Pierre Barrera


Pierre Barrera

Pierre Barrera is a Native American filmmaker and actor who was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and now lives in the State of New Mexico. Pierre has directed six short films and has acted in numerous others such as IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH and SWING VOTE.

In 2004 Pierre attended the Institute of American Indian Arts Film and Television Workshop. He received the ABC/Disney grant scholarship for writing THE MYSTICS. Pierre was also the National Geographic All Roads Director's Mentor for the New Mexico's Governor's Cup film, BENITO'S GIFT.

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Many years ago I held the distinct title of Photo Editor for our college newspaper, The Dakota Student at the University of North Dakota. That was the last time I was into the journalistic side of me. I decided then that journalism is not what tickled my fancy. Fast forward 20 years and here I am at the 2014 National Native Media Conference where my documentary Neon Buffalo was getting an award from Vision Maker Media. The culmination of six years of work for me and my producers.

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