The LA SKINS FEST is a Native American film festival that offers career development and professional opportunities. Since 2012, we have offered a monthly writers group for Native Americans. This is a literary gathering that takes place monthly to encourage the development of Native writers for television and film. Every month, we invite two Native American writers to hone… Read more »


In our tenth year, we are opening our film festival with the 3rd Annual NATIVE SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE Wednesday November 16th, 2016 hosted by the COMEDY CENTRAL STAGE in Los Angeles. This showcase was established in 2013 to highlight talented Native American actors and actresses who want to further their careers and desire more exposure… Read more »

Rene Haynes

Haynes got a early break in the movie business working for the 1987 film “The Untouchables.” She has done casting for successful films involving big-name directors and actors. Haynes has cast many Native Americans over the years, sometimes in major roles, such as Q’orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s highly regarded 2005 film, “The New… Read more »

Russell Boast

South African born, Russell Boast is a film and TV casting director. Alongside Rick Pagano (“X-Men”, “Alien”, “Hotel Rwanda”) and Debi Manwiller (TV’s “24”), he works at Pagano/Manwiller Casting. He has been working in casting since 2003. He is also a founding partner with Rick Pagano of Rock Propelled Ltd., a resource company for artists… Read more »

Sheri Foster Blake

SHERI FOSTER BLAKE* (Cherokee)  Originally from Texas, Sheri Foster has long been active in Los Angeles’s entertainment community.  Her theater experiences include the world premiere of Bill Yellow Robe’s The Independence of Eddie Rose, Death of a Miner, God of Vengeance, Maedchen in Uniform and touring with the Native American Theater Group’s Mystic Voices.  Her… Read more »

Noah Watts

  Noah Watts is a member of the Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Blackfeet nation. He was born in Livingston, Montana, and grew up in Bozeman, Montana. At the age of 17, while a senior in high school, Noah’s first professional audition landed him a role in the film The Slaughter Rule. After filming for The Slaughter Rule was complete, he… Read more »

Rainy Fields

Rainy Fields (Muskogee Creek, Cherokee) graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in theatre. Fields is also an ensemble member of Native Voices at the Autry and The Production Company. She co-hosts the podcast Hollywood NDNz. In her spare time, Fields studies improv at UCB.

Jason Grasl

Jason Grasl (Blackfeet) has performed at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. His stage credits include Cherokee, The Blame of Love (which he also wrote), Trophies, Sliver of a Full Moon, and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Film credits include Cassidy Red and Fantasy Football: The Movie. His TV credits include Hot in Cleveland and White Collar. Grasl is also a member of… Read more »

Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Before becoming an actor Shaun earned a BA in International Relations as a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware where here domestic violence charges dropped. He surprised his professors by continuing his studies in acting at RADA, the NY Public Theater, and Ron Burrus at the Art of Acting. Shaun can be seen… Read more »

Leandra Ryan

Leandra Ryan (Coahuiltecan) grew up training to be a professional ballerina.  When she was in high school, she realized that a career in ballet would be too unstable, and that she wouldn’t make any Bridge Payday money. To get instant cash for your financial needs, hop over to this site They offer guaranteed loan,… Read more »