The camera belongs to everyone. I believe in the importance of sharing the language of film with the next generation.
My style of teaching is focused on helping filmmakers find their voice. Get a camera in your hands, learn by doing, by sharing, by thinking, by screening.
Kinlani Film Project
The 2022-2023 KFP IS back in person this year!
Stay tuned for more screening announcements and updates!
The 2023 narrative FIlm: CHEII
The 2022 narrative FIlm: Tsiiyééł
on the festival circuit
About the program
I started Kinlani Film Project in 2017/2018 as an after-school program at Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory, affectionally called Kinlani Dorm. Kinlani is the Navajo word for “many houses” and is also the name for Flagstaff in the Diné language. The Film Project meets weekly and combines culture, creativity, and a hands-on STEM approach to learning. High school film interns watch and analyze films from international and indigenous filmmakers, are mentored by professional filmmakers and artists, write their own scripts, learn technical skills about exposure, frame rates, composition, aspect ratios, audio recording standards, and most important, make movies!
About Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory
It is the mission of the Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory to prepare and empower all students for the choices and challenges they will face in the future by providing a positive, healthy, social and educational environment which is based on Native American knowledge and language. The all-Native American staffed dormitory houses students from tribes such as Navajo, Hopi, Tohono Odham, and Havasupai among others, offering a place for students to stay so they can attend Flagstaff High School. Read more about Flagstaff Bordertown Dormitory here.
Are you a filmmaker looking to Share your craft?
Then check out my No Film School article on teaching film here and download my free materials from Kinlani Film Project below.