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Native American and Indigenous Short Film Showcase

August 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices, and LA SKINS FEST Present

Native American and Indigenous
Short Film Showcase

Followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 29th, 2024

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



USC’s University Park Campus has limited entry points. If arriving by car, via public transit or on foot, entry is available at: McCarthy Way and Figueroa Street (24/7); McClintock Street and Jefferson Boulevard (24/7); and Watt Way and Exposition Boulevard (6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays). Additionally, pedestrians and vehicles with reserved parking on Childs Way can enter at Exposition Boulevard and Pardee Way (6 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays).

About the Films

Woman Who Blooms at Night (Directed by Casse Kihúut, Written by Camaray Davalos, 26 min.)
Eve, a young Native woman disconnected from her tribe and longing for more than the confines of her home and her abusive boyfriend, decides to volunteer at her tribe’s cultural center, where she realizes she is already full of power.

Four Nights and a Fire (Written and Directed by Alex Nystrom, 13 min.)
Robert, a young Ojibwe man, prepares for a sacred fire ceremony in the woods where his father used to hunt, desperate to feel close to him one last time.

River Bank (P?-Kehgeh) (Written and Directed by Charine Pilar Gonzales, 13 min.)
A Tewa woman struggles with guilt after stealing money from a local business. Her grandmother takes her to the River to remind her of Tewa values. The Tewa woman blesses herself with River water, and the River becomes her guide.

Camping (Written and Directed by Derek Quick, 9 min.)
Emma, an African American working homeless mother, and her 7-year-old daughter Gia live in their van. Struggling to make ends meet as a rideshare driver, Emma finds herself parked in a dangerous lot where she receives terrible news, and they face their biggest challenge of the night.

My Brother (Written and Directed by Misa Tupou, 8 min.)
Stunning Hawai’i frames this touching drama about a Tongan and Samoan brother and sister at rugby practice. Recovering from a recent injury and rejected from yet another university, Alofa is ready to give up. Meanwhile, her brother Malu races against time to encourage his sister and pass on life lessons before it’s too late.

Liberty of Jewels (Written and Directed by Keanu Jones, 13 min.)
Gilbert Etsitty is a financially strained Navajo father who works as a clerk for Jeff’s Trading Post in Gallup, New Mexico. Tested by Jeff, his manipulative boss, Gilbert struggles to gain autonomy for the sake of his relationship with his daughter.

Butterfly/Bataplai (Written, Produced, and Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth, 8 min.)
Raya loves makeup but her family does not. Torn between her secret dream of becoming a makeup artist and her family’s strict religious beliefs, she receives a profound message from a Papua New Guinean ancestor who encourages her to look at her Indigenous culture for answers.


The Festival is an initiative of the Native American non-profit the Barcid Foundation and aims to showcase the rising talent in Native American filmmaking. This year the LA SKINS FEST is expanding the screening series to accommodate the growing talent in Indian Country.

The prestigious LA SKINS FEST ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. The LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for Indian Country’s most talked about films. Founded in 2007, the Los Angeles Skins Fest, presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, is a 6-day multicultural event celebrating the art of film, TV and new media. The Los Angeles Skins Fest’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule consists of dozens of filmmakers presenting their newest works, special artist development programs, tributes to community leaders, special events, and remarkable films. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.


Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Accessibility Needs

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Alessandro Ago, Director of Programming and Special Projects, at [email protected] or 213-740-2330. It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least seven days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.


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This program is generously sponsored by
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August 29
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


USC Ray Stark Family Theatre (SCA)
900 W 34th St #108
Los Angeles, 90089 United States
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