Native American Media Alliance Announces Fellows for 4th Annual Writers Seminar: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Film and Television

– The Native American Media Alliance, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, announced the selected fellows for the 4th Annual Native American Writers Seminar.
– The seminar provides emerging indigenous writers with essential tools and opportunities to enter and sustain a career in the industry.
– The chosen participants workshop existing scripts with established writers, receive creative feedback, and engage in mentorship sessions to foster professional growth.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to break into the world of indigenous film and television production? Well, wonder no more because the Native American Media Alliance has just revealed the selected fellows for the 4th Annual Native American Writers Seminar! And let me tell you, these folks are ready to shake things up in the industry.

First up, we have Laura Casey, a member of the Muscogee Nation and a budding screenwriter from Norman, Oklahoma. With a background in academic writing about visual media, Laura has been making waves in the Oklahoma film and television production scene as a hair stylist and makeup artist. Her hope is to use her voice to tell relatable stories that prioritize crew safety above all else.

Next, we have Sean-Joseph Takeo Kahāokalani Choo, a queer, multi-ethnic theater artist based in Honolulu. Through his company, Kamamo House, Sean creates a space for artists to develop their work and build community. His playwriting has been recognized by prestigious festivals and theaters, and he’s no stranger to accolades, having won a Regional Emmy for his work on The HI Way.

Cody Schlegel, a storyteller from rural Ohio with Native (Pechanga) heritage, is another fellow to keep an eye on. With two novels under his belt and a knack for captivating storytelling, Cody’s imaginative tales are sure to enchant audiences far and wide.

Teotl Veliz, an Indigenous Chicano scholar from California, is a multifaceted documentarian, writer, and producer. With a passion for storytelling and a commitment to cultural representation, Teotl’s work aims to bring ancestral stories to the screen and amplify Indigenous voices in the film industry.

Last but not least, we have Amanda WouldGo, a Secwepemc and Wampanoag storyteller whose work blends ancient and modern themes to empower and inspire. With a focus on indigenous knowledge and queer experiences, Amanda’s narratives celebrate diversity and inclusivity in storytelling.

So there you have it, the 2024 Native American Writers Seminar Fellows are ready to take the industry by storm. Keep an eye out for their work, because these talented individuals are sure to make a lasting impact on the world of indigenous storytelling. And hey, if you liked this article, why not share it with your friends? Let’s spread the word about these amazing writers and their incredible work!

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