Sundance and IAIA Screenwriters AnnouncedJun 30th, 2015 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program and the Institute of American Indian Arts’(IAIA) Department of Cinematic Arts and Technology selected six Native American screenwriters, Gabe Abeyta (Taos Pueblo and Navajo), Katie Avery (Iñupiaq), Kelly D’Angelo (Haudenosaunee), Felicia Nez (Navajo), Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee), and Kaherawaks Thompson (St. Regis Mohawk), to take part in the opening Sundance Institute/IAIA First Annual Native Writer’s Workshop, July 15-19, on the IAIA campus, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The selected writers will be given the opportunity to collaborate with professional mentors from the film and television industry to enrich their storytelling, and plan for a career in the entertainment industry. Professional mentors include Beck Cole (Australian film director and screenwriter of Here I Am and Black Comedy), Jason Gavin (television series writer for Friday Night Lights), Derek Santos Olson (television series writer for Friday Night Lights), Sierra Ornelas (Screenwriter for Selfie and Happy Endings), Alex Rivera (American filmmaker, Sleep Dealer), and Joan Tewkesbury (American television series writer for Nashville and Thieves Like Us).
“We look forward to giving these emerging writers the opportunity to receive feedback on their work, as well as reflect on the nature of meaningful storytelling,” says James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), chair of IAIAs Cinematic Arts and Technology program. “There is a compelling need to have authentic Native voices represented in film and television.”