(Santa Fe, NM) Cinematic Arts and Technology Department Chair
James Lujan (Taos Pueblo) has announced that Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
has been engaged as the Outreach Consultant for the Institute of
American Indian Arts (IAIA). As part of his duties Eyre will work
with Lujan to focus on strengthening the support of the IAIA Cinematic
Arts Department in the film community, developing internships, recruiting
students, and seeking other resources that will enhance the programs
Eyre has already mentored two IAIA students who participated
in the 2017 Sundance Institutes Ignite Program, which provides
an opportunity for college-age, aspiring filmmakers to experience
the legendary Sundance Film Festival.
Eyre is an award-winning director and producer of film, television,
and other media, directing or producing over 15 feature films. He
has also worked in directing episodic television, documentaries,
and commercial advertising.
Eyres expertise in producing and directing media content
centers around his love of storytelling and humanity. His first
film was the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films Smoke Signals
(1998). Smoke Signals was noted as the first feature film written,
directed and produced by Native Americans to receive a national
theatrical release. Smoke Signals earned Eyre many prestigious awards
including the Sundance Film Festivals Audience Award
and the Sundance Film Festivals Filmmakers Trophy.
Eyres second film, Skins (2002) earned its star Graham
Green many awards, and People Magazine called Eyre the pre-eminent
Native American filmmaker of his time. Roger Eberts
review stated, Skins has one of the most haunting endings
he has seen. Two-Thumbs Up!
In 2012, Eyre became the Chair of The Film School at Santa Fe
University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, N.M. After re-designing
and growing student enrollment at the university, he resigned in
2016 to pursue filmmaking on a full-time basis once again.
Alongside Terrance Malick and Natalie Portman, Eyre served as
executive producer for the documentary feature film, The Seventh
Fire (2016). The Seventh Fire premiered at the Berlin Film Festival
and he was invited to screen the film at The White House (March
2016). The Seventh Fire opened in New York City, Los Angeles, and
other cities around the country in July 2016.
Eyre serves on advisory boards for the Governors Council
on Film and Television for the state of New Mexico, the Greater
Santa Fe Film Commission and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
He has served on numerous film festival juries including the Sundance
Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and VisonMaker Media Film
Eyre holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from the
University of Arizona.