Faith Strongheart

Brave People

Faith Strongheart is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Faith is one of six children raised by their single “ex-hippie” mother.  Her early childhood was spent roaming the rivers and hills outside their one-room, dirt-floor cottage in Truchas, New Mexico. As an infant Faith was nearly fatally burned in a campfire outside their home.  She learned what survival meant early on and this has served her throughout her life. Her motto to live by is “never give up” and she uses her exceptional childhood experiences as fuel for her original storytelling. Faith received her MFA in directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television in 2018 and has written, produced and directed several short films which have screened at festivals around the world.  In addition, she has written several feature-length screenplays and a dramatic television series pilot and series bible.  Faith continues to work as a production manager/coordinator on feature films, allowing her invaluable access to the imaginative integrity of some of the most visionary filmmakers today.  Faith was a finalist for the Sloan Foundation Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of the Motion Picture Association of America award, a recipient of the Women in Film Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship, the Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship, the Bill Lee Memorial award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for Directing, the Carroll Sax Award in Motion Picture and Television Production and the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship. She received the Mary Pickford Award for Documentary Filmmaking for a feature documentary that she is making about her extraordinary upbringing.  She is in the development stages of her first feature production, a story about a single mother on the desperate edge of survival and is about to direct a Covid-19 horror short. She was a fellow in the 2020 Respectability Entertainment Lab and is doing her best to raise two small humans in this crazy world.