2017 Festival Schedule

Tuesday, November 14

  • Native Writers Pitch Workshop November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm November 14th, 2017, we will conduct the 6th Annual Native Writers Pitch Workshop during the LA SKINS FEST. The NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS PITCH WORKSHOP  is an intensive writing program that prepares Native Americans writers for television and film writing careers. The pitch pit is designed to give writers information that will grow their careers, access to talent development,... Read more » See Details

Wednesday, November 15

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

  • NATIVE YOUTH MEDIA TOUR November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Paramount Pictures 5555 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
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    Friday November 17th – NATIVE YOUTH MEDIA TOUR Participating Native youth will be invited to tour a Hollywood studio. Native youth participants will learn about film and television history, walk on sets, sound stages and meet with studio personnel. The purpose of tour is to inspired the next generation to explore film and television as a... Read more » See Details
  • Opening Night Screening November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1313 Vine St
    Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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    THOR RAGNAROK From Maori filmmaker Taika Waititi, the LA SKINS FEST opening night movie is presented by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment. Reception will follow the screening. . Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former... Read more » See Details

Saturday, November 18

10am - 12pm: NATIVE LENS

12pm -2pm: NATIVE YOUTH MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP

  • Screening NATIVE YOUTH MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theater VIP Lounge 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    Saturday November 18th – NATIVE YOUTH MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP During the festival, we will offer a one day NATIVE YOUTH MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP.  The workshop is focused on filmmaking and instructs the youth participants in camera operation, directing, editing, and music composition. We will discuss drama techniques, proper auditioning, and the business of acting. Youth will be encourage... Read more » See Details

12 - 2pm: NATIVE WOMEN DIRECTORS

  • Screening NiiSoTeWak November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    NiiSoTeWak translates to “walking the path together”, and Cree traditional teachings claim that although identical twins are born with two separate bodies, they share only one heart. Through the eyes of spirited ten-year-old Inninewak (Cree) twin boys, Tapwewin (Speaking Truth) and Pawaken (Totem) explore and question the essence of their Being in relation to the... Read more » See Details
  • Screening From Up North November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    From Up North is a personal, poetic short documentary directed by Trudy Stewart based on her experience working for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Featured storyteller Noel Starblanket shares his experiences of attending the Lebret Indian Residential School. While listening to Noel’s stories, Trudy reflects on her time listening to survivors’ stories and her connection... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Wica Agli: To Return a Man November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    On the Rosebud Reservation, perpetrators of violent crimes against women face the consequences of their actions through culturally-specific Native curriculum, exploring what it means to be a man and to “return a man”. See Details
  • Screening The Mayors of Shiprock November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm In the small town of Shiprock, New Mexico a group of young Navajo leaders work to bring hope and change into their once thriving community. See Details

2pm - 4pm: EMERGING FILMMAKERS PROGRAM 1

  • Screening TRENCH November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Upon returning home from World War I, Blackfoot veteran Michael Mountain Horse created a story robe with pictographs depicting his experience at Vimy Ridge. 100 years later, Blackfoot performance artist Adrian Stimson sets out to dig a trench in the shape of those legendary symbols. See Details
  • Screening The Stay November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm A brother goes mysteriously missing at hotel after an argument with his sister over a recent loss of their mother. His sister searches for him and discovers something very dark about the hotel. See Details
  • Screening Forgotten November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Levi lives a simple life until escalating visions too strong to ignore lead him to reconnect to his indigenous heritage. See Details
  • Screening Muñecas November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Teenagers Pablo and Ray are best friends, despite living on opposite sides of the US/Mexican border. Both were born into a life of drug smuggling and are now the two sides of weekly transactions. Inevitably, a deal goes wrong and Pablo must face the horrors of the melting pot culture that rejects who he is. See Details
  • Screening Her Eyes November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Captured by trust, imprisoned by betrayal, but freed by hope. Reyes, a young Cree woman, embarks on a new journey that gets interrupted when she’s forced into a dark underworld by a charming, young photographer See Details
  • Screening The Strength of Siblings November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    When Shot-Z becomes locked in a self destructive cycle of substance abuse , his siblings must work together to get their brother back on a better path. They learn that forgiveness is freedom. See Details

