Theater, Film and Television, and… Read more »