Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)
In 2008 documentary filmmaker Billy Luther became the first Native American filmmaker to receive a grant from Creative Capital, one of the US's most innovative funders for contemporary artists. He was also awarded a 2008 Media Arts Fellowship by the Tribeca Film Institute and Renew Media. Both grants provided timely support for his creative work as he developed his latest documentary, Grab. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, follows three families in the year leading up to Grab Day, a thanksgiving celebration at Laguna Pueblo. Associated with the film is a photo show exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
Luther premiered his first documentary, Miss Navajo, at the Sundance Film Festival. The film has since screened at numerous national and international festivals and was selected for broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. In 2006 Luther was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow in Sundance's Native and Indigenous Initiatives Program, and he participated in the WGBH Producers Workshop. In 2005, on the basis of his script for the film, he was selected to participate in Tribeca All Access and was awarded an All Roads Film Project Seed Grant. He was also the recipient of a Roy W. Dean Video grant.
Luther studied film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and has worked professionally on several festivals and program projects, including work at the NMAI's Film and Video Center in New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.