4- 6pm: Missing Indigenous Women

  • Screening River Of Silence November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    After the mysterious murder of her daughter, Helen Wolf sets out to find answers, instead the killer finds her. See Details
  • Screening Missing Indigenous November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Set in a rural reservation town, Missing Indigenous begins as two detectives, played by Solomon Trimble (Sam Uley of Twilight), and Isaac Trimble (Producer) investigate the homicide of a young woman marked with a killer’s deadly signature. With the assistance of entomologist Brett Rivers, played by actor David Velarde, the detectives soon realize Brett may... Read more » See Details

6pm - 8pm: SHORTS PROGRAM 1

  • Screening The Spider November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Chuck has a crush on the flower shop girl next door. Using a superhero card that his co-worker Kelly drew, Chuck tries to strike up a conversation. See Details
  • Screening O for a Thousand Tongues November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    A 19th-century spiritual thriller that is also a deconstruction and condemnation of colonial violence. A story through a young missionary’s troubled relationship with a Haida family. See Details
  • Screening Captivity Narrative November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    A young writer chases down his doppelganger on the downtown streets of Albuquerque. See Details
  • Screening Mino Bimaadiziwin November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm A contemporary Native American love story about decolonization. See Details
  • Screening Gas Can November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Gas Can is a narrative short film (15min) about the cycles of privilege and racism on the prairies. The film follows the story of Anthem, a Cree man moving to the city with his family. Along the way, they run out of gas and Anthem asks an old friend — the Farmer — for help.... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Horizon November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    When a young Native American man collides paths with an immigrant woman on the outskirts of an isolated reservation, all hope seems lost when he assumes she’s dead, but upon awakening, a story of compassion and heartbreak unfolds See Details
  • Screening Unintentional Mother November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    In this stirring drama a young nanny, Anna, and the six-year-old she cares for, Lucas, form a deep and loving bond as they experience similar abuse. When the cruelty in their lives escalates, Anna makes a hasty and difficult decision that will change things forever. See Details
  • Screening Hickey Gone Wrong November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    OH NO! Grant has his first official Fort Smith, NWT, Hickey and he doesn’t want his parents to find out. Join us as we follow him through this passage of warriorhood as the town pitches in to offer in sage advice in the ways of ‘the passion bruise.’ Based on Richard Van Camp’s story, ‘Hickey... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Jackrabbit November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Jackrabbit is a short film drama about an indigenous boy who questions who he is growing up isolated from any sense of community. Through his instinctive running and a deepening relationship with his uncle, the boy begins to discover his cultural identity through his lineage. See Details

8:30 pm - 9pm: Native American Music Videos

  • Screening MY SOUL REMAINED November 18 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Cinematic Pictures Group 6801 Hollywood Blvd Ste 200A
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    The music video for Laura Ortman’s passionate ‘My Soul Remainer’ roars from the mountain tops with impressionistic imagery inspired by the elements. See Details
  • Screening Ghost Town November 18 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Cinematic Pictures Group 6801 Hollywood Blvd Ste 200A
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    The first single off his debut album “Hard Road out of Hell”, which was nominated for Best Instrumental CD at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards. See Details
  • Screening 4 Push Ups November 18 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Cinematic Pictures Group 6801 Hollywood Blvd Ste 200A
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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    4 Push Ups follows MzShellz as she prepares for, arrives at and dances at a Pow Wow. It showcases her partner in hip hop & life, Chief Rock with their family, as well as Pow Wow dancers off all ages from the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples. See Details

8:30pm - 12am: Native American Award Ceremony

  • Screening Native American Award Ceremony November 18 @ 8:31 pm - 11:30 pm Cinematic Pictures Group 6801 Hollywood Blvd Ste 200A
    Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
    Saturday — November 18, 2017 at Cinematic Picture Group in Hollywood, CA. The Native American Award Ceremony Celebrate with Filmmakers from across Indian country as we honor the great achievements in Native American cinema! On Saturday November 18th, 8:30pm, the 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST will award filmmakers whose original works are distinguished amongst their peers.... Read more » See Details

