Razelle Benally


Oglala Lakota/Diné film director and writer Razelle Benally was born in a small town in Eastern Oregon but grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. Benally holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and will continue her 3rd year of MFA candidacy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in Fall 2020. She was a 2015 Sundance Institute NativeLab Short Film Production Fellow with her first narrative I AM THY WEAPON. In 2018 Benally directed a PSA promoting the Indigenous Vote featuring Mark Ruffalo, Tonia Jo Hall, and Shailene Woodley. Her latest short narrative ÓKIYA was funded by Academy Award Winner Spike Lee and is currently in post-production for a September 2020 premiere. She is currently in development of her first feature narrative film titled: WINTER IN BLACK MESA, which received support from Sundance Institute’s 2018 Creative Producing Summit and is now being supported through the 2020 Sundance Institute Feature Film Program as part of the Screenwriters Intensive track.