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Connecting and Amplifying Native Voices

Native Lens works with Indigenous storytellers and filmmakers around the continent to connect and amplify Native voices. Born during the pandemic as a platform for Indigenous folks to stay connected and share stories, Native Lens has grown into a training center, fellowship program, community hub and video platform that celebrates Indigenous stories and media production. Stewarded by Indigenous creatives, Native Lens now hosts hundreds of Indigenous and Native American films by Indigenous storytellers across North America.

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Training Initiatives and Media Fellowships For Indigenous Storytellers & Filmmakers

Supported by the KSUT Tribal Media Center on the Southern Ute Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado and Rocky Mountain PBS, the project has since grown to include filmmaking training initiatives. The Native Lens Media Fellowship launched in 2023 in partnership with Vision Maker Media and Durango Independent Film Festival to teach Indigenous-centric approaches to documentary filmmaking. During the month-long fellowship, emerging Indigenous storytellers conceive, direct, and produce original short non-fiction films and premiere them in a special showcase at the Durango Independent Film Festival. Learn more about the fellowship and apply here.

Native Lens is generously supported by the Colorado Health Foundation, Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media.

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