16th Annual LASF SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 15

  • Opening Night Industry Mixer November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sony Pictures Studios Culver City, CA 90232 United States + Google Map Sony Pictures Entertainment and Decolonizing Wealth Project present the 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST Opening Night Industry Mixer. Invited festival guests can enjoy music, food and drinks at Sony Studios new John Singleton Theater! The LA SKINS FEST will celebrate Native American filmmakers, writers, actors, artists and community leaders at the historic movie and television... Read more » See Details
  • Opening Night Industry Mixer Recap November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sony Pictures Studios Culver City, CA 90232 United States + Google Map Sony Pictures Entertainment and Decolonizing Wealth Project presented the 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST Opening Night Industry Mixer. Invited festival guests enjoyed music, food and drinks at Sony Studios new John Singleton Theater! The LA SKINS FEST celebrated Native American filmmakers, writers, actors, artists and community leaders at the historic movie and television studio in... Read more » See Details

Wednesday, November 16

  • 11th Annual Native American Writers Pitch Fest and Original Content Panel November 16 Native American Virtual Pitch Fest is an online speed pitching workshop for fellows of our year long writers programs. This event is a culmination of our 8-week TV Writers Lab and 10-week Feature Film Writers Lab. This year, the pitch fest is virtual and divided into numerous segments to address the growing demand for Native... Read more » See Details
  • Native Writers Recognition Event Recap November 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Starz Entertainment 1647 Stewart St
    Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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    The LA SKINS FEST partnered with Lionsgate to celebrate the incredible achievements of this year’s Native American Media Alliance fellows including participants of the annual writers labs, unscripted workshop and animation initiatives. Recipients of the 2022 Native American Writer Accelerator Grant were presented with this year’s award. This grant is a $10,000 unrestricted cash award... Read more » See Details
  • Native Writers Recognition Event November 16 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm The LA SKINS FEST partners with Lionsgate to celebrate the incredible achievements of this year’s Native American Media Alliance fellows including participants of the annual writers labs, unscripted workshop and animation initiatives. Grant recipients of the 2022 Native American Writer Accelerator Grant will also be presented to selected Native American writers. This grant is a $10,000 unrestricted... Read more » See Details

Thursday, November 17

  • Native Actors Panel and Audition Workshop November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST hosts its yearly workshop for Native American Actors. This year’s program is virtual and will feature casting personnel from Amazon, NBC and casting director Angelique Midthunder. They will discuss best practices for auditioning, breaking into the industry and maintaining your career as an actor. Registration Available Now! Click here... Read more » See Details
  • Native Filmmaker Reception at Yahoo November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Yahoo partners with he LA SKINS FEST to honor the many filmmakers showcasing their work at this year’s festival. In 2022, we are screening over 65 films and will host over a hundred filmmakers, actors, writers and producers. This event is an opportunity for attending filmmakers to celebrate their success, immerse themselves in the LA... Read more » See Details
  • Native Filmmaker Reception at Yahoo Recap November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Yahoo Inc 11975 Bluff Creek Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90094 United States
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    Yahoo partnered with the LA SKINS FEST to honor the many filmmakers showcasing their work at this year’s festival. In 2022, the LA SKINS FEST screened over 65 films and hosted over hundreds of filmmakers, actors, writers and producers. Attending filmmakers celebrated their success, were immersed in the LA SKINS FEST and NAMA community, and... Read more » See Details

Friday, November 18

  • Native Youth Media Weekend November 18 @ 11:00 am - November 20 @ 5:00 pm The LA SKINS FEST has launched the 2022 Native Youth Multimedia Weekend. We have returned with studios tours, film workshops and the Hollywood Pow Wow. Check out the activities we are offering this year! Friday November 18th, invited Native youth participants tour Sony Pictures movie lot. Invited Participants will learn about film and television history,... Read more » See Details

