John Timothy

John Timothy (Muscogee/Creek) is a Brooklyn-based writer and comedian.  He teaches and performs at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York where you can see him every Saturday night with his team, The Curfew. With his writing partner Patrick Mahoney, he co-wrote “The Third Party”, a mockumentary feature comedy about third party presidential candidates in… Read more »

Carolina Hoyos

CAROLINA HOYOS is a first generation Peruvian Quechua-Inca Afro-Latina. Born in Washington, DC, and raised between the quiet suburbs of Virginia and the gritty streets of Baltimore, Carolina has also lived in NYC, San Francisco and Montgomery, Alabama, before making LA her home. She splits time between writing and acting for stage and film as well as releasing records… Read more »

William Paul Smith

William Paul Smith is an Eastern Shoshone actor, writer and filmmaker. Smith earned a BFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the School of the Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and attended Columbia University’s MFA Film Directing Program. In 2017, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)…. Read more »

Native American Writers Room Wrap Up

The Native American Writers Room concluded with a staged reading at Netflix in Hollywood. Native American actors performed episodes from the new comedy series written by eight Native American writers. It was a great showcase of Native talent for studios, networks, talent representation and the community.   The Native Writers Room is a project of… Read more »

4th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Call for Entries

The 4th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for submissions is now open. The lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, HBO and Kung Fu Monkey Productions. The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is a five week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks.  The  lab takes place… Read more »

2019 European Film Market

The LA SKINS FEST Heads to the European Film Market! LA SKINS FEST Executive Directors, Ian Skorodin and Patricia Gomes, have been invited to the 2019 European Film Market in Berlin, Germany by the Sardinian Film Commission. A new feature script, written in the LA SKINS FEST 2018 Native American Feature Film Writers Lab, has… Read more »

Anthony Florez

Anthony Florez is a Native American (Paiute) writer, filmmaker, and U.S. Navy veteran from Reno, Nevada.  Anthony is currently a first year student at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing program.  In 2018 Anthony was one of eight writers selected for the 21st Century Fox Studios TV writing lab and his documentary film… Read more »

Joey Clift

Joey Clift is a writer and enrolled Cowlitz Tribal Member who has written on shows for Cartoon Network and DreamWorks. His animated short Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not Native Is A Lot Like Telling A Bear You’re A Bear When You’re Not A Bear screened at LA Skins Fest 2018.

Jade Puga

Writer/actress Jade Puga (Guachichil, Huastec, Lipan Apache) attended USC. Jade is an alumni of the 2018 LA SKINS Native American TV Writer’s Lab. With partner Richard Montes, their screenplays were in the top 10% of the 2018 Nicholl Fellowship,reader recommended/trending on The BlackList, semifinalists for: CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Sundance Screenwriting Labs and Macro Episodic… Read more »

Tom Hanada

Tom Hanada is a screenwriter and novelist who specializes in the thriller and horror genres. In 2017 Tom was brought on to adapt Stephen King’s short story Morality into a feature film screenplay, with Isaac Ezban attached to direct. Also in 2017, Tom sold the pilot for his serial killer 1-hr drama, Psychopath, to Astronauts… Read more »