10th ANNUAL LA SKINS FEST

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10th ANNUAL LA SKINS FEST ANNOUNCES ALL EVENTS AND FILM SCREENINGS NOVEMBER 15th-20th, 2016 

Los Angeles Skins Fest
Presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL
Announces 2016 Event and Film Line Up
During 6-Day Festival

Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 2016 – The LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL, announced today its full list of features and shorts that will be screened through the festival’s 6-day run (November 15th – 20th, 2016).  Events will take place at Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Comedy Central Stage.

“At NBCUniversal we celebrate the tribal diversity of groups indigenous to North America by telling diverse stories, commemorating heritage, and fostering dialogue on a variety of platforms. We are proud to support LA SKINS FEST to help promote our message of inclusion in all facets of our business.” Remarked Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal.

More than 60 features, documentaries, shorts, and student films, representing hundreds of Native American tribes, make the Los Angeles Skins Fest a truly incredible event. Of the dozens of films being screened, more than 25 will see their world premieres. All  represent some of the best in Indigenous cinema. Films were selected out of hundreds of submissions from around the world.

“From family-friendly animated Native American stories to powwow experiences to challenging documentaries that transport you to Native American communities and Nations, the variety of films offered define our festival’s mission,” said Ian Skorodin, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Skins Fest.

Opening night is November 16th at 8 pm at the Comedy Central Stage, and includes a sketch comedy showcase featuring Native American actors. The 3rd Native Sketch Comedy Showcase is an endeavor that gives Native American actors an opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals and the Native American community of Los Angeles.

On Thursday November 17th 7pm, SAG/AFTRA hosts an audition workshop for Native American actors. The workshop features a panel of casting directors, network casting personnel and Emmy Awards Nominee Actress Sheri Foster (Cherokee). Select participants will have an opportunity to audition for the panel and receive professional critique.

The LA SKINS FEST opens its 2016 film slate Friday, Nov 18th at Barnsdall Art Park Gallery Theatre with the incredible film Fire Song presented by City of Los Angeles Council member Mitch O’Farrell. The thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jones focuses on Shane (Andrew Martin), a young, gay Anishinaabe man at a crossroads. The award-winning short film, Vamonos, precedes Fire Song. Vamonos concerns a young woman’s struggle with grief after Mac, her butch girlfriend, passes away, and she comes face to face with homophobic hostilities from her dead girlfriend’s family.

On Saturday, November 19th, the LA SKINS FEST moves to the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  At 12 pm, What Was Ours, the award winning SXSW documentary directed by Mat Hames, will screen. 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. A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

On Saturday, November 19th at 12 pm, a youth day celebration will feature a multimedia seminar with Native American actor Ross Crain (Cherokee Word For Water). At 2 pm a Youth Screening program will show films from the LA Skins Fest Summer Youth Workshop. Youth from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay, the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley, and the Colorado River Indian Tribes produced films this summer and will be available for a Q&A following the 2 pm screening.

On Saturday, November 19th at 3 pm, the struggles of Native American communities will be explored with the screening of Oka Legacy. 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, a standoff ensued between the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake, the police, and eventually the army. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

On Saturday, November 19th at 4 pm, Native American women filmmakers will be showcased through the animated short Monster Slayer, and the dramatic feature The Saver. The Saver concerns an orphaned teenager, Fern, caught in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter, who resolves to avoid her mother’s tragic fate by becoming a millionaire. Filmmakers from both films will be available following the screening for a Q&A.

On Saturday, November 19th at 6 pm, short films from Indian Country will be showcased. Films include Indian Giver, a comedic short about one man’s journey to win his family back after being absent for 15 years; Wabooz, protagonist Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw a superhero that embodies his desired self; and Field of Dreams, where a young boy finds solace on the baseball field and the courage to bridge the widening gap with his father. Filmmakers will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

The LA Premier of Seventh Fire, a documentary from executive producers Natalie Portman and Terence Malick, will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 8 pm. 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.  Filmmaker Jack Pettibone Riccobono will be joining the LA audience for a Q&A following the screening.

Following the screening of Seventh Fire, the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood hosts the LA SKINS FEST Saturday night after party starting at 10pm. Meet filmmakers, community members and media professionals at the industry mixer in the heart of the entertainment world. Tickets available at laskinsfest.com.

On Sunday, November 20th at 11 am, the LA SKINS FEST continues its screenings at the TCL Chinese theater. The plight of missing Indigenous women will be showcased. On The Farm follows main character Nikki Taylor (Maija Tailfeathers), a sex worker who notices the disappearance of an alarming number of women. This will be  preceded by the short Stolen, which concerns a young girl escaping from a foster home, only to be picked up by a dangerous stranger.

On Sunday, November 20th at 1 pm, Promised Land will screen. The social justice documentary 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. A Q&A with filmmakers and tribal leaders follows the screening.

On Sunday, November 20th at 3 pm Heaven’s Floor with Clea Duvall and Toby Huss will screen. Heaven’s Floor concerns a photographer who chases adventure from Los Angeles to the Canadian Arctic, and finds herself on the line between life and death. A Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening.

The festival closing movie, Sunday November 20th at 5 pm, is the Disney masterpiece Finding Nemo translated into Navajo. This is an incredible milestone for both the Navajo tribe and the historic studio. Representatives from Disney and the Navajo Nation will participate in a Q&A following the screening.

On Sunday, November 20th at 5 pm, filmmakers, artists and community leaders will be honored at our annual awards celebration. Awarded filmmakers are inducted into writing and directing programs for Native Americans where they are mentored through their next production.

Corporate support of the Los Angeles Skins Fest plays an essential role in the life of the festival and emphasizes the festival’s commitment to quality, exploration, and excellence in the art of cinema. The Los Angeles Skins Fest is privileged to partner with some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands, including Comcast NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CBS Entertainment Diversity, CBS Corp, Ramona Band of Cahuilla, KCETLink, Lionsgate, HBO, A+E Network Television, ABC/DISNEY Television Group, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, SAG/AFTRA, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, ABC-7, Writers Guild of America-West, Department of Cultural Affairs – Los Angeles, and Kohl’s Department Store.

“We simply could not present the LA SKINS FEST without the generous support of our sponsors, who believe in what we do and back us meaningfully and repeatedly,” said Skorodin.

The 10th Annual LA SKINS FEST program is posted in its entirety at www.laskinsfest.com. Film stills and Festival images are available upon request. Email contact@laskinsfest.com for more information.

About LA SKINS FEST

The prestigious Los Angeles Skins Fest ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. LASF is considered a major launching ground for the Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, Los Angeles Skins Fest, presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a 6-day multicultural event celebrating the art of film. Los Angeles Skins Fest’s long‐standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule consists of dozens of filmmakers presenting their newest works, special artist development programs, tributes to community leaders, special events, and remarkable films. The Los Angeles Skins Fest is a 501 (c)(3) non‐profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.

About Our Sponsors

LA SKINS FEST is supported by Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Development, HBO, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CBS Corp, Ramona Band of Cahuilla, KCETLink, Lionsgate, A+E Television Networks, ABC/DISNEY Television Group, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, SAG/AFTRA, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Writers Guild of America-West, Department of Cultural Affairs – Los Angeles, and Kohl’s Department Store, among others.

Media Contact:

Patricia Gomes, Festival Coordinator

323 466 7400

contact@laskinsfest.com