Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

Writer, director, producer and actor Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy) and Sámi. She began her film career with the 2011 short Bloodland and has gone on to work as director and actor across a range of genres, from music video to narrative fiction. Her director credits include A Red Girl’s Reasoning, Bihttoš and c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city. The 2018 recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Merata Mita Fellowship, she describes her filmmaking as “a form of nonviolent direct action against issues like violence against women and degradation of Indigenous land.”