Sunday, November 19

9am- 11am: NATIVE AMERICA ACTIVISM

11am - 12pm: OUR HISTORY

12pm - 2pm: EMERGING FILMMAKERS PROGRAM 2

  • Screening Family November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Family is a compelling story of family and what matters most at the end of the day. Shane the older brother is a up and coming creative hip hop artist, and Liam the younger brother. a smart young man learning many of his cultural and spiritual teachings. They both work hard in hope to be... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Because I’ve Been There November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Because I’ve been there, is a short film about two young indigenous girls struggling with life at home and the hectic world that surrounds them; both expressing their pain in different ways. Tracy not knowing how to relieve the stress and pain of home life, bully’s and belittles Michelle in an attempt to put her... Read more » See Details
  • Screening The Signs November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    A young girl is pushed over the edge from a group of cyber bullies who want to keep their group as is. From the LA SKINS FEST Native Youth Multimedia Workshop, this film was produced by participating youth who felt the need to explore current problems in their world. The Native Youth Multimedia Workshop is... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Halloween November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    An imprisoned boy reveals the dark truth behind his psychosis. From the LA SKINS FEST Native Youth Multimedia Workshop, this film was produced by participating youth who felt the need to explore current problems in their world. The Native Youth Multimedia Workshop is sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the National... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Mannahatta November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    In the city that never sleeps wanders a ghost that cannot rest. Mannahatta is a short black and white film about peace and understanding. When an ancient Native American spirit lost in an in-between world is seen by pizza worker Ivan he attempts to get a message across. But Ivan isn’t interested, he is on... Read more » See Details
  • Screening The Secrets Behind The Bignell Bridge November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Secrets Behind The Bigness Bridge centres on the epidemic of suicide in Opaskwayak Cree Nation and shows that love, strength, and balance can conquer any fear that Indigenous youth are experiencing. Written and Directed by the Youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in collaboration with Nu Media On Tour. See Details
  • Screening The Wounded Healer November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    At a therapeutic retreat program, a disillusioned escapist continues to try to run away from his problems and from a weathered psychologist with an unconventional treatment. See Details
  • Screening Design of Life November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Kim Marcus, Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla/Serrano gives viewers a look into the history of Cahuilla pictographs while demonstrating the actual process of creating iron oxide paints and applying them to rocks with students of Noli Indian High School. We are taken on a journey to the San Jacinto Mountains to witness first hand a... Read more » See Details

2 - 3pm: FINDING THE LIGHT

  • Screening Viva Diva November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Rozene and Diva are partners on a road trip to get their gender affirmation surgeries. Along the way Rozene comforts Diva with humor when Diva has trouble reconciling she has HIV. Relying on sex work to pay for their operations, Rozene places an ad on Craigslist as they drive through the place where she grew... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Promising Practices In Indigenous Communities In Saskatchewan November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan are experiencing HIV/AIDS rates eleven times the national average, among the highest in the world. Faced with stigma and discrimination, many communities are taking ownership of their health using promising innovative methods and culturally appropriate practices, addressing the epidemic. We interviewed community leaders, First Nations AIDS service organizations, HIV Positive activists,... Read more » See Details

3pm - 5pm: WATER IS LIFE

  • Screening Beyond all Boundaries November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
    The film uses interviews and original footage to chronicle two big challenges for the Colorado River Indian Tribes in the present day: the fight to protect ancestral lands and the fight to protect water rights. Earth and water are two vital elements to the CRIT people, and they are being challenged in new ways that the film... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends–a lemming and an Arctic hare–that decide to spend the day together ice fishing.  The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic.  This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit.  This is a fun,... Read more » See Details
  • Screening United by Water November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, 90028
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    “You can flood the path, but we’ll always find our way back.” The 5 tribes (Colville Confederated Tribes, Couer D’Alene, Kalispel, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Spokane) of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago. See Details

5pm- 7pm : SHORTS PROGRAM 2

7 - 9pm: CLOSING NIGHT FILM