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Thank you to Native Voices Rising Panel sponsors at the MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival!

MacArthur Foundation
Nia Tero Foundation
Pop Culture Collaborative

Macro lodge at sundance
Native Voices Rising Panel

Why is Native representation
important? The proof is in the data.

what can you do to Raise native voices?

  • Create pathways for original content by Native creators
  • Hire Native People
  • Feature Native Americans in more predominant speaking roles and storylines
  • Feature modern, nuanced depictions of Native people
  • Reach out! If you’re not sure – contact us. We can connect you to Native people and experts to help ensure your depictions are accurate and culturally sensitive

WORLD PREMIeR: Indigenous filmmakers lounge


With an eye on social impact and changemakers in the entertainment industry, Native voices are rising at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival!

From Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) to Sterlin Harjo (Reservation Dogs, Mekko, 1491s), Native creatives are emerging and raising the profile of the exemplary talent in the Indigenous community – a grossly under represented population in the industry.

During the Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge WORLD PREMIER at 2020 Sundance, the co-hosted Lounge by IllumiNative and Gateway Entertainment, will feature two days of panels, roundtables, and screenings cultivated by Native artists, filmmakers, actors, and industry leaders.

The co-hosts worked closely with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program who have a long history of championing, nurturing, and elevating Indigenous creators like Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) and pivotal films such as Smoke Signals and the recent The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open from Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, recipient of the prestigious Merata Mita Fellowship.

Featured panelist / speakers / artists

  • Sterlin Harjo (Reservation Dogs, Mekko, 1491s), writer/director
  • Michelle Latimer (Trickster, Rise), writer/director
  • Julia Jones (Goliath, Wind River, Westworld), actress
  • Martin Sensmeier (Magnificent Seven, Yellowstone), actor
  • Zahn McClarnon (Westworld, Fargo, The Son), actor
  • Ryan RedCorn (Take Action: Protect Our Land, 1491s), writer/director
  • Jennifer Loren (Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People), director/producer
  • Danis Goulet (Knight Raiders), writer/director
  • Erika Soto Lamb, Paramount Network, Vice President of Social Impact Strategy
  • Tilane Jones, President, ARRAY
  • Elizabeth Bell (Wind River, LBJ), seasoned producer and entertainment/Indian law attorney
  • Heather Rae (Frozen River, Tallulah), renowned director/producer
  • Cassandra Begay, Climate Justice organizer, NDN Collective
  • Steven Paul Judd, artist