2016 Festival Schedule

Tuesday, November 15

  • 2016 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm FullScreen 12180 Millennium Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90094 United States
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    The 2016 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP was the final component of a year long Writers Lab. This was an intensive writing program that prepared Native Americans for television and film writing careers. The writers program was formed in accordance with the L.A. Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native... Read more » See Details

Wednesday, November 16

Thursday, November 17

Friday, November 18

6-8pm: Special Community Screening

  • Screening 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight For Justice November 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Barnsdall Gallery Theater 4800 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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    When Elouise Cobell, a petite Blackfeet warrior from Montana, started asking questions about missing money from government managed Indian Trust accounts, she never imagined that one day she would be taking on the world’s most powerful government. But what she discovered as the Treasurer of her tribe was a trail of fraud and corruption leading all... Read more » See Details

Two Spirit Film Program 8-10pm

Saturday, November 19

Preserving Culture & Customs Documentaries 12pm-2pm

  • Screening What Was Ours November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    A young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a wise Shoshone elder to explore vanished artifacts kept in the archives of a museum. The three uncover ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years, setting each on a journey to recover their vanished objects, while discovering... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Soup For My Brother November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss. This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls. See Details
  • Screening Ohero:kon – Under the Husk November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    “Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” is a 26-min documentary following the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their passage rites ceremony to become women in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory located in upstate NY. See Details
  • Screening Skokomish to Quinault November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    Skokomish Tribal members embark on a 100 mile journey to the coast of Washington State. “Skokomish to Quinault” presents a unique look at preserving culture & custom in a modern age. Hikers battle fatigue, injuries and Bigfoot…? See Details

Native Youth Multimedia Program Films 2-3pm

Protecting Ancestral land 3-4pm

  • Screening The Oka Legacy November 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka, Quebec. Triggered by plans to expand a golf course on ancestral land, it was a standoff between the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake, the police and eventually the army. The Oka Crisis, which lasted 78 days and drew worldwide attention, had a... Read more » See Details

Young Native Women in FIlm 4-6pm

  • Screening Monster Slayer November 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    In this contemporary retelling of the Navajo story of the Hero Twins, teenagers Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie battle monsters raised by the mysterious Coyote with the help of their medicine man grandfather and metalhead uncle. Monster Slayer is a short film shot on location in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, featuring an all-Navajo cast,... Read more » See Details
  • Screening The Saver November 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    After being orphaned in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter, teenager Fern resolves to avoid her mother’s tragic fate – by becoming a millionaire.  “All you need to do is save,” according to the book How to become a Millionaire. So, with Youth Protection at her heels, she lies to get a job first as... Read more » See Details

Shorts Program 6-8pm

Healing Our Community 8-10pm

  • Screening The Seventh Fire November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on... Read more » See Details

After Party & Mixer 10pm-12pm

  • Screening After Party & Mixer November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 pm Hard Rock Cafe 6801 Hollywood Blivd #105
    Los Angeles, 90028 United States
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    The LA SKINS FEST offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and our community of artists. After ten years, we have garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. On Saturday November 19th 10pm, we host an annual industry mixer for filmmakers, Native American leaders and the... Read more » See Details

Sunday, November 20

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 11-1pm

  • Screening Stolen November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    A young girl escapes from a foster home, only to  be picked up by a dangerous stranger. In Canada, there are over 1200 documented cases of missing and murdered Native American girls and women. This film shines light on the issue. See Details
  • Screening On The Farm November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    The film follows main character Nikki Taylor (Maija Tailfeathers), a sex worker who notices the disappearance of an alarming number of women. She teams up with a female police officer and a social worker to investigate. They face a slow-moving police department until the media takes notice and it becomes a national story. See Details

Pacific Northwest 1-3pm

  • Screening Xalax Ti: House of the Red Lizard November 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    A local salmon fisherman discovers a petroglyph that supports an ancient oral tradition of a lizard monster that threatened the Native Quileute people of the Pacific Northwest centuries ago. This documents the tribe’s removal of the rock back to their care on their reservation and what this discovering means to them. See Details
  • Screening Promised Land November 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal... Read more » See Details

In the Snow Film Program 3-5Pm

  • Screening Little Folk of the Arctic November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Heaven’s Floor November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    A photographer chases adventure from Los Angeles to the Canadian Arctic and for the first time she finds herself on the line between life and death. Desperate for more meaning in her life, Julia, (Clea Duvall) meets a fearless expedition leader Jack, (Timothy V. Murphy) who convinces her to join a photographic journey to the Canadian... Read more » See Details

Animation Closing Night Film Program 5-7pm

LASF Award Ceremony 7-8pm

  • Screening LA SKINS FEST Award Ceremony November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    On Sunday November 20th, 2016,  the LA SKINS FEST held its annual award show to honor Native filmmakers, leaders and community members. The 2016 LA SKINS FEST AWARD WINNERS were: ON THE FARM Directed by Rachel Talalay Achievement in FilmmakingPresented by Comcast NBCUniversal MONSTER SLAYER Directed by Kjell Boersma Achievement in Short FilmmakingPresented by Streampix PROMISED LAND... Read more » See Details