Jeannie Barbour (Chickasaw) is an artist who currently serves as the Creative Development Director for the Communications Department at the Chickasaw Nation. Her work includes illustrations and essays featured in a variety of books and periodicals focused on southeastern Native American history and culture. She served as content producer for the Chickasaw Nation’s film Te Ata, and is currently involved with script development for the tribe’s next feature film The Chickasaw Rancher. She is a graduate of the Leadership Oklahoma program and has served on the Oklahoma Film Commission and the National Trail of Tears advisory board. Barbour was a recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Arts Award for contributions to the arts in Oklahoma.
Kyle Bell (Thloptlocco) is an independent filmmaker based out of Tulsa, OK and the owner of Redstick Film Productions. His film "Native Evolution" won Best Documentary & Best of Class in the 2015 SWAIA Class X Film Competition. His film "Dig It If You Can" also won Best Documentary Short at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival and Best Documentary Short Film Cinematographer at the Tulsa American Film Festival. He also films for the television program “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People.”
Kayla Briët (Prairie Band Potawatomi) is a self-taught filmmaker, composer, and musician. Her short films have taken her to the 2014 White House Film Festival, and she has been recently named a 2016 National Young Arts Winner in Cinematic Arts, a 2016 MIT Chamber Scholar, and a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow. In addition to her work in film, she is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who scores her own films.
Dr. Lindsey Claire Smith is Interim Director for the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers and Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma State University. She is the Editor of American Indian Quarterly, and co-founder of the Oklahoma Indigenous Studies Alliance, a collaboration between OSU, the University of Tulsa, and Philbrook Museum of Art which promotes engaged learning in American Indian Studies. She is the author of Indians, Environment, and Identity on the Borders ofAmerican Literature and the edited volume Alternative Contact: Globalism, Indigeneity, and American Studies.
Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw) serves as Coca-Cola Professor and Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. From 2007 to 2012, she served her tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, as the Administrator of the Division of History and Culture. During her tenure, she curated and launched the state-of-the-art Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK.
Amanda E. Cuellar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English with an interest in border studies, Chicano literature, and Mexican cinema. Her dissertation project interrogates Gloria Anzaldúa’s notion of la frontera in contemporary Chicano texts. Her professional experience includes teaching freshman writing composition, technical writing, and serving as a graduate teaching assistant for the Film & Media Studies department. She has served as a volunteer for the Native Crossroads Film Festival since 2016 and is a co-programmer for this year’s event.
Jennifer DuBois is the Administrative Assistant for the Film and Media Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. As Administrative Coordinator for Native Crossroads, she handles travel for guest speakers and works to bring in all of the films that make up the festival.
Nathan Frankowski is an international director whose work has taken him to more than 30 countries. He's best known for directing the successful 2008 documentary Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed, which was the highest grossing doc of 2008, bringing in $8 million at the box office. Frankowski’s directing credits for scripted films include the independent feature No Saints for Sinners, the highly anticipated To Write Love on Her Arms and Te Ata.
Dr. Todd Fuller completed his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and published his first book, 60 Feet Six Inches and Other Distances from Home: the (Baseball) Life of Mose YellowHorse. He and his wife, Randi, worked together to adapt the book into Rariihurru. His essays and poetry have appeared in numerous journals across the country, and his most recent work includes a poetry collection titled To the Disappearance. He co-founded Pawnee Nation College and served as President from 2004 to 2011 and currently serves as an Associate Director for Research Development at the University of Oklahoma.
Destiny Guerrero is a moderator for Native Crossroads and a Master's student in the English Department, specializing in Native American literature and creative writing. Her work explores Native American rhetoric and examines potential applications of survivance for individual and social progress.
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) was born and raised on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake, QC. She is a film and television actress, best known for her leading role as Alia in the award-winning feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls, where she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. She has also been featured in numerous productions such as Exploding Sun, Lionsgate Television’s The Dead Zone, as well as APTN’s Mohawk Girls. Her most recent acting work includes The Sun at Midnight and The Land of Rock Gold. Stolen marks her directorial debut.
Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw) is a Renaissance Man of Native art and entertainment. Judd is a filmmaker, scriptwriter, graphic designer and a visual artist. Specializing in pieces “for Indians to have, and that get white people to think,” he draws from the lack of mainstream Native American culture during his childhood and rewrites history. He also recently co-authored a book with Thomas Yeahpau (That Native Thomas) titled The Last Pow-Wow which was released in 2016.
Matt Kliewer is a co-programmer for Native Crossroads and a Master's student in the English Department focusing on Native American literature and film. His work primarily deals with issues of Native American representation, survivance and sovereignty.
Randi LeClair (Pawnee) graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s in Professional Writing. In addition to screenwriting, Randi writes short stories and serves as co-editor for Out of the Stars: An Anthology of Pawnee Writing, Stories, and Art. She and her husband, Todd, worked together to produce the film Rariihurru. In 2015, she was one of two artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab for her project The Other Side of the Bridge.
