2007 producer Chad Burris (Chickasaw)
received the Sundance Institute's Mark Silverman Fellowship for
New Producers to work on a new feature film with director Larry
Blackhorse Lowe, and in 2003 he participated in Sundance's Producers
Lab. Burris has worked closely with director Sterlin Harjo on
the director's short and feature films, including the Barking
Water, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
and was selected for New Directors/New Films, a joint festival
of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Burris is the president of the Oklahoma Territory Film
Council and serves as the director of Yuwita, a non-profit organization
supporting Native American media initiatives. He is the co-owner
of Indion Entertainment Group, which produces Oklahoma film projects,
utilizing tax incentives to encourage local financial investment.
Burris lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he graduated from the University
of Tulsa Law School, concentrating in Indian Law.
Screened by NMAI
Image credits: Chad
Burris - courtesy of the filmmaker; Chad Burris - photograph by
James Kinestino (Saulteaux)