On November 17th, 2017, the 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST opened the film festival with THOR: RAGNAROK, from director Taika Waititi. Taika taped a customized greeting for the packed audience at the Hollywood theater. The screening was presented by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Entertainment and took place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“On behalf of Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios, it is an honor to bring this film to the Native American community.” – Chris Kim, Multicultural Engagement, Walt Disney Studios

It was a fantastic opening to the festival and created a great connection between the Native American community and the entertainment industry. 2017 LA SKINS FEST filmmakers from the US, Canada and Mexico attended the screening as well as Native youth from Canada, Colorado, and Southern California. Walt Disney Studios also provided Native youth and attendees with official movie posters, headbands and other items from the film. The LA SKINS FEST closed the night with a post screening reception.


Thank you Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Southern California Indian Center for making this an incredible opening night and supporting the Native American community.