Storyteller’s Prize Presentation & Live Event, June 13, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Kayla Briët, also known by her stage name Kaia, is an 18 year old self-taught filmmaker and musician of Native American Prairie Band Potawatomi, Chinese, and Dutch-Indonesian descent. Her short films have taken her to the White House for the First-Ever White House Film Festival, where she was invited to meet President Barack Obama, Bill Nye, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as well as to NYC where one of her films was screened at the AMC Theatres Times Square for the 2014 All-American High School Film Festival. Her work has also been awarded at the MY HERO Intl. Film Festival (Santa Monica) and Intl. Student Film Festival Hollywood, and her work in science/educational media has been awarded by organizations such as ProjectEd, ACS, and FASEB.
As a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught composer, Kaia scores her own films and loves making music in styles ranging from cinematic to alternative pop. She is constantly inspired by the beauty of culture and the journey of finding one’s own voice. Her biggest aspiration is to inspire self-worth and self-confidence in others and make a positive impact in the realm of education and the arts.
By Keri Wilborn