Gabrielle "Gabz" Norte (Cahuilla/Cupeño) is a 24-year-old Native American filmmaker & photographer from Warner Springs, California. She graduated in 2020 from Pepperdine University with a major in Film Studies, emphasis in Production. She currently lives on the Los Coyotes Reservation. She will be attending UCLA Fall 2022 to pursue a Master Degree in Media Archival.
Her debut short film, The Wounded Healer, premiered at California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival in Pechanga, CA and screened as an official selection at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA as part of The LA Skins Film Festival, earning her a nomination for Best Emerging Filmmaker. It is a winner of the Best Cinematography award at Reelstories Film Festival in Malibu, CA.
Her second short film, People Watching, premiered at the 2019 LA Skins Film Festival, earning her another nomination for Best Emerging Filmmaker. The film was also the official selection of the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and earned nominations for Best Student Film Over 18 and Best Cinematography, as well as winning the Summerhawk Native Film Award.
She is a part of the 400 Years Project and Indigenous Photograph databases.
Norte’s visual storytelling is rooted in culture and identity and she hopes it inspires the Native youth to pursue their goals more wholeheartedly.