Camel Rock Studios Is First Film Studio Owned by Native Americans

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Mar 17, 2020

Hollywood has been entertaining the public for ages, but it was just this week that the first film studio owned by Native Americans opened for business, Slanted reported on March 16. 

Constructed in a former casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s ancient and scenic Tesuque Pueblo, Camel Rock Studios’ 75,000 square-foot facility will produce film, television and mobile projects on its six interior standing sets. The studio is also home to Santa Fe’s largest studio mill and 17,000 acres of open space, per its website. According to Variety, the site served as the backdrop for more than 20 films over the past 65 years, including “The Man From Laramie” (1955) and “Cowboy” (1958).

“In the past, Native Americans have been misrepresented and marginalized both in front of and behind the camera,” award-winning film director Chris Eyre, who is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and an advisor for the studio, told Slanted. “In 2020, the Tesuque tribe of New Mexico is changing this narrative, and I am honored to be part of this groundbreaking new endeavor.”

The studio has already produced Universal Pictures‘ feature film “News of the World,” which stars Tom Hanks and is scheduled to debut in theaters this Christmas season.