According to an announcement by Sundance, five of the institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program alumni have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 This is a positive change for Oscars diversity as the Native artists become a part of the nominating and voting body of the Oscars, each within their own branches and on larger voting sections for the awards.

The five artists and program alumni - as well as a few of their production credits - are listed on the Sundance Institute website:

"Sundance Institute’s commitment to uplifting the voices of Native artists is woven throughout the organization’s history, as the Native American and Indigenous Program has built and sustained an Indigenous film circle throughout the 22 years of its formal existence within the Institute."

"Through sustained and continuous support of filmmakers with grants, Labs, mentorships, public programs and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival, great strides have been made in nurturing an Indigenous-created body of cinema while supporting the growth of Native American and Indigenous participation in the film industry.

In the spirit of supporting Indigenous filmmakers, we’re highlighting the Program’s alumni that were recently invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
By: Sundance Institute

Adam Beach (Saulteaux of Dog Creek First Nation) 

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D'alene) 

Cliff Curtis (Te Arawa, Ngāti Hauiti) 

Heather Rae (Cherokee) 

Taika Waititi (Te Whanau A Apanui) 

Responses to "Oscars: 5 Natives Invited To Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences"

  1. LONG overdue...but I'm glad to see it...

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