Gateway Entertainment is a new non-profit initiative dedicated to creating opportunities for underserved communities in filmed entertainment with a particular focus on developing behind-the-camera careers in the industry.
To launch Gateway Entertainment we organized the first-ever Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge held during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Main St. right in the middle of all the action. The lounge was developed as a place for Indigenous filmmakers to listen to panels, network, relax and get warm. Known officially as the Inaugural Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge, partners included IllumiNatives, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Paramount, Viacom/CBS, and a multitude of additional partners and supporters. The event was a recognized “Proud to be Legit” Sundance program where Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford, and Bird Runningwater, Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director, made opening remarks and welcomed the participants, panelists and sponsors. Notable participants included Effie Brown (producer and CEO of Gamechanger), Wilmer Valderrama (actor), Tilane Jones (producer and President of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY), and many others .