2016 Festival Schedule

Tuesday, November 15

  • 2016 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP November 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm FullScreen 12180 Millennium Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90094 United States
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    The 2016 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP was the final component of a year long Writers Lab. This was an intensive writing program that prepared Native Americans for television and film writing careers. The writers program was formed in accordance with the L.A. Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native... Read more » See Details

Wednesday, November 16

Thursday, November 17

Friday, November 18

Saturday, November 19

  • Screening What Was Ours November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm A young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a wise Shoshone elder to explore vanished artifacts kept in the archives of a museum. The three uncover ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years, setting each on a journey to recover their vanished objects, while discovering... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Soup For My Brother November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss. This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls. See Details
  • Screening Ohero:kon – Under the Husk November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm “Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” is a 26-min documentary following the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their passage rites ceremony to become women in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory located in upstate NY. See Details
  • Screening Skokomish to Quinault November 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Skokomish Tribal members embark on a 100 mile journey to the coast of Washington State. “Skokomish to Quinault” presents a unique look at preserving culture & custom in a modern age. Hikers battle fatigue, injuries and Bigfoot…? See Details
  • Screening Proud to Be Native November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Kumeyaay share why they are proud to be Native. See Details
  • Screening Taken November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A father will do anything to get his kidnapped child back. See Details
  • Screening Ace the Music Man November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Music is part of Ace’s identity. He discusses why he joined the Granite High Music Band and how it made his last year at school more enjoyable. See Details
  • Screening The Purge November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The world is going crazy. You cannot trust anyone! It is up to you to survive. See Details
  • Screening The Scare Show November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Follow Chance and Mook as they scare tribal employees. Who will be next? See Details
  • Screening Very Very Mean Ladies November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Being a new girl at school is always rough. The cool girls are just too cool to hang with you. See Details
  • Screening Viejas History November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Viejas youth share the origin of their Kumeyaay band name. See Details
  • Screening Wild ‘N’ Out November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm To be part of the Wild ‘N’ Out Show you got to have skillz! Watch Native youth compete with Raymond Te Sam hosting this fast paced comedy. See Details
  • Screening Fox 24 News November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Fox 24 reports the hard-hitting news on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation. See Details
  • Screening Killer Movie November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tribal employees at the CRIT reservation do not tolerate theft. When they say you must wear a bracelet to enter the resort pool, you better follow the rules or else… See Details
  • Screening River Monster November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Kids on the CRIT reservation have been disappearing and no one knows who or what is taking them. See Details
  • Screening Mohave History November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Youth from the Colorado River Indian Tribes share the history of the Mohave people. See Details
  • Screening Judge Joedy Luv November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Court case is heard and ruled on by Judge Joedy Luv. See Details
  • Screening Caucasian Activity November 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Paranormal activity is taking place at the Big Pine Indian Reservation! It is up to the youth to invistigate what is hunting the place and how to get rid of the activity. See Details
  • Screening The Oka Legacy November 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka, Quebec. Triggered by plans to expand a golf course on ancestral land, it was a standoff between the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake, the police and eventually the army. The Oka Crisis, which lasted 78 days and drew worldwide attention, had a... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Monster Slayer November 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm In this contemporary retelling of the Navajo story of the Hero Twins, teenagers Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie battle monsters raised by the mysterious Coyote with the help of their medicine man grandfather and metalhead uncle. Monster Slayer is a short film shot on location in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, featuring an all-Navajo cast,... Read more » See Details
  • Screening The Saver November 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm After being orphaned in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter, teenager Fern resolves to avoid her mother’s tragic fate – by becoming a millionaire.  “All you need to do is save,” according to the book How to become a Millionaire. So, with Youth Protection at her heels, she lies to get a job first as... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Waabooz November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Twelve year-old Rabbit spends most of his days, drawing, collecting comics, and avoiding the teasing of his peers. Insecure and shy, Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw Waabooz, a superhero that embodies his desired self; bold and unafraid. Through traditional storytelling, imagination and a little magic, Rabbit’s mysterious Grandfather helps... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Indian Giver November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Indian Giver is a comedic short about one man’s journey to winning his family back after being absent for 15 years. See Details
  • Screening The First Volunteers November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm The First Volunteers shows a diverse group of WWII pilots that first fought alongside Allies in the Pacific Theater, revealing the character of different men and women who are confronted by the realities of war. See Details
  • Screening H.A.M November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm In 1961,Peter, a 16 year old boy loves nothing more than listening to his favorite radio shows and reading a good book. While periodically finding himself intrigued by some of his father crazy gadgets, Bernie (Peter’s father) runs rampant around the house embellishing their home with so called inventions. Sheila, Bernie’s wife is absolutely fed up... Read more » See Details
  • Screening REZilience November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Serpent Lake Reserve has been forgotten. This indigenous community in Canada’s far north experiences a catastrophe that will decimate 90% of the population. A military experiment gone horribly wrong exposes centuries of genocide and corruption and unleashes a seemingly unstoppable evil. See Details
  • Screening Little Brother November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Ava George is brought into a nightmare dream world by her little brother and it is through spirit world Jesse George is able to communicate with his sister about his addiction. Pregily.com offers best pregnancy pillows, read reviews now. Pregnancy pillows are becoming a necessity for the expecting mother as it is essential to ensure... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Remains, Human November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm When reporter Jessica Hale interviews a mysterious man named Victor Merrick about the sighting of monsters in the city, her and her cameraman get more than they bargained for. See Details
  • Screening Field of Dreams November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm A young boy finds solace on the baseball field and the courage to bridge the widening gap with his father. See Details
  • Screening Spook November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm A student is studying taboo topics, and is warned not to mess with these things. Despite warnings, she continues researching and finds herself intertwined within that which she looked at from a distance. Based upon true stories and experiences from local elders, this story shares the chilling truth of many old-timers. See Details
  • Screening Thanks to Him November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Young girl learns a valuable lesson about judging people. See Details
  • Screening Mlad November 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Three homeless youth go to the movies and imagine a better life for themselves. See Details
  • Screening The Seventh Fire November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on... Read more » See Details
  • Screening After Party & Mixer November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 pm The LA SKINS FEST offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and our community of artists. After ten years, we have garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. On Saturday November 19th 10pm, we host an annual industry mixer for filmmakers, Native American leaders and the... Read more » See Details