Dr. Kimberli Lee is an associate professor in Languages and Literatures at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She teaches writing courses, Native American literature and rhetorics, and cultural rhetorics among others. Her research interests include women writers of the West, contemporary Native American music and performance, and Native film and media. Her latest book is entitled Indigenous Pop: From Jazz to Hip Hop (U of AZ Press), co-edited with Jeff Berglund and Jan Johnson.
Shelly Miller is the Director of Marketing for the Chickasaw Nation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing/Business from Oklahoma State University. She has attended multiple Chickasaw Nation events including Te Ata screenings where she has participated in post-screening Q&As.
Dr. Joshua Nelson (Cherokee) is Director Film & Media Studies at OU, Associate Professor of English, affiliated faculty with Native American Studies, and, where he teaches American Indian literature and film. His book Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture appeared in 2014, and he is at work on a book on representations of the body in Indigenous film. He is the lead organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors of the SCMS, and Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. for the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Denisse Quintero has collaborated in the production of more than a dozen fiction and documentary short films, as well as in the development of several feature film projects. Her 2013 short film "Carreteras" was presented at the Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva. That same year she was a fellow of the program Jóvenes Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and winner of the Bloomberg fellowship of the Tribeca Film Institute for "El secreto ajeno". Her short film "El tigre y la flor" won the Development Grant from the Instituto Méxicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE).
Karl Schmidt is the Digital Media Lab Manager for the Film & Media Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He is a co-founder of Native Crossroads and handles the graphical, promotional, technological, and media needs for the festival. Karl holds B.A.'s in Visual Anthropology, and New Media Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.
Amos Scott (Tlicho) started his career in journalism working for CKLB, CBC North, and APTN National News. He is a founding member of Dene Nahjo, a collective of young northerners working towards celebrating and teaching northern cultures and fostering emerging leaders. He is also the founder and owner of Adze Studios Inc., a multimedia company with a focus on video production, editing, producing and photographing. In addition to AKOO, he has worked as producer for The Sun at Midnight and developed the documentary series “Dene: A Journey.”
Jill Simpson serves as Executive Director of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS). The international organization’s home office is situated at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining SCMS in 2014, she served for ten years as Director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office and spent the first 18 years of her career working in the film industry in Los Angeles. She was named one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 2014 Oklahomans of the year. She received an Oklahoma Film Icon Award at the 2014 dead CENTER Film Festival, and the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Film & Video Society.
Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, whose mission is to share Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives through Public Television. She has served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Shirley was Assistant Director for the South Dakota Arts Council, and she was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show, the Oyate Trail cultural tourism byway, and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates.
Maya Solis (Pascua Yaqui/Blackfeet) is currently based in Los Angeles, California where she is a Coordinator for Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. Prior to joining the Sundance Institute, she held archivist positions with the National NAGPRA Program, the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, the Academy Film Archive, and the UCLA Cataloging and Metadata Center. She graduated from UCLA with degrees in History and Film. She also received her MA degree from UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies program. She is currently a board member for Vision Maker Media.
Dr. Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche Nation) is a professor of North American indigeneities, critical media, and cultural sound studies in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In his first book Tribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Tahmahkera foregrounds representations of the indigenous, including Native actors, producers, and comedic subjects, in U.S., First Nations, and Canadian television from the 1930s-2010s within the contexts of federal policy and social activism. Current projects include “The Comanche Empire Strikes Back: Cinematic Comanches in The Lone Ranger” (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press’ “Indigenous Films” series) and “Sounds Indigenous: Listening for Sonic Sovereignty in Indian Country.” Tahmahkera’s articles have appeared in American Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, and anthologies. At UT, he also serves on the Advisory Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies program.
Sunrise Tippeconnie (Comanche/Navajo) started working with Native Crossroads with the integration of a concurrent media course in 2014. He has now focused on programming for the 2017 year. Additionally, he is a Lecturer in the Film & Media Studies Program where he emphasizes in courses in media production. He supports production coursework with on-set practice as an IATSE Local 484 member as well as in his own independent media work. He is currently in post-production on several fictional shorts that investigate Comanche identity and spirituality within the science-fiction and horror genres.
Dr. Kimberly Wieser is an Assistant Professor of English and an affiliated faculty member with Native American Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the director of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and serves as president of the Board of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She was one of the co-authors of Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective (Oklahoma, 2008). Her book Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and American Indian Studies, is based on her manuscript that won the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Books Award for Prose 2004, is under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press, with publication expected Spring 2017. Her areas of interest are Native critical theories, contemporary Native literatures, Native rhetorics, and Native creative writing.
Dr. Jim Wilson is an associate professor of English at Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma, where he teaches composition, creative writing, Native literature, and is a faculty sponsor of the Native American Student Association. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and has published essays in Platte Valley Review; Seeing Red - Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins; World of Indigenous North America; The Muse; and Dragon Poet Review.