Kaherawaks Thompson

Kaherawaks Thompson was born and raised on Kawehnoke, an island on the St. Lawrence River in the northernmost territory of Akwesasne. An alum of the Sundance Institute Native programs, Kaherawaks workshopped her short screenplay, Tehokkenhén:tons (“Close to Death”), during the 2010 Native Lab. In August 2012, a short film was produced from the workshopped story,… Read more »

Brian Ramian

Brian began his career in Los Angeles as an actor in the late 1990’s working both in TV and independent film. He spent several years honing his skills as a storyteller while understanding character psychology before deciding to follow a deeper calling to create story rather than just play in it. In 2006, he wrote… Read more »

Boise Esquerra

Boise Esquerra is a Native American (Hopi) filmmaker who is currently enrolled in the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, AZ. He is finishing out his last term at the New York Film Academy (Screenwriting), where he is at the top of his class and is in his 9th year of writing. He holds a… Read more »

Kris Crenwelge

Kris Crenwelge is a Los Angeles-based writer whose half-hour comedies focus on her careers in sports and entertainment, her experience as a motherless daughter, and life with her maternal Choctaw grandmother. Hailing from Houston, Kris graduated from Texas A&M University and landed a job working for a travel company in Mexico and the Caribbean. Within… Read more »

Sheila Chalakee

Sheila Chalakee, a citizen of Muscogee-Creek Nation, is a comedian and writer whose work has been seen on PBS, WEtv, E! Network, Univision, FNX, and most recently, Amazon Prime. Her collaborations with BuzzFeed, YouTube, and Google garnered over hundreds of millions of views collectively leading to positive press regarding Native issues from The Huffington Post,… Read more »

Emma Barrow

Sugar on the surface, strong on the inside, Emma finds a dance floor everywhere… even the grocery store aisle. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Emma moved to Los Angeles for college where she attended California Institute of the arts and received her BFA in Acting. She’s been writing since she was small: first picture books then… Read more »

Doane Tulugaq Avery

Doane Tulugaq Avery is a filmmaker whose stories focus on feminine, queer, and Indigenous character-driven narratives that seek to blend cinematic realism with surreal and musical moments. She was the recipient of the LA Skins Fest Emerging Filmmaker Award, and the imagineNATIVE Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Talent. Her short films have also screened at… Read more »

Showrunner Program

     The Native American Showrunner program is a new endeavor designed to address the lack of Native American executive producers in television. This is an intensive program designed to give experienced Native American writers an opportunity to gain new skills and elevate their opportunities in the television writing industry.      This program will… Read more »

2019 NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB

“As part of our mission to support underrepresented and emerging filmmakers, FilmLA is proud to support this initiative for Native American writers. Expanding the reach of underrepresented communities not only vastly broadens the entertainment library for all of us, it also greatly increases our knowledge and understanding of the greater American community,” announced Paul Audley,… Read more »

5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Call for Applications – Now Closed

The 5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for applications is now closed. The lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Kung Fu Monkey Productions and Snowpants Productions. The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is a five week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers… Read more »