LaRonn Katchia is a Warm Springs/Wasco/Paiute filmmaker and storyteller from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. His passion, dedication, and love for film derive from his Indigenous teachings and lived experience as a tribal member. His films contain a unique, impactful and powerful approach to narrative and documentary storytelling.
Some of LaRonn's achievements include: Shooting and editing PBS's Roadtrip Nation: Native Way Forward, a behind the scenes segment for FX's hit show Reservation Dogs, both projects in collaboration with Ryan Redcorn and Buffalo Nickel Creative.
LaRonn is also the Associate Programmer/Advisor /Jury for the Indigenous Films Program at the Oscar-qualifying Bend Film Festival. Recently LaRonn & Bendfilm director Todd Looby hosted acting legends Gary Farmer & Tatanka Means, showcasing their work alongside the Warm Springs tribal membership.
Today, in collaboration with the Warm Springs Community Action Team, LaRonn is working on his first feature documentary about the transformation of a 125-year old, historic Commissary Building as it is moved and restored into a small business incubator to serve tribal entrepreneurs on the Warm Springs Reservation.
“My mission is to change the Indigenous stereotypes of film and to represent us through an authentic lens. The Indigenous perspective is what's missing in Hollywood today and needs to be brought to light. There are too many untouched original stories waiting to be filmed, and that being filmed by an Indigenous director.”
LaRonn is currently based in Portland, Oregon and hopes to continue to amplify the stories and honor the voices of Warm Springs & Indigenous people.