Activist + Midwife, Big Sister
Nicolle Gonzales is a celebrated Native midwife and global women’s rights activist. Nicolle is the founder, leader, and prime mover of an effort to build the first-in-the-nation Indigenous Women's birthing center. She is also a mother of three, participates in two Native cultures, and recently found time to finish the NYC marathon!
Nicolle’s goal in life is to go beyond the lens of western medicine to include the traditional and sacred ways of birthing known to indigenous people in order to preserve her culture.
She can’t wait to meet her global sisters to learn how they are preserving traditional medicine and ceremony, and she’s also excited to drag her beauty queen sister around the world to teach her to appreciate a thing or two – hopefully that includes helping with a live birth!
Beauty Queen, Little Sister
As Miss Indian World, Kansas has traveled the world working as an advocate for cultural preservation.
Kansas is a celebrated inspirational speaker to indigenous communities and has recorded and produced many albums as an international NAMMY-winning recording artist. She can hardly walk on the Rez without being stopped for an autograph.
Kansas is looking forward to connecting with other women around the world through art and music, learning their beauty secrets. She is also looking forward to taking as many selfies as possible. Mainly to bug Nicolle.
Kat Croft, Creator
Kat is a director, writer and producer who is determined to make us belly laugh. She is a Sundance Initiative + Women in Film Lab Fellow (2017) and is most recently the winner of the Lionsgate + Women Rising Female Storyteller Competition (2018) for her short buddy comedy “Mila & Mimi Too” which was also an official selection of HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival (2018). Kat is also an accomplished photojournalist and has worked in some of the most remote areas of the world with indigenous communities. Kat got her start in film and television by sneaking into the art department of Dawson’s Creek (WB) and when they didn’t kick her out, she got hired by other films and commercials. Recently in Brooklyn, she’s now adjusting to Austin, Texas.
Louisa Brown, Writer/Producer
Born and raised in London, Louisa has lived and worked in New York City for over 20 years and has been screenwriting for over 10 years. She assisted Seth Zie Rosenfeld (The Get Down, How to Make it in America) during his tenure at Columbia University teaching the graduate screenwriting course where she first got the screenwriting bug. Since then she has written, co-written and shot a number of feature length screenplays, pilots and short films. Louisa was recently nominated for best episodic writer with the Black and Latino Film Coalition and the latest short film she co-wrote, Mila & Mimi Too premiered as an official selection of HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival (2018). Louisa lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Jhane Myers, Producer
(Comanche/Blackfeet American Indian)
Jhane Myers is a Sundance/ Time Warner Storyteller Fellow (2018) and Producer Fellow for (2017). Jhane is known for her attention to detail and dedication to producing, Native language, Native cultural advising, acting and fine art. Jhane is known for the Comanche linguistics and culture in Monsters of God (2017), Comanche linguistics in Magnificent 7 (2016) and as associate producer of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 (2014).
Mickey Sumner, Executive Producer
Mickey Sumner is an accomplished actress, artist and activist. Most known for her performances in Frances Ha (2012), Battle of the Sexes (2017), The End of the Tour (2015) and TNT's upcoming Snowpiercer (2019). She sits on the board of the Rainforest Foundation Fund, a charitable foundation dedicated to the preservation of the rainforest by defending the rights of the indigenous peoples living there.