Gabrielle Norte (Cahuilla/Cupeño) is a 22-year-old Native American filmmaker & photographer from Warner Springs, California.


She currently lives in Malibu, California where she is a senior at Pepperdine University with a major in Film Studies, emphasis in Production.  She is working towards a career as a director/writer/cinematographer for narrative film & tv.

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. It screened at the 2019 Reelstories Film Festival. The film is also the official selection of the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and has earned Norte nominations for Best Student Film Over 18 and Best Cinematography.

Norte’s visual storytelling is rooted in culture and identity and she hopes it inspires the Native youth to pursue their goals more wholeheartedly.