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Kin Theory is hosting a series of Indigenous media creative events throughout 2021 to highlight the importance of databases and communities dedicated to the global majority, as well as people with disabilities, people who are trans, femme, nonbinary, people who are undocumented, people who are LGBTQIA+, and more. Watch this space and Nia Tero’s social media for new events at international film festivals, academic conferences, community events, and more with our mission-aligned partners

Courtesy Kiliii Yuyan (Nanai/Hezhe)


imagineNATIVE Industry Days: Building Community and Abundance Across Indigenous Creative Networks

 Thursday, October 22nd, 2021, 3 – 4:30pm ET 

Alongside skyrocketing demand for Indigenous made media must be strong support networks, increased visibility, and safe industry connections. It’s essential that Indigenous artists have access to networks and resources that support their artistic journeys. In this virtual panel, hear from those who have created (and are creating) Indigenous media online communities and how they are uplifting Indigenous storytellers, why collaboration and care are prioritized, and where their networks (and others) are intersecting to create a wider web of support for Indigenous creatives. Contributing to this conversation are: Amalia Cordova (Latinx), Supervisory Curator, World Cultures, at Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Jennifer Loren (Cherokee), Director of the Cherokee Film Office; Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi), Founder and CEO of Shine Network; and Tracy Rector, Nia Tero Managing Director of Storytelling and Executive Producer of Kin Theory. Tracy Rector will also moderate this discussion. 

Tickets will be available on the imagineNATIVE website:


Kin Theory: Why Indigenous Representation Matters

November 9, 2021, 6 – 7:30pm ET

Join this robust, virtual screening and conversation about the importance of narrative sovereignty, where Indigenous creators (re)take control of their stories in a rapidly shifting industry landscape. Indigenous media makers are making important interventions at all levels of production in order to bring authenticity and respect to screens big and small. Watch stories and get advice from Brit Hensel (Reservation Dogs, Osiyo TV, Reciprocity Project) and Princess Daazhraii Johnson (Molly of Denali, Reciprocity Project), and more. Those who register for this event in advance will receive access to a private screening link to work by the panelists. Filmmaker and Nia Tero Managing Director of Storytelling Tracy Rector will moderate. This event is a collaboration between Florida State University’s Department of Art History in the College of the Fine Arts and Nia Tero’s Kin Theory Indigenous media makers database.

Tickets for this event are free; registration is required. Click here 


Past Events

KIN THEORY: New Work in Indigenous Media (Virtual Screening)

Friday, September 24th, 4 – 6pm ET 

Join us for a virtual screening and discussion of work by three 4th World Indigenous Media Lab fellows: Ivy MacDonald (she/her; Blackfeet), Alex Sallee (she/her; Iñupiaq and Mexican), and Raven Two Feathers (he/they, Two-Spirit; Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, and Comanche.) This conversation will be moderated by Tracy Rector(Black, Choctaw, Jewish), Managing Director of Storytelling, Nia Tero.  

Tickets: This event is free to the public and will occur virtually over Zoom; registration is required.

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Academic Conference Presentation: Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia (RIVA) (Virtual Event) 
Thursday, September 22nd
Kin Theory strategist Michelle Hurtubise will be presenting her paper, Indigenizing Towards Co-Liberation Joy Through Diverse Media-Making Practices, at the Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia (RIVA) Conference. RIVA supports the scholarship of Indigenous scholars and speakers, whose cultures help shape American linguistics, archeology and cultural anthropology. A central conference theme of Raising Indigenous Voices in Academia is to highlight Indigenous knowledge and scholarship with a goal to raise awareness of the lack of Indigenous scholars in academia. The conference takes place September 2 – 6; Hurtubise’s presentation will occur at 6:15pmET on Thursday, September 22nd, followed by Q&A.
Tickets: All sessions are open to scholars and the public alike and will be delivered virtually over Zoom; conference registration is required.



Academic Conference Presentation: The Business of Film (Virtual Event)

July 30, 2021, 11 – 12:30 pm EST

 Kin Theory strategist Michelle Hurtubise will be presenting her paper, Indigenous media industry futures, Kin Theory database discussions at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, at the 75th annual University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference. UFVA is an international organization where media production and writing meet history, theory and criticism. 



    Media Industries as Sites of Struggle

    Friday, June 25, 2021

    Academic Conference Presentation: Union for Democratic Communications Conference Panel  

     Kin Theory strategist MIchelle Hurtubise will be presenting her paper, Indigenizing with Kin Theory, Making New Tables in Media Industries, at the 40th annual Union for Democratic Communications (UDC) Conference. Since 1981, UDC has been a place for scholars in the political economy of communications to level theoretically sharp inquiry into the relationship between media, quality of life, democracy, and equality. This year’s focus is on the politics of “masking” and “unmasking” in relation to our broader political, economic, and media.

