Jen Begeal


Red House

For the last 2 years I have been working with a team of indigenous writers and producers on developing a project that focuses on the shockingly underreported crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in the United States and the relationship this has to extractive industries.

The center of Red House’s multi-platform experience is a crime-drama TV series featuring an Indigenous female teen protagonist. A podcast reveals the diegetic world of the TV series and expands the national story of MMIW only touched upon in it. A documentary explores additional aspects of the story. An interactive website hosts real stories of families and friends who have experienced the loss of loved ones.

In March, I am bringing a panel to SXSW 2020 entitled “Decolonize Hollywood: Why Representation Matters.” The panel includes indigenous actors, producers, and writers. As moderator, I plan on exploring topics such as misrepresentation of Indigenous people in film and television, the hyper-sexualization of Indigenous women in media and its ties to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and why representation both in front of and behind the camera are important in terms of not only telling Indigenous stories but all stories as a way to confront our past and embrace a future free from the ideals of settler colonialism.