Sydney Freeland is a transgender Navajo filmmaker best known for directing films like Drunktown's Finest and Netflix original Deidra and Laney Rob a Train. Since 2008, Freeland has written for and directed over 15 movies and TV shows. Some of the projects Freeland has contributed to as either a writer, director, or producer include Nancy Drew, Reservation Dogs, Hoverboard, and Grey's Anatomy.
Sterlin Harjo is an American filmmaker and a member of the Seminole tribe. Throughout his career, Harjo has directed three feature films, one documentary, and the hit comedy series Reservation Dogs. Harjo's work focuses on providing audiences with a Native American perspective and includes Native American characters. Other work credited to Harjo includes Goodnight Irene (short film), Barking Water (film), and This May Be the Last Time (documentary).
Tracey Deer is a Mohawk Native American and prominent Canadian screenwriter, film director, and newspaper publisher. Deer's five-season TV series Mohawk Girls earned her the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Additionally, Deer has directed and written several award-winning documentaries for the Aboriginal-run production company Rezolution Pictures. In 2008, Deer was the first Mohawk woman to win the Gemini Award for her documentary Club Native.
Erica Tremblay is a Seneca-Cayuga filmmaker primarily known for her documentaries. Some of Tremblay's films include In the Turn, Heartland: A Portrait of Survival, and Tiny Red Universe. Shortly after In the Turn was released, Tremblay was awarded a National Artist Fellowship at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Currently, Tremblay works as the director of video at Bustle, an American magazine geared toward women.
Kyle Bell is a filmmaker, director, cinematographer, editor, and photographer from the Thlopthlocco Creek Tribal Town. Bell aims to tell stories relating to Native Americans through his work because he feels their voices are not often heard. After directing multiple successful documentaries, Bell became a protégé to cinema legend Spike Lee. Currently, Bell is working on a new documentary short with Kathryn Bigelow, director of Detroit and The Hurt Locker.
Jeff Barnaby is a Mi'kmaq director, composer, film editor, and writer. Barnaby began his career in 2004, directing short films. One such film included From Cherry English, which won two Golden Sheaf Awards: Best Aboriginal and Best Videography at the Yorkton Film Festival. Additional films Barnaby has directed include The Colony and File Under Miscellaneous, which was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama.
Ben-Alex Dupris is a filmmaker, Miniconjou Lakota, and an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Dupris' debut film, Sweetheart Dancers, earned him the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film in 2019. Through his work, Dupris strives to honor Indigenous people and their homelands. Currently, Dupris is an instructor at Duke University, teaching a course on Indigenous mythology in pop culture.