Sally Kewayosh

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Sally Kewayosh returns to Western after graduating with a degree in Film Studies in 2004. Originally from the Walpole Island First Nation, located southwest of London and close to the US-Canada border, Kewayosh went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from The Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. As a First Nations filmmaker with over 15 years of experience as a visual storyteller, she reflects Indigenous stories through her perspective as a member of a marginalized community. She has worked on films as both a producer and a director and brings knowledge of how students can support marginalized communities in authentic, appropriate ways.

“What has been key in my career is collaboration with a wide variety of people. I hope to not only teach filmmaking to the students of Western, but also how to be an ally to communities whose stories have often been appropriated,”

Kewayosh will teach filmmaking techniques like story development, screenwriting and hands-on film production, while also providing an important link to the professional filmmaking industry and the festival circuit. She hopes to begin work on her first feature film in the near future. Kewayosh is looking forward to making connections and collaborating with new colleagues at FIMS and across Western, and to reacquainting herself with familiar surroundings.