By Roadtrip Nation

Bennie Klain



My road in life has been direct.
Grew up "dirt poor" on a Navajo reservation.
Knew he wanted to do something creative with his life, but says, "on the reservation, you can be creative, but you won't get paid for it."
Spent his youth working service jobs but always looking for a way off the reservation, a way to further himself.
Got into college; flunked out after just one year.
Too embarrassed to tell his mom he got kicked out; told her he was exploring other options.
Took a job at a radio station, loved it; developed the idea for his first documentary.
Went back to college at the University of Texas to study filmmaking.
After graduating, he finally told his mom that he'd failed on his first try, all those years ago.


Independent Filmmaker/Founder

I'm a storyteller bringing new voices and hidden histories to people from an indigenous perspective.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Being Creative