Director of Indigenous Program

Antonio ZuniThis is the first year of involvement in the Santa Fe Film Festival for actor, musician and comedian Antonio Zuni. As a motivational speaker he is also founder of Dreams Alive which reaches out to youth and inmates around the country.

Antonio is a member of Isleta Pueblo who began in the entertainment business as a young boy dancing in his family’s Native Tiwa dance troupe touring the Southwest. His acting began in theatre while in elementary school. He studied at the Santa Fe Indian School’s Actors Studio. From there moving into television and motion pictures, he later became co-chair of the Minorities Committee for the Screen Actors Guild NM branch.

He left his entertainment career to study biochemistry at New Mexico State University and then medicine at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Throughout his studies he continued his musical career and was a guest lecturer in music, communications, film and media and native studies programs at various schools and universities around the country. He left his academic studies after receiving news about his ailing grandmother and returned to Isleta.

He is actively involved in supporting the NM movie industry and started his work again volunteering with Native youth programs on and off the reservations stirring up excitement among them about the possibilities of a career in film and television. His latest role in the comedy movie “Search Party” was released this summer in May.

Upcoming Events

Feb
6
Tue
2018
5:30 pm Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join New Mexico Film Industry Tune Up Tuesday kick off event at Hotel Santa Fe in the Kiva ballroom. A special Guest to be announced!
Feb
9
Fri
2018
12:00 pm Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe | Nuevo Laredo | Tamaulipas | Mexico
Anyone can be taught to deliver a believable performance on camera, but not everyone can move an audience. In this intensive lecture and workshop award-winning film director Graham Cantwell will outline a system of working for the screen...
4:00 pm Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Women of a Certain Age in Film and TV Panel @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE PANEL What are the growing opportunities for women over 50 in the Film and Television market? As more films are being written and directed by women, are the roles for older women becoming...
Feb
10
Sat
2018
11:30 am Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Panel: Empowering Women in the New Mexico Film Industry @ Center for Contemporary Arts | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Featuring Mentors, Mentees, and Judges from the New Mexico Girls Make Movies (NMGMM) program, this panel will focus on women starting out in the film industry or looking to move to next level. From networking and competitions to...
1:30 pm Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join Melanie Mayron will join SFFF Programmer Aaron Leventman for a discussion of her career followed by a conversation with the audience. Melanie Mayron  best known for her Emmy-winning role on TV’s Thirtysomething will be honored at the Santa Fe...