Charine Pilar Gonzales is a Tewa filmmaker from San Ildefonso Pueblo and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her esteemed short doc Our Quiyo: Maria Martinez (2022) premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was acquired by AT&T, and will be exhibited at the Heard Museum and Millicent Rogers Museum in 2024. Charine’s debut narrative fiction short film, River Bank (Pō-Kehgeh), centers on a Tewa woman who is mesmerized by a world of money and must listen to the spirit of the River in order to free herself. River Bank (Pō-Kehgeh) is currently in the film festival circuit. Charine aims to intertwine memories, dreams and truths through story.
Charine is a Producer for the Native Lens project, a crowdsourced collaboration by KSUT Tribal Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS. She owns the multimedia production company Povi Studios. Charine attends the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) MFA Creative Writing program with a focus in Screenwriting.
Charine is an alumni of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program Full Circle Fellowship, Native Lab AiR, and a current Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellow. She’s also an alumni of First Peoples Fund ABL Fellowship, LA Skins Fest TV Writers Lab, and Jackson Wild Summit Media Lab and MCA Fellowship. She is represented by Rain Management Group, based in LA. Her favorite foods are Pueblo oven bread, red chile stew, and chicos. She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her family and chunky orange tabby cat, Cheddar.