DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo – 2020 Featured Artist

DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo & Diné) DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo is a Taos Pueblo and Diné contemporary 2D artist. She grew up on the tribal lands of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Today, DeAnna is attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is studying studio arts with… Read more »

Craig George – 2019 LA SKINS FEST Artist

Navajo artist Craig George is one of those artists whose work, in our humble opinion, people will regret not collecting earlier. He grew up in Los Angeles and a few years ago began to re-establish roots on the Navajo Reservation, not far from Blue Gap, Arizona. He works exclusively in oil. In addition to amazing… Read more »

Inaugural Hollywood Pow Wow

The LA SKINS FEST held its first inaugural Hollywood Pow Wow in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.The Pow Wow took place Saturday November 17th, 2018. The event featured traditional singing, dancing and youth performances from numerous tribes around the country. This was part of the 12th Annual LA SKINS FEST – A Native American film festival – that… 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 »


November 14th, 2017 — The 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST opened with the 6th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS PITCH WORKSHOP. Native writers met with showrunners and pitched to creative executives, agents, managers and writing consultants. The first portion of the workshop was an introduction to pitching. Our guest speaker was Mike Royce (Netflix showrunner for… Read more »


November 15th, 2017 — Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program collaborated with us to celebrate and host our opening night for Native American filmmakers, Native American TV Lab alumni, and Sundance NativeLab Fellows. We also took the opportunity to thank our network, studio, tribal and municipal sponsors for supporting the LA SKINS FEST…. Read more »


Thursday November 16th — The SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee as part of LA Skins Fest hosted a panel called The Business of Acting:  The Landscape of Native American Casting– a free casting panel and interactive workshop. This casting panel and workshop was dedicated to Native American actors seeking to gain insight into auditioning, performing… Read more »


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… Read more »


Saturday — November 18, 2017 9p at Cinematic Picture Group in Hollywood, CA the LA SKINS FEST held the 5th ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MEDIA AWARDS CEREMONY. Filmmakers from across Indian country were honored for their great achievements in Native American cinema. “Thank you, LA SKINS FEST. I am blessed and lucky to have received the… Read more »

Saturday Nov 18th Film Screenings

Saturday Nov 18th  — The 11th Annual LA SKINS FEST weekend screenings continued at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Our Saturday, November 18th film programs highlighted Native Women Directors from Canada and the US. The films range from Native American youth activism, cultural rehabilitation, and the disappearance of Native American women across North America…. Read more »