Native Actors & Filmmakers: Visual Storytellers


"Through their stories the book captures how the US film industry is finally becoming more diverse. The personal stories from the actors and filmmakers are fun and entertaining and provide good insight into their lives and careers in the film industry."      -- by Danielle Burbank, San Juan Coll., Farmington, NM , 5/1/21

Discover the unique lives and career paths of twelve Native people who are actively working in the complex entertainment industry, either in front of or behind the camera. In addition to acting, their work includes motion picture, television, and digital production in such roles as director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and editor. Included in these biographies are real-world descriptions of what each member of a production team does, as well as advice on what it takes to get started in the entertainment industry. The glossary in the back of the book highlights the terminology used in TV/movie production, and the list of resources provides a variety of ways to obtain additional information about the industry. B/W photos

Award-winning writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee descent) has worked most of his life to create Native American content in dozens of Native American educational, informational, and documentary television projects. He is the author of sixteen books, including eight PathFinders teen novels. He lives in Santa Ynez, CA. For more information, visit his website at

YA 12-16