- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre has been appointed chairman of Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s film department.

He’ll take over the New Mexico school’s Moving Image Arts Department on Feb. 1.

Eyre directed “Smoke Signals,” which won a Sundance Audience Award and the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy. His television and film work has won numerous awards, including a Peabody and an Emmy.

His latest film, “Hideaway,” starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell, is due for release in May.

Eyre got his start under Robert Redford and his Sundance Institute Directors Lab. Redford says Eyre’s “influence on a new generation of storytellers will be significant.”

Eyre is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma and currently lives in South Dakota.

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