The 2018 NATIVE YOUTH MEDIA WEEKEND took place Nov 16th –  Nov 18th, 2018 in Hollywood California. The program invited Native youth from Colorado, Utah, Washington, Northern and Southern California.  The extensive youth program encompassed the following activities during the festival:  Friday November 16th Native youth from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT), United Indian… Read more »

12th Annual LA SKINS FEST (Recap)

The LA SKINS FEST wrapped it’s 12th year with over 70 film screenings over the weekend. Several filmmakers attended and shared their filmmaking experience with the Los Angeles audience. Dozens of Native American filmmakers attended the screenings and participated in a Q&A following each screening program. The LA SKINS FEST screened films that showcased features,… Read more »

Amedeo D’Adamo

Amedeo D’Adamo currently teaches the 12-credit film directing and writing workshop at Universita Cattolica in Milan and Brescia. He was the original architect and then Scientific Director of the Apulia Film Commission’s E.U.-funded Feature Development Program Puglia Experience (2008 – 2011) and was the founding Dean and then President of the Los Angeles Film School,… Read more »

2018 LA Skins Fest Press Release

Los Angeles, CA, October 19th, 2018 – The LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL, announced today its full list of over 70 features and shorts that will be screened through the festival’s 6-day run and the first ever Hollywood Pow Wow (November 13th – 18th, 2018). “NBCUniversal embraces the power of diverse storytelling and… Read more »

Paola Mottura

Paola has recently joined the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) team to manage the Film Fund and all its activities. For over four years, Paola has managed non-fiction programs for the NY based non-profit IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), including the Documentary Labs and Spotlight On Documentaries, the non-fiction component of the IFP Project Forum. Prior to… Read more »

Shirley Sneve

Shirley Sneve directs Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit that empowers and engages Native People to tell stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of Native Americans through Public Broadcasting. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and… Read more »

Micah Wright

Micah Wright currently serves as the executive in charge of FNX, America’s only Native American broadcast television network.  He is a tribally enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the founder of the Writers Guild of America’s Native American Writers Committee where he served as elected Chair for six years. Micah has worked as a… Read more »

Celebrate Natives in Film, TV, and New Media Award Ceremony

The 12th Annual LA SKINS FEST held the 7th ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MEDIA AWARDS CEREMONY Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Paramount Network.  The annual ceremony was hosted by the world renowned Q’orianka Kilcher (The Alienist, Hostiles) and Kalani Queypo (Jamestown, Saints & Strangers). Local Native… Read more »

Native Americans in the Industry: Where We Are Today

As part of the film festival, the LA Skins Fest and SAG-AFTRA presented “Native Americans in the industry: Where We Are Today.” The panel discussion addressed the inclusion of Native Americans in film & television and featured casting director, Rene Haynes (The Revenant, Jamestown), professional actors Elizabeth Frances (The Son), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), and… Read more »

Opening Night Reception

Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program and Netflix presented the LA SKINS FEST opening night industry mixer held at the Netflix’s Headquarters two-story open air patio overseeing the Los Angeles cityscape. The festival celebrated Native American filmmakers, directors, writers, actors and community leaders. During this event, we took the opportunity to thank our… Read more »