7:30P : Opening Night Films

  • Screening Cotanka Calling November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    A would be couple have an instant connection and live out their love story in two different time lines or two different life times. The environment around them will play a factor in their ability to connect. See Details
  • Screening Ellay November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Ellay is a short about how expensive it is to be poor. A day in the life of Aidan Alvarez shows how difficult juggling multiple aspects of life can be. It depicts the complexity of love and what it means to truly be there for someone even when the payoff isn’t what you expect. From... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Stripper November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    When 13-year-old Cricket walks past the local strip club with his friends, nothing can prepare him for who they see walking into work: his mom. With rumors starting to spread, Cricket must take matters into his own hands to clear his mom’s name and prove that she isn’t a stripper. See Details
  • Screening Commodity November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Commodity is a Modern Native American folktale about one man’s trials and tribulation to get an indian taco. See Details
  • Screening Seeds November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Without parents to guide them, Loretta and Raven reflect on the love their parents modeled and the grief of their loss. While one finds catharsis in their mother’s old VHS camera the other struggles with a potential pregnancy. See Details
  • Screening The Original Shareholder Experience November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    THE ORIGINAL SHAREHOLDER EXPERIENCE is a short satire-thriller set in the high-elevation boardrooms of corporate conglomerate THE FREEDOM COMPANY, following true-believer REBECCA, an Indigenous telepresenter nearing the top of her class through selling “authentic” Native memorabilia to her audience on her show, a mix between QVC, Mad Money, and The History Channel. See Details
  • Opening Screening After Party November 18 @ 10:00 pm - November 19 @ 12:00 am Hard Rock Cafe 6801 Hollywood Blvd Suite 105
    Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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    The LA SKINS FEST hosts a night with Native musicians at the Hard Rock in Hollywood! We celebrate our opening showcase of indigenous cinema with a special event at the iconic party place in the heart of the entertainment industry. The Native community and festival-goers will enjoy a special collection of indigenous musicians provided by... Read more » See Details

Saturday, November 19

11AM: Native Youth Short Films

  • Screening The Giant Wave November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    During summer camp, a group of youth must figure out a way to survive the tsunami that threatens to hit the island they are trapped on. See Details
  • Screening House After November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    House After is an Indigenous story that takes place in the 1940s in the middle of the second world war in a cabin on the west coast of Canada. We follow a grieving widow and her child as they experience the duality of living an Indigenous life and the pressures of conformity from the church.... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Call’s Whisper November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    A young half Cree, Half Korean girl learning about her Indigenous half has to fend off the Trickster spirit through the power of smudging or lose her father forever. See Details
  • Screening Adventures to Green Space November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Two siblings find new friends & an adventure to green space in an urban setting, by way of public transportation. A Red Eagle Soaring Short Film Production. (Run time: 6:28) Thank you sponsors: SDOT (Seattle Dept. of Transportation); Sky Bear Media; Suquamish Tribe; United Way of King County. Mentors are RES Alumni – YTT Urban... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Nightcap November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    A zealous daughter tries to convince her apathetic mother that Bigfoot is real. See Details
  • Screening Tough Love November 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Sonny (Anthony Hernandez) is a middle aged karate sensei struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. His two star pupils, Malaki and Monty have been learning from him since they were 8 years old. The now teenage boys are loyal to Sonny but beginning to wonder if their time under his direction is needed anymore. When... Read more » See Details

1P: Native Animation Films

3P: Short Documentary Program 1

  • Screening Relentless: The MHA Nation’s Battle Against The Opioid Epidemic Part I November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Relentless is a short documentary about the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nations battle against the opioid epidemic on their reservation. Episode I, covers the tribal nations leadership approach to addressing this devastating issue within their boundaries in North Dakota. See Details
  • Screening Little Shots of Horror November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm In a follow-up of sorts to his award-winning short film “Unboxed: The Art of Action Figure Photography”, Native American indie filmmaker and action figure photographer Mike J. Marin showcases and discusses some of his most iconic horror action figure photography shots in this unique short documentary. See Details
  • Screening Dues November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Bobbie Willson aka “DUES” is Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota before the journey of Creating the hit T.V. Show “FX Reservation Dogs”, & a founding member of the 1491s Indian Sketch Comedy Group he still stays connected to his original passion for Graffiti street art. Michael R.L. Begay’s Documentary follows street Artist Dues through his one-month residency in... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Why Do Navajo Men Have Long Hair? November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    One significant way that Navajo men and women celebrate our culture is by the way we wear and take care of our hair. To tribal individuals, hair is considered a core part of who we are as people and how our hair represents us and our ancestors. In this short film, listen to Navajo Cultural... Read more » See Details

5P: Shorts Program 2

7P: Feature Documentary Film

  • Screening Lakota Nation vs. United States November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Lakota Nation vs. the United States chronicles the Lakota Indians’ quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to Indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the... Read more » See Details
  • Saturday Night After Party November 19 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm The LA SKINS FEST hosts the Saturday Night After Party at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood! It’s a night to celebrate the incredible achievement of LAKOTA NATION VS UNITED STATES and enjoy a great time with filmmakers, fellows and festival-goers. Catering, open bar and bowling for all invited and ticketed guests. 21 and over. When... Read more » See Details

