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, Chris graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in media arts. He also attended New York University's graduate film program. Chris gained national attention in 1998 with his first film, Smoke Signals, which won the Audience Award and Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance Film Festival and became the first nationally distributed feature film that was directed, written, co-produced, and featured American Indian actors. People Magazine called him "the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time."
Chris later directed Skins, Skinwalkers, Edge of America, Thief of Time, A Thousand Roads, Taming the Wild West: The Legend of Jedediah Smith, and Hideaway along with commercials and television episodes of Law and Order and Friday Night Lights. Chris is currently head of Native Networkers, which consulted for the Scott Cooper film Hostiles.
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