Kavelina Torres is an Alaska Native hailing from the Yup'ik, Inupiaq and Athabascan Nations. She lives in North Pole, Alaska, where life is rich and full of diversity. She is a student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where she is studying Yup'ik Filmmaking. She writes theater plays and screenplays with contemporary Alaskan and Alaska Native themes.
Kavelina has been the first assistant director for two features (The Messenger, 2012 and Mining for Ruby, 2013), a writer with the Alaska Native Playwright's Program (1st and 2nd annual - 2009 & 2011); a writer/director participant of The Last Frontier Theater Conference (2011 & 2012); a writer for Overnighter's, One Mic Stand, and Famous for Fifteen (2011-2013). She is also a Fellow for the 2013 Sundance NativeLab with her script Ave and the Uglies. Her interests lie in media as an avenue to connect Alaska Native generations through empowerment. In her spare time, she walks her dogs, rides her motorcycle, reads, and has a special place in her heart for horror, science fiction and fantasy film, as well as television, radio, and books.
Over the summer Kavelina served as a public media intern at Alaska Public Media with support from Vision Maker Media. There, she directed her own short film, as well as assisting in the production of an episode of Vision Maker Media’s upcoming series Growing Native. In September 2013, Kavelina spoke with Producer Profiles about her life and experiences as a filmmaker.
Interviews were conducted and edited by Landon Mattison.