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Loren Waters

Year 4 Fellow
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Tulsa, OK

Filmmaker Loren Waters is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe. Focusing her art on the intersection of film and Indigenous storytelling, Loren has a passion for sharing stories that center environmental knowledge and impact. In prior years, Loren worked for the Cherokee Nation Film Office, and documentary-style television show, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. Recently, she has been the recipient of the 2020 Next Gen Under 30, while also taking part in fellowships such as 2021 Warner Media Bootcamp, and 4th cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.

Most recently, Loren was a Line Producer on the 2022 Sundance Film Festival selected short ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught), a film that is part of the Reciprocity Project by Nia Tero at Upstander Project.

Recent projects to her experience include Season 1 of Reservation Dogs and the Martin Scorsese directed feature film, Killers of the Flower Moon. Currently, Loren is the Background Casting Director for Season 2 of Reservation Dogs. She is also in development of a short film titled, ᏗᏂᏠᎯ ᎤᏪᏯ (Meet Me at the Creek), the fourth installment of a short documentary film series that focuses on tribal environmental professionals. The first two films, celebrating tribal environmental professionals, Polly Edwards and Yvette Wiley, premiered in 2019. The third film, Restoring Néške’emāne, screened at festivals such as deadCenter Film Festival, LA Skins, Durango Independent, and recently won Best Short Documentary at North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival.