The Auteur Tribe

Founded by Tawny Foskett, The Auteur Tribe produces and collaborates in the making of media and art that is off the beaten path. We are filmmakers, playwrights, actors, dancers, writers, photographers and more. We are a community of artists who collaborate on projects we’re inspired by and we have strong, visionary authorship of the projects we initiate.

One recent example, is the forming of WICA (women in the collaborative arts).  When Tawny returned to California's north coast, summer of 2018, she reached out to fellow leaders in the community, who also make film, and WICA was born.  Although still in the development phase, it is envisioned both as a female-centric production company and to help bring a women-in-film entity to this creative region of northern Humboldt County.


Tawny Foskett

Director/producer/editor, Tawny Foskett, studied and worked as an actor and dancer before turning to behind-the-scenes work in first theatre, and then film.  Tawny studied Social Sciences, Theatre and Film at both The New School and Humboldt State University and received a Graduate Diploma in Narrative Directing from The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.  Her 2012 short, Girls Who Smoke, adapted from a Moth/This American Life story by Jen Hixson, screened in 20 festivals around the US, Canada and Europe.  Her films have been recognized by The Post Alley Film Festival (Audience Award), Sarasota Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Coney Island and more. 


Tawny received her MFA in Film Production from Concordia University August 2019, and just completed a semester of teaching two film production courses at Humboldt State.  She is currently in production on a feature documentary titled, A Member of the Precariat, which turns the focus onto her own struggles in recent years as an artist, and covers her current journey developing her feature, Natasha & Sam.  The short of Natasha & Sam will begin its festival run in 2020.

Artist Statement

I make narrative films and documentaries about women who come to find their own truths as they negotiate difficult socio-economic circumstances, class divisions, and expectations about sexuality.  Women searching for themselves—whether on actual journeys, traveling in faraway lands, or staying put in familiar places—this is the subject I explore as a filmmaker. These are women and girls who, in the process of becoming the main characters in their own lives, are first only important for whom they are to others.


My approach is informed by a reliance on ingenuity using the materials available. I often blend both feminist social commentary with an experimental style and semi-fiction neo realism.

I’m interested in bringing to life the alchemical potential of these varied, vital, authentic stories of female outsiders and sharing them with art-house audiences around the globe.

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