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.