Teena is a filmmaker and conscious digital content activist currently living on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. In 2016, she traveled there to help create content to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. While there she produced content for Digital Smoke Signals, Unify, Women’s Indigenous Media and many others shining light on the human rights violations and injustice that occurred on the ground daily. She Co-Produced, Edited and Shot content for Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock, a documentary currently on Netflix about the NODAPL movement. Since the closing of camp in March 2017, she has worked with LaDonna Brave Bull Allard creating content for Sacred Stone Camp and traveling across Turtle Island (USA) and around the world creating content on important Indigenous issues that constantly elude the mainstream media. She now teaches the Youth at Standing Rock, guiding them on how to tell their own stories and shoot, edit, produce content that will help shift the narrative of Indian country.
She has produced/edited pieces for The Rubin Museum of Art, American Apparel, Little Brown Books, Disney Books, Alesso, Krewella, Jason Mraz, Bob Mamet, and Bethenny Frankel. In 2015, she produced/developed over 20 test pilot episodes in one month for Lifetime Television's first online platform, FallIntoMe. She also produced & edited her first 2 feature films. Her short film created for the 48HR FILM FEST, Raze the Dead, a musical period piece, was nominated for 2016's Best of Los Angeles in which she produced, directed, edited and shot. She is the Founder of, Light Machine, a production studio that develops content from initial concept to post production.
She has a BA in theatre with an emphasis in directing, and when in LA assistant instructs Active Analysis at The Stanislavsky Institute for the 21st Century Actor with Dr. Sharon Carnicke, the associate dean of theatre of USC. She coaches actors for on camera work, giving guidance from an editor’s perspective as well as teaching how to develop and produce their own digital content.