Sunday, November 20

  • 4th Annual Hollywood Pow Wow November 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm OVATION HOLLYWOOD 6801 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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    The LA SKINS FEST will host the 4th Annual Hollywood Pow Wow at the newly constructed courtyard at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. The Pow Wow takes place Sunday November 20th, 2022 starting at 9am. The event will feature traditional singing, dancing and youth performances from numerous tribes around the country. Located at the Hollywood... Read more » See Details

10A: Documentaries 2

  • Screening Wind River: Full Court Peace November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    The Wind River Reservation is home to 27,000 Native Americans. The reservation is filled with a passion for basketball. In an effort to learn, create shared experiences and work on the basketball court restoration on the reservation, Mike Evans and his FCP team travel to Wyoming. See Details
  • Screening Savage / Future November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Editing to the soundscape of shaking Iroquois white corn and tapping, Seneca filmmaker Terry Jones uses personal and historic still images to link his family and the American Indian Boarding School experience. See Details
  • Screening Founders November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Under the leadership of its first and only president, Sinte Gleska University on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation has been a model for Indian-controlled education for 50 years, paving the way for other tribal colleges with a series of historic accomplishments and an eye towards continued innovation. See Details
  • Screening She Still Walks Among Us November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and retired firefighter Royce Manuel (Akimel Aw-thum) revitalized the lost art of the Kia-ha (burden basket). A once necessary tool woven by men and carried by the women to transfer materials and goods for trade. With this revitalization, he dedicated his life to the education of arts, culture and... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Our Quiyo: Maria Martinez November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Maria “Povika” Martinez left behind an exceptional legacy built through her artistic application and reintroduction of “black-on-black” pottery, still practiced today by her tribal community of San Ildefonso Pueblo located in northern New Mexico. Her influence on the art world left a lasting impression across many borders, but she is much more than a world-renowned... Read more » See Details

12P: Short Documentaries 3

2P: Shorts Program 3

4P: Short Documentaries 4

6P: Shorts Program 4

  • Screening Ladies & Gentlemen November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    After a devastating breakup with his husband, Mike’s life seems like it’s over. But after an awkward olive branch from his ride-share driver, Mike decides to take a leap and enter a new world of insanity. See Details
  • Screening Rose November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Rose is the story of a sixteen-year-old pregnant Indigenous girl, pulled from her community and placed in a church to be overseen in her last weeks of pregnancy. When she delivers her child, it will be taken from her and put into a Canadian home by decree of an Indian Agent, Angus O’Byrne. Rose harbours... Read more » See Details
  • Screening MisTik November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MisTik follows Cree twins who carry the last of the healthy trees on their backs in hopes of saving the world they once knew. See Details
  • Screening The Fire November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Colin & Marie are mourning the loss of their father/husband Bruce, but tonight he comes to visit Colin in a dream with an important message. See Details
  • Screening Rude Girl November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm TCL Chinese Theatre #6 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
    Hollywood, 90028
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    Set in current day Albuquerque, OAKLYNN journeys on a magical realism rollercoaster ride through the harsh realities of the city and an Indian reservation. She is broken from internal doubts and self identity as a teenager born into a Native American and Caucasian world. Her GRANDPA LEE, stern and in-tuned with his spiritual sense appears... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Call me Snake November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm On a rainy night, Claire discovers why her high school crush Tony’s nickname is The Snake. See Details
  • Screening Shiwi-verse November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm When most people think of Native Americans they usually think of the stereotypes that Hollywood has created from a Colonial perspective. Fortunately there’s an alternate universe where Native Americans have not only retained control of our lands but where a pair of Zuni film makers are casting for a special project. They need a “diversity... Read more » See Details

8:30P: Closing Night Program

  • Screening The Girl Scout Murders November 20 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Faith’s attempts to get law enforcement to look at her evidence get a major boost with a US Supreme Court decision, and a new review of the Girl Scout Murders is set to begin. Her goal is achieved, but she finds that her journey into this tragedy is far from over when she is contacted... Read more » See Details
  • Closing Night Reception November 20 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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    Celebrate another year of incredible events poolside at the incredible Roosevelt Hotel! The closing night reception takes place immediately following the final screening and filmmaker Q&A. This event will toast the culminating film of the festival and provide all of the filmmakers, artists and LA SKINS FEST fans an opportunity to celebrate the cinematic achievements... Read more » See Details