Charine Pilar Gonzales is a Tewa filmmaker from San Ildefonso Pueblo and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Charine’s Tewa name is “Ku’yan Povi” which means Turquoise Flower. Her esteemed short doc Our Quiyo: Maria Martinez (2022) premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was acquired by AT&T and Comcast Xfinity. Charine’s debut narrative fiction short film, River Bank (Pō-Kehgeh), is currently in the film festival circuit and recently received the Achievement in Short Filmmaking Award at the 2023 LA Skins Fest.
Charine is a Producer for the Native Lens project, a crowdsourced collaboration by KSUT Tribal Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS. She owns the multimedia production company, Povi Studios. Charine attends the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) MFA Creative Writing program with a focus in Screenwriting. She also earned a BFA in Cinematic Arts and Technology from IAIA and a BA in English - Communication from Fort Lewis College (FLC).
Charine is an alumni of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program Full Circle Fellowship, Native Lab AiR, and Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellowship. She’s also an alumni of the LA Skins Fest TV Writers Lab and Native American Animation Lab. She received the First Peoples Fund ABL Fellowship and participated in the Jackson Wild Summit Media Lab and MCA Fellowship. Charine is represented by Rain Management Group, based in LA. Her favorite foods are Pueblo oven bread, red chile stew, and chicos. She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
with her family and chunky orange tabby cat, Cheddar.