Sheila Chalakee

Sheila Chalakee, a citizen of Muscogee-Creek Nation, is a comedian and writer whose work has been seen on PBS, WEtv, E! Network, Univision, FNX, and most recently, Amazon Prime. Her collaborations with BuzzFeed, YouTube, and Google garnered over hundreds of millions of views collectively leading to positive press regarding Native issues from The Huffington Post,… Read more »

Emma Barrow

Sugar on the surface, strong on the inside, Emma finds a dance floor everywhere… even the grocery store aisle. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Emma moved to Los Angeles for college where she attended California Institute of the arts and received her BFA in Acting. She’s been writing since she was small: first picture books then… Read more »

Doane Tulugaq Avery

Doane Tulugaq Avery is a filmmaker whose stories focus on feminine, queer, and Indigenous character-driven narratives that seek to blend cinematic realism with surreal and musical moments. She was the recipient of the LA Skins Fest Emerging Filmmaker Award, and the imagineNATIVE Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Talent. Her short films have also screened at… Read more »

Native American Showrunner Program

     The Native American Showrunner program is a new endeavor designed to address the lack of Native American executive producers in television. This is an intensive program designed to give experienced Native American writers an opportunity to gain new skills and elevate their opportunities in the television writing industry.      This program will… Read more »

2019 NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB

“As part of our mission to support underrepresented and emerging filmmakers, FilmLA is proud to support this initiative for Native American writers. Expanding the reach of underrepresented communities not only vastly broadens the entertainment library for all of us, it also greatly increases our knowledge and understanding of the greater American community,” announced Paul Audley,… Read more »

5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Call for Applications – Now Closed

The 5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for applications is now closed. The lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Kung Fu Monkey Productions and Snowpants Productions. The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is a five week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers… Read more »

Native American Youth Animation Workshop – Recap

The Native American Youth Animation Workshop was a two day intensive workshop that offered Native American youth new opportunities in animation. This lab was designed to offer genuine access for Native Americans interested in learning and entering the field of animation. The LA SKINS FEST partnered with Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA and provided… Read more »

NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMATION LAB

The NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMATION LAB wrapped the first year! It was an incredible experience for the 8 fellows. Participants spent the week meeting with executives from Skydance Animation, Cartoon Network, Sugarshack Animation, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Universal Pictures, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, FOX Animation and Disney Animation. The animation lab culminated in a pitch panel… Read more »

Vladimir Perez

Vladimir Perez is a comedian from Brooklyn NY and is of Puerto Rican and Taino Indian decent. As an actor he can be seen in network sitcoms that include Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Unicorn and the upcoming Disney+ show Diary of a Female President. As a writer, Vlad was honored to be a… Read more »

Sierra Revis

Sierra Revis, Yuchi, is a Graphic Designer currently working for the Native-owned marketing agency, Buffalo Nickel Creative based in Pawhuska, OK. There she has designed posters, brochures, pamphlets, business cards, and stickers as well as digital assets like web banners, social media images, and PDF reports for a variety of Native American non-profit clients including… Read more »