Sunday, November 20

  • Screening Stolen November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm A young girl escapes from a foster home, only to  be picked up by a dangerous stranger. In Canada, there are over 1200 documented cases of missing and murdered Native American girls and women. This film shines light on the issue. See Details
  • Screening On The Farm November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm The film follows main character Nikki Taylor (Maija Tailfeathers), a sex worker who notices the disappearance of an alarming number of women. She teams up with a female police officer and a social worker to investigate. They face a slow-moving police department until the media takes notice and it becomes a national story. See Details
  • Screening Xalax Ti: House of the Red Lizard November 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm A local salmon fisherman discovers a petroglyph that supports an ancient oral tradition of a lizard monster that threatened the Native Quileute people of the Pacific Northwest centuries ago. This documents the tribe’s removal of the rock back to their care on their reservation and what this discovering means to them. See Details
  • Screening Promised Land November 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Little Folk of the Arctic November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Heaven’s Floor November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm A photographer chases adventure from Los Angeles to the Canadian Arctic and for the first time she finds herself on the line between life and death. Desperate for more meaning in her life, Julia, (Clea Duvall) meets a fearless expedition leader Jack, (Timothy V. Murphy) who convinces her to join a photographic journey to the Canadian... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Ogress of the Gravelbank November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Inuit oral history is filled with strange beings and supernatural creatures. One of these feared land spirits is the Ogress of the Gravelbank. This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair, and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits or animated corpses. This short vignette introduces... Read more » See Details
  • Screening The Owl and the Lemming November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided. This short puppet film... Read more » See Details
  • Screening Nemo Hádéést’íí November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nov 20 @ 5pm See Details
  • Screening LA SKINS FEST Award Ceremony November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm On Sunday November 20th, 2016,  the LA SKINS FEST held its annual award show to honor Native filmmakers, leaders and community members. The 2016 LA SKINS FEST AWARD WINNERS were: ON THE FARM Directed by Rachel Talalay Achievement in FilmmakingPresented by Comcast NBCUniversal MONSTER SLAYER Directed by Kjell Boersma Achievement in Short FilmmakingPresented by Streampix PROMISED LAND... Read more » See Details