Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, Theatre Artist: Kendra, an enrolled citizen of the Lummi Nation, is a theatre artist and filmmaker, currently based in Missoula, MT. Her film performances have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, NY Human Rights Watch, and other festivals around the world. She won best actor in NBC/Universal Pictures Short Cuts Film Festival. The New York Times has called her “a skilled collaborator.” NY theatre includes both off and off-off Broadway venues. Regional work includes a national tour as Shelby in Steel Magnolias for MT Rep, and other productions in LA, OR, and MT. She developed a theatre and storytelling program at N'Kwusm Salish language school with William Yellowrobe, has created and implemented curriculum for Missoula County Public School’s Sparks program on Native American Studies using theatre in education techniques, and has presented work as a keynote and panelist at national and international conferences on personal storytelling, race, creative writing, Native issues, and literary study. In 2015, she co-founded MT+NYC Collaborative, and directed two of the company's first productions: The Woodstove and Dido of Idaho, and performed in The Wolf before co writing and performing the titular role in The Buffalo Play, which enjoyed its premiere in NY in the 2019 season at The Tank. She helps facilitate annual writing retreats for all genres with MT+NYC Collaborative. Kendra is producer and protagonist of a documentary called DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD (2020) about her adoption and reunion with her birth mother and Lummi heritage, currently making the rounds of the festival circuit and on PBS’ America ReFramed and World Channel. She is currently working on writing a play commissioned by MT Repertory Theatre, scheduled for full production in their 2024-2025 season
Co-Director/Olympia/Women of The Salish Sea/2022
Sheila Chalakee is a registered citizen of Muscogee Creek Nation. Her work has been featured on PBS, WEtv, E! Network, Amazon Prime, Univision, and FNX. She was the recipient of the SkinsFest TV Writers Fellowship in 2021 and touted as “making history and paving the way for accurate representation of Natives in the film and TV industries” by Cherokee Nation Film Office during Women’s History Month.
She has been featured internationally with Creative Manitoba and Indigenous Film Summit. She has performed sketch comedy, stand-up, theater and improvisation with various troupes appeared across America at world-famous venues. She received critical acclaim from The Chicago Reader as being "Among the Best."
Multiple collaborations with BuzzFeed, YouTube, and Google included diversity consulting for Native American content, which lead to well-received press from The Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, and international outlets like CTV Nightly News in Vancouver. She has a BA in theater and creative non-fiction from Columbia College Chicago, a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Yale School of Management, and has a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent) is an activist, agent, director, producer and consultant who was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. As a person with a background in both Native and non-native worlds Andre aspires to serve as an inter-cultural activist, working to build bridges and reverse the invisibility that serves to marginalize Native people in the US. Andre's primary background is as producer of dance, theatre, music and multi-disciplinary performance but has worked in practically every roll in the performing arts since he began as an active artist and arts administrator in 1999. In 2001 he founded Walrus Performance Productions, a non-profit dedicated to providing first opportunities to choreographers, playwrights and multi-disciplinary performing artists in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010 he founded Walrus Arts Management and Consulting which was expanded in 2015 to serve as a home to the first Native run performing arts booking agency representing Indigenous dance, theatre, music and multi-disciplinary artists . In 2019 he founded Indigenous Performance Productions, a non-profit company dedicated to producing new works, booking and managing tours, providing professional development and educating the performing arts field about Indigenous culture and performing arts content.
Sean Eve is a Gay, Welsh-born writer and producer, who teaches at NYU- where he founded Global Media Lab, and is the Director of Animated Ecologies, a non-profit supporting socially and ecologically conscious filmmaking worldwide. As a playwright, works including By Land, American Heart and recently Bedside Manners, have been produced in London and New York. Other theatre works, such as Paint, the inspiration for Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, have been adapted to film. Working behind the scenes for the better part of two decades in script and concept development, Eve is a little more visible these days, with Shiva Baby, winning a Cassavetes at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2022. He is currently producing, Just Justice, a documentary feature being directed by Katie Schiller that chronicles three decades of the life and activism of Justice Roe Williams, and is Executive and Lead Creative Producer of 24/2, a film directed by Anna Filonenko that introduces us to Four Female Russian Artists and the impact the invasion of Ukraine has on their lives and work. As well as the Aunties, which is being produced in conjunction with IPP, other current projects include Flore, a musical biopic set in Bogata and Mexico City, “Nowhere”, a trio of short films focused on gay and trans undocumented young people in New Jersey, and “Anger and Dust” a film on the disconnect between youth culture and ecological crisis in Bangladesh, being directed Tanjimul Alam.
Director of Photography
Rose Stiffarm’s maternal granma was Marjorie Studdhorse (Siksika), her maternal granpa was Harvey “Jack” Paul (Qu’wut’sun/Wśaneć). Her paternal granma was Esther Ohlerking (Aaniiih/Nakoda), and paternal granpa was Frank Stiffarm (Aaniiih). Her mother is Jeanette Stiffarm, and her father was late Anthony Stiffarm. Ms. Stiffarm was born and raised in Suquamish/Duwamish Territory, aka Seattle, WA.
In 2009 Rose moved to Unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-waututh territories, aka Vancouver, BC to attend Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Film Diploma (2012), Cinematography for Film & Video Certificate (2013), and Motion Picture Arts Bachelor Degree(2016) programs.
Ms. Stiffarm works as a Cinematographer, Camera Operator, and actively searches for projects that bring representation to marginalized peoples. Rose is always looking for opportunities to share film knowledge with up and coming filmmakers.
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