Director Biography – Faith Strongheart
I am a writer/director with a unique and visionary style. I received my MFA in directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and am still in post production on my thesis film, an extraction from a feature I wrote based on my exceptional hippie childhood in a remote mountainous village of Northern New Mexico. My last film, Je Suis (i am), a powerful story about a woman scrambling to balance work and family, just completed the festival circuit. I have written, produced and directed several short films and have written three feature-length screenplays and a dramatic television series pilot.
Prior to graduate school, I worked as a film professional on many major features, which allowed me invaluable access to the imaginative integrity of some of the most visionary filmmakers today. I am a two-time recipient of the Motion Picture Association of America award and was a finalist for a science-based script for the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. I was also the 2016 Women in Film Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship recipient and received the Bill Lee Memorial award the same year. Also in 2016, I was granted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for Directing as well as the Carroll Sax Award in Motion Picture and Television Production.
In 2018, I was awarded the Mary Pickford award for Documentary Filmmaking for a feature-length documentary I am making about my family.
I am a single mother of two small children just doing my best to raise kind humans in this crazy world.