Charles Kennedye

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Charles Kennedye Bio

Charles “Boots” Kennedye is an Oklahoma City based filmmaker and member of the Kiowa Tribe. He spent 10 years serving as documentary producer for the (OETA) Oklahoma Educational Television Authority before joining the Vision Maker Media team in 2014.

He has won many awards for his work, including eight Heartland Emmy Awards, five National Educational Television Association Awards including (2008) “Best-of-the-Best,” six Telly Awards and an American Indian Journalists Association Best TV Feature Award. Kennedye has been awarded the (2008) CPB/PBS Producers Workshop scholarship and the CPB INPUT Producer Fellowship. His contributions are seen across many of OETA’s major projects including, a 100-part Oklahoma story collective, Centennial Stories (2007), Oklahoma WWII Stories (2008), The People, Oklahoma Tribes (2009), and The State of Sequoyah (2011). Later he partnered with Rocky Mountain PBS to film and produce Urban Rez (2012) and again with Red Power Energy (2015).

Kennedyes' commitment to Indigenous Storytelling led him to Vision Maker Media, where he served as Producer for the National series Growing Native (2014-2018); a four-part documentary that showcases contemporary Native American stories while celebrating traditional pathways.

Other works include: Words from A Bear (2017) (Director Photography), a VMM co-production with American Masters, Redemption Story (2017) (Producer), chosen for the PBS Online Film Festival and We Walked: Ponca Long Walk (2018) (Photographer), a co-production with (NET) Nebraska Educational Television, Too Tough (2019) (Producer) a co-production with (ITVS) Independent Television Services and OETA, Trespass on Fort Berthold (2019) (Director/Reporter) a co-production with Buffalo’s Fire, Natsu Puuku Ranch (2019) (Producer), The Land Remembers: Pawnee Reconciliation (2020) (Director & Editor) a co-production with Kevin Aberask, Margret Jacobs and Nebraska Education Television, Osage Murders: The Reign of Terror (2021) (Producer) a co-production with Bigbee Productions and OETA.

Kennedye has also worked with many non-profits across the United States including: Nebraska Indian Center Inc., Trees Water and People, Society of Care, National Minority Consortia, American Indian Catholic Schools Network, 3E Productions, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, First Nations Museum, Native Youth Suicide Prevention Program, National Art Strategies, Racing Magpie, Kili Radio Pine Ridge, Change Network, Bush Foundation, Association of American Indian Physicians, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation, Facing Race.

I have been in the industry since 2004.

Tresspass on Fort Berthold
Added on 4/21/2021
The Three Affiliated Tribes created a for-profit water corporation to sell millions of gallons of water to the hydraulic fracking industry. The tribe partnered with Bartlett and West, a Kansas-based engineering business which takes pride in its pioneering past in developing rural water systems. Tribal allotted land owners — Gabriel, Charles and Howard Fettig — on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota recently filed a federal lawsuit against TAT Chairman Mark Fox, Bartlett and West and four others for trespassing and running water lines across their land. The Fettigs say the tribe and Bartlett and West — which manages all the water sales — never paid them a cent.


Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Valley of Thundering Water

January, 2021 — March, 2021
Online – Buffalos Fire

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Linking Fences

July, 2020 — January, 2021
Short Film – Cat Scratch Studios

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Pawnee

June, 2020 — February, 2021
Commercial – Nebraska Educational Television

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Natsu Pukku Ranch

February, 2020 — April, 2021
Online – Buffalos Fire

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Racing Magpie

December, 2019 — December, 2019
Commercial – Jodi Spotted Bear

Producer, Reporter, Photojournalist, Editor – Trespass on Fort Berthold

November, 2019 — December, 2019
Online – Buffalo's Fire

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Lauren Good Day Fashion

November, 2019 — November, 2019
Commercial – Jodi Spotted Bear

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – First Americans Museum

October, 2019 — October, 2019
Corporate – Native American Cultural Center & Museum

Drone Pilot – Fire On the Washita

August, 2019 — August, 2019
Corporate – OETA

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations

July, 2019 — August, 2019
Corporate – Facing Race Awards

Produce, Photojournalist, Editor – Change Network

October, 2017 — March, 2021
Corporate – Bush Foundation

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Kili Radio Station Fundraiser

May, 2017 — May, 2017
Corporate – Lakota Solar

Program Producer, Editor – Growing Native, Coast Salish

November, 2016 — November, 2017
Television – Vision Maker Media

Program Producer, Photojournalist, Writer, Editor – Growing Native, Red People

October, 2016 — October, 2017
Television – Vision Maker Media

Program Producer, Writer, Photojournalist – Growing Native, Great Lakes

July, 2016 — July, 2017
Television – Vision Maker Media

Director of Photography – Words From a Bear

July, 2016 — October, 2016
Feature – American Masters PBS

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Tree, Water and People

May, 2016 — June, 2016
Corporate – Tree, Water and People

Producer, Editor – National Minority Consortia Sizzle Reel

April, 2016 — March, 2016
Corporate – National Minority Consortia

Program Producer, Editor – Growing Native, Peoples of the North

February, 2016 — February, 2017
Television – Vision Maker Media

American Indian Catholic Mission Schools Network – Producer, Photojournalist, Editor

August, 2015 — September, 2015
Corporate – Creighton University

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead Conference

May, 2015 — June, 2015
Corporate – Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

Director of Photography – Red Power Energy

September, 2014 — September, 2015
Feature – Rocky Mountain PBS

Director of Photography – Urban Rez

May, 2012 — May, 2013
Feature – Rocky Mountain PBS

Producer, Photojournalist, Editor – Association of American Indian Physicians

October, 2011 — November, 2011
Corporate – Association of American Indian Physicians

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