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Native writer from Minneapolis working on Netflix pilot for Obamas' company


February 16, 2021

Wenonah Wilms in Beverly Hills in 2018, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded her its Nicholl Fellowship for screenwriting. (photo provided by AMPAS)

Wenonah Wilms is an overnight success, if by "overnight success" you mean that it took two decades.

Wilms has been announced as co-writer of the pilot for "Firekeeper's Daughter," a murder mystery with a bunch of heavy hitters involved. The series will adapt the upcoming young adult novel by buzzed-about Ojibwe writer Angeline Boulley. It's for Netflix. And it's produced under the Higher Ground banner of Barack and Michelle Obama, whose production "American Factory" won an Oscar last year for best documentary.

The Minneapolis native, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, has not met the former White House residents yet. With several short films under her belt, Wilms was pitching a project to Netflix when execs mentioned "Firekeeper's Daughter," which seemed like a good fit since its title character is both Native and white (Wilms also is part white as well as part Dakota).


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