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Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre, the nation's most celebrated American Indian film director, was born in Oregon. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he gained national attention in 1998 with the movie Smoke Signals. People Magazine called him "the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time." He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in media arts. Eyre attended New York University's graduate film program. His first film Smoke Signals won the Audience Award and Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance and became the first nationally distributed feature film that was directed, written, co-produced, and featured American Indian actors. He later directed Skins, Skinwalkers, Edge of America, Thief of Time, A Thousand Roads, Taming the Wild West: The Legend of Jedediah Smith, Hideaway along with commercials and television episodes of Law and Order and Friday Night Lights. Chris Eyre is currently head of Native Networkers, which just completed consultation on the Scott Cooper film Hostiles


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