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Ian Skorodin

Ian Skorodin graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and began his directing career with an award winning feature film, entitled TUSHKA, based on the murder of a Native American activist’s family. After premiering at Sundance in 1998, TUSHKA went on to win Best Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival and the Spirit Award at the First Nations Film Festival in Chicago. In 2000, TUSHKA was distributed to DirecTV for domestic television distribution and Germany’s Pro Sieben for international audiences.

Skorodin moved into animation and is currently directing CRAZY IND’N, a stop motion animation series. CRAZY IND’N went on to screen in England, Finland, New York and won best animation at the Cherokee International Film Festival. CRAZY IND’N was distributed to Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada, DishNetwork in the United States and will soon be on Finnish Television. Skorodin’s most recent work, WALKING ON TURTLE ISLAND, is a television pilot that premiered at the 2009 Ashland International Film Festival in April. This is a privately financed project set in the 1880’s starring Tantoo Cardinal and Saginaw Grant. This is a groundbreaking series that portrays a Native American hero who wins the day. Two more episodes are in development and Skorodin has been slated to direct both. Skorodin directed The Homestead, a first hand account of the Choctaw survivors of the Trail of Tears and Ramona Band of Cahuilla, a historical documentary based on the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians. Both documentaries are distributed by V-TAPE in Toronto and have been used widely in educational institutions. Skorodin has directed music videos for several independent bands including Indian blues band, NATIVE ROOTS. This video won the First Nations Music Award in Chicago. He also directed two commercials for Native owned DSL company Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. These commercials were used to advertise on television, at business conferences and for training facilities. His commercial directing work also includes promotionals for Rock the Vote, Univision, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Skorodin is currently developing TEN LITTLE INDIANS, a feature length movie about Indians in prison. This is scheduled for production in the winter of 2010. Skorodin has been involved in New Media since developing CD-ROMs in 2000. He manages four websites that contain high-end video, audio and animation. His goal in this field is to expand Native American content and input. He has produced many web based “mini-documentaries” that explore Native American culture and history. The intent of these projects is to educate the non-Native population and bring the Native population into the mainstream. Skorodin has attended numerous professional conferences. His most recent was the 2008 National Black Programming Consortium’s New Media Institute Conference in Washington D.C. In 2002, Skorodin attended the PBS Producer’s Conference as part of the Producer’s Academy scholar’s program. This program was a selective process for producers at a high professional level. Skorodin also won a grant to attend the INPUT Television Conference in Rotterdam Holland. Native American Public Television and SE-TV in South Carolina funded the entire excursion to INPUT. Skorodin also attended the 20002 Sundance Producer’s conference funded by a selective Sundance grant. Skorodin works extensively in the Native American community of Los Angeles. In addition to his commissioner position with the Native American Commission of the City/County of Los Angeles, Skorodin founded a film festival, a film workshop program, and a scholarship fund. Skorodin also works closely with artistic organizations outside of his immediate locale. He is a board member of the Cherokee International Film Festival in Oklahoma and of the Weeneebeg Film Festival in Canada. Skorodin has instructed many youth filmmaking workshops. His most recent was on the M’Chigeeng Ojibwe Reserve in Ontario, Canada sponsored by the Weengushk Film Institute. Skorodin has taught at many reservations in California, Oklahoma and Canada. He will be teaching again in October at the Cherokee International Film Festival.