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Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre makes his feature film directorial debut with SMOKE SIGNALS. A 28-year-old Cheyenne/Arapaho filmmaker from Klamath Falls, Oregon, Eyre has shot six short films and has written and directed seven short films. They include Someone Kept Saying Powwow, based on the second act of SMOKE SIGNALS, and Tenacity, which screened at over 20 film festivals and brought him worldwide attention as a filmmaker with unique vision and skill.

Eyre completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking at New York University. As a graduate student he was a teaching assistant and the recipient of the Haig Manoogian, Warner Brothers, and Martin Scorsese Post Production Awards, and the first place Mobil Award at New York University's First Run Film Festival. In 1995 he also won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film Fellowship.

In the summer of 1995 Eyre was invited to participate as a Sundance Institute Film Fellow in the Screenwriters, Producers and Filmmakers Labs. The following year he was named the U.S. Award Winner of the Cinema 100/Sundance International Award honoring five filmmakers from each continent who best represent the next generation of visionaries.

Currently, Chris is working on a project for Showtime with Beau and Jeff Bridges. He is also working on a project with Oliver Stone and is writing a screenplay called Riverhead.

Chris Eyre is an active board member of the Native American Producers Alliance, a national non-profit organization of enrolled tribal members working in film and video as producers, writers and directors.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Chris Eyre Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer
BirthplacePortland, Oregon, USA

Selected Filmography

Smoke Signals
Hide Away
We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes
Keeping Up Appearances
Gut Check
A Thousand Roads
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