Intersectional Indigenous roots blossom in the form of a modern-day renaissance artist. Keilani Rose is an award-winning filmmaker, rapidly rising DJ, and classically/ culturally trained dancer. She is Lheidli T’enneh (The People Where the Two Rivers Flow Together), and Kānaka Mamao (Native Hawai’ian diaspora), with Chinese immigrant and Irish settler ancestry. Keilani is her Grandmother’s Granddaughter, a direct descendent of Great Grandmother Seymour, The Matriarch of the North, and finds her way through story-telling and the sacred arts of music and dance as deeply personal and inter-generational healing.
Rose made her film debut starring in and choreographing, Within the Silence, (written & directed by Jade Tailor) which garnered the Festival de Cannes (2021) awards for Best Fantasy and Best Choreography. Along with features on Skymed (CBC/Paramount+), and Shoresy (Crave/Hulu) airing spring/summer of 2022, she also leads in Cody Kearsley’s (Persephone Pictures), Breathe. Keilani is the founder and executive director of TWO RIVERS & A ROSE FILMWORKS, her production company dedicated to reclaiming space for Indigenous voices in Hollywood and mainstream media while amplifying messages of equity and reconciliation.
An artist with true ingenuity for evolution, Rose explored beyond her dance roots and fell in love with the craft of the turntables. She borrowed a pair of Technics from her kuya, DJ Relik, set up shop on the dining table, and quickly became addicted to collecting vinyl. Now, lighting up frequencies throughout Los Angeles, Tulum, London, Vancouver and Miami, her signature sets weave stories of resilience and themes of justice, joy, and love through the music she curates. Keilani’s diversity in genre and style is limitless. Sought after by brands such as Versace, Marc Jacobs, Topshop, and Sephora, the announcement of her first exclusive music releases and partnerships are anticipated with much excitement this 2022.
Since her performing arts career launched into prominence, this accomplished creative has impacted global audiences with versatility transcending triple threat status. Portraying iconic characters on countless hit shows and major networks including DISNEY, FOX, NETFLIX and ABC, while also lending her musical talents in the live arena to collaborators ranging from the Vancouver Canucks to Tegan & Sara; Rose has a relentlessly expansive repertoire in film, television and music; and continues to deliver performances driven by a mission to unify and elevate.