    • Tickets: This is a free, virtual event. Those interested in attending can reach out to the Kin Theory team to request access: 



    Landfall Documentary Discussion Series

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Decolonial Case Study: Puerto Rico, Palestine and Hawai’i



    On Thursday, April 22, Nia Tero’s Kin Theory will join the team behind the documentary Landfall and more for a panel discussion: “Decolonial Case Study: Puerto Rico, Palestine & Hawai’i.” Kin Theory strategist Michelle Hurtubise will join Lorraine Liriano (A Call to Action on Puerto Rico), Sumaya Awad (The Adalah Justice Project), Dr. Craig Santos Perez (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), and Dr. Sara Awartani (Harvard University.) This is part of a 7-event series. Register for this (or every) event to receive a FREE sneak preview link to view the film.




    Screening Scholarship Media Festival

    April 18th, 10 am EDT

     Reworking Archives 

    This panel features media and art research projects that propose interventions to destabilize the settler colonial archive. Participants on this panel will talk about issues that address the consolidation of indigenous-centered databases for filmmakers in Canada, the amplification of untold stories from African American elders who fostered the Great Migration, and the critical intervention of personal narratives of Yellow Spring’s villagers in Ohio.

    Seattle International Film Festival

    April 10th, 12pm PST

     Indigenizing Film Industry Spaces

    Tracy Rector moderates a frank and iterative discussion with two of the Sundance Indigenous Program leaders around the work of the Sundance Institute and how to expand kin relationships to the film industry. Indigenous creatives are on the rise, and SIFF and Sundance have been industry leaders in carving out space for them for almost two decades. Now the rest of the industry just needs to catch up, with BIPOC creatives and communities at the table. In this conversation, Managing Director of Nia Tero and multicultural industry leader Tracy Rector (she/her) will moderate a frank and iterative discussion with two of the Sundance Indigenous Program leaders: Japanese/Portuguese/Samoan creative Ianeta Le’i (she/her) and Kiowa/Mohawk filmmaker Adam Piron (he/him). Topics will include the work of the Sundance Institute and how to expand kin relationships to the film industry. What will the future of solidarity connections look like for safe, radically supportive, and innovative Indigenous filmmaking? As with all Kin Theory events, this one will be unapologetically rooted in community, solidarity, and reciprocity. Join us as we indigenize the film industry. 

    Zoom details will be emailed to ticket registrants shortly before the scheduled event.

    Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference

    March 20th, 9am EST

    Space, Place, and Race Panel N21

    Chair: Michelle Hurtubise, Temple University

    • Jasper Lauderdale, New York University, “Time-traveling while black: Chronotopic narratives of radical alterity”
    • Julia Peres Guimaraes, Northwestern University, “Queer Temporality, Race as Technology and the Dystopian Archive in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer”
    • Michelle Hurtubise, Temple University, “SGaawaay K‘uuna: Edge of the Knife, Capacity Building and Indigenous Language Revitalization through Film”
    • Meghan Tibbits-Lamirande, Carleton University, “Working for No Money: Aid Slavery and Debt-Peonage in Renzo Martens’s Enjoy Poverty: Episode III”

    Our strategist Michelle Hurtubise will be discussing our team and ongoing database development while reporting on the Big Sky DocShop: Kin Theory panel at several online academic conferences. Bring your questions, join in the conversation, and reach out to us at with access questions!

    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

    February 22nd, 2021

    Kin Theory: Creating Community with Indigenous and BIPOC Filmmakers Across the Industry

    The uniqueness of 2020, which included a global pandemic, distinct but overlapping human rights movements, and heart-filling cross-community mutual aid efforts, has deepened conversations about systemic inequities, including in the film industry. The need for capacity building, education and mentorship, resourcing, and distribution of work by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, undocumented, female, trans and nonbinary people, people with disabilities, and otherwise underrepresented artists has never been more prevalent. A session of deep and honest conversation about who’s doing the work to support Indigenous and Black filmmakers, as well as other creators of color, what’s still needed, and how we can work together to get there.

    Panelists include partners from Working Films, Firelight Media, COUSIN Collective, imagineNATIVE, and the University of Arkansas. The Panel will be moderated by Nia Tero’s Managing Director of Storytelling, Tracy Rector.

    Click here for more information on tickets.