Colleen Thurston is a documentary storyteller and film curator from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her films explore the relationships between humans and the natural world and focus on Indigenous perspectives. Colleen has produced for the Smithsonian Channel, Vox, PBS, and federal, tribal, and non profit organizations. Her work has screened at international film festivals and broadcast nationwide. She has received support from Firelight Media, the Sundance Institute, Patagonia, ITVS, the Redford Center and Creative Capital.

Colleen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, the project coordinator for the Indigenous video series, Native Lens, and is a programmer for Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Make Believe Seattle. She’s curated film programs for institutions such as the Momentary (Bentonville, AR), UCLA Film and Television Archives and Vidiots (Los Angeles, CA), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). Colleen is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.