At the age of 14, Q’orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick’s Oscar nominated film The New World”,
Her performance won her the National Board of Reviews best breakthrough performance of 2006 and the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, as well as numerous nominations and rave reviews.
Some of her other credits include Princess Kaiulani, the award-winning FX TV show Sons of Anarchy, Shouting Secrets, Hallmark Hall of Fames “Firelight”, the Syfy mini-series Neverland, The Killing , Longmire and The Power Of Few, starring Christopher Walken and Christian Slater, a film she not only starred in but also produced via her production company iQ Films. iQ films upcoming slate of projects currently includes “The Life”, a TV pilot shining light on the epidemic of child sex trafficking in the US and “Always Running” A Film based on the world famous , award winning book by Luis J Rodrigues.
As Actress and young multi media producer and director with an eye for innovation , Qorianka is a much sought after Keynote Speaker, Media Educator,Master Class and Workshop facilitator , speaking and teaching master classes at various Universities, Youth Events, and Film Festivals, including the Washington DC International Film Festival, LALIFF, Harvard Leadership Conference, North West University and George Washington University just to mention a few. She is also a volunteer and collaborator with some of the most effective and outstanding Youth in Arts programs locally and globally , including LIFI, LALIFF, AIE and IYMS (International Youth Media Summit ) as well as youth Media programs at various High schools including The Hollywood High school New Media Academy and the LA School of Global Studies
As a young producer willing to see opportunity where others see risk, Qorianka proved to be not only a young voice for change with a desire to break down some of the barriers of conventional film making but also someone with a vision for a more inclusive , interactive and collaborative film making process and production model. Her contributions as producer to the films significant interactive and collaborative elements through participatory storytelling not only proved that there is opportunity were most see risk, but was a major step in creating a new connection between Hollywood and a young passionate global audience, and audience with a desire to creatively express themselves and have their voices heard while exploring the new frontiers and of today’s interactive media and technology.
Q’orianka is not only an award winning actress with high critical acclaim, but also an accomplished Singer Songwriter and committed Human Rights and environmental activist and fearless young force, who has courageously and tirelessly used her public voice and privilege of celebrity to speak out for the voiceless and many of today’s most important and relevant causes and issues.
Her work in support of basic Human Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, corporate accountability and Indigenous peoples rights has not only garnered her many national and international nominations, awards and honors including the Young Hollywood Green Award, the Gandhi Award and the prestigious Brower Youth Award , but also has won her the respect from many indigenous leaders and notable personalities like Nobel Peace Price winner Rigoberta Menchu , Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango among others.
Her work and persona were one of James Cameron’s first inspirations in creating the character of “Naitiri ” for the highly successful film “Avatar”.
While Q’orianka frequently lends her celebrity, voice and energy as spokesperson and youth ambassador to many notable organizations such as Amnesty international, Green Peace, AIDESEP, IFG ,Amazon Watch, and Volunteers teaching kids Film acting and production when ever she can just to name a few, her true passion is to help empower small grassroots community projects and indigenous youth initiatives from around the world and work directly with the many unsung every day action heroes who she feels are the true front line soldiers of effective change.
Q’orianka is the founder of on-Q Initiative, Youth4Truth media and ActionHeroNetwork with AHN being the first open source activist platform focused on empowering the many every day action heroes within our communities and globally, while facilitating a more interactive, direct and collaborative approach to philanthropy itself.
Q’orianka frequently gives master classes for actors at various Universities and film festivals and speaks at international conferences and panels including the United Nations – Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Forum on Globalization ,Amnesty internationals woman’s rights, World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Rise-Up Womans Health Initiative and at various universities, including Georg Washington University and the Harvard Leadership conference, speaking on a wide spectrum of subjects including Human Rights, environmental and social justice, sustainability, indigenous peoples rights, corporate accountability, Free Trade, youth leadership, and Juvenile justice, womans rights and empowerment just to name a few.
In her free time, Qorianka enjoys dedicating herself to her passion for music and is hoping to play more live shows and record a CD of her original music.