MEET HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN-OWNED STUDIO
By Awa Gueye
March 16, 2020
Camel Rock Studios is the first movie studio owned by a Native American tribe in Hollywood’s long history. After moving out of their former casino and into a new one, the Tesuque Pueblo tribe of New Mexico had the idea to repurpose the 75,000-square foot space into a studio facility.
The studio looks over the reddish-brown foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains a dreamy location that will include standing sets, vistas, and planned shooting stages. Already famed for their stunning location, the area has appeared in films like Ghost Ranch, Taos, and El Santuario de Chimayo. Now Camel Rock will broaden their reach by producing movies, television and mobile entertainment platforms.
President and CEO of the Pueblo of Tesuque Development Corporation, Timothy J. Brown describes the space as “a bit of a back-to-the-future facility” as “Camel Rock was conceived to follow the tradition of the historic Hollywood studios —like Warner Bros. and Paramount — with their off-site film ranches.” In keeping with the future, Native Americans will hopefully have even more opportunity to be accurately represented onscreen as opposed to historical misrepresentation in Hollywood.