Jason Turner

Jason Turner is an accomplished filmmaker, producer, editor, and director. A music video he shot and directed won the Art at Work award in 2013 from the Arts Council of Kansas City (ArtsKC). Many of his films have screened at film festivals. His motion comic, The Iron Detective: Sentinel, won the Achievement in Animation award… Read more »

Steve Encell

 I have trained in traditional Native American lore and shamanism since I can remember. After a couple of years of Agricultural Business at Cal Poly I realized that the Native elders I knew were disappearing and soon they would be gone forever. Because of this I decided to study with several medicine men and leaders… Read more »

Pasquale Encell

After completing my freshman year of college, my partner, Steve, who is also my father, and I started a small animation team in Thailand. We quickly discovered our love of filmmaking and animation . We worked quickly and have since produced several shorts and two animated feature films since our humble beginnings. We focused on… Read more »

Jeanette Harrison

Jeanette Harrison is a director, writer, actor, and producer, who has spent most of her career in theater. For television, she co-wrote with Sharmila Devar a half-hour comedy about family and cultural identity, FEATHERS AND DOTS, DOTS AND FEATHERS. She created and was Head Writer for the webseries The Breakdown (3 seasons); and was a… Read more »

Chag Lowry

Chag Lowry is of Yurok, Maidu, and Achumawi ancestry from northern California.  He is an author, filmmaker, and educator.  His most recent publication is the graphic novel titled Soldiers Unknown with art by Rahsan Ekedal.  This book was published by Great Oak Press and focuses on the Yurok Native American military experience in World War One.  Mr…. Read more »

Ben-Alex Dupris

Ben-Alex Dupris is Mnicoujou Lakota, and also an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes where he grew up. Dupris creates work that pushes the boundaries of modernity and traditionalism in hopes of changing perspectives of Indigenous concepts without censorship. His directorial debut “Sweetheart Dancers” won Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film at Outfest… Read more »

Celebrate Natives in Film, TV, and New Media Award Ceremony Recap

The 13th Annual LA SKINS FEST celebrated the annual Native American Media Awards, with hosts by the world renowned Q’orianka Kilcher and Kiowa Gordon, at the iconic Hard Rock in Hollywood. Since 2013, the LA SKINS FEST has honored talented, innovative and outstanding Native American artists who have shown a unique and strong voice in… Read more »


The LA SKINS FEST has expanded the Native Youth Multimedia Weekend. We have added more activities for youth participants visiting from Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Check out the activities we are offering this year! Thursday Nov 21st, we tour the set of ABC’s Stumptown starring renowned actress Tantoo Cardinal. (Invitation Only) Thursday night, we have… Read more »

Native American Actors Panel – Recap

The LA Skins Fest hosted a free panel discussion with several prestigious Native American actors. The panel focus on the auditioning process, breaking into the industry and gaining talent representation. Panelists include Tantoo Cardinal, Zahn McClarnon, Sivan Alyra Rose, Amber Midthunder and Martin Sensmeier. The panel was moderated by Cara Jade Myers. The Native American… Read more »

8th Annual Pitch Fest and Staged Reading

We will conduct the 8th Annual Native Writers Pitch Fest during the LA SKINS FEST. The pitch fest allows Native American writers to pitch their scripts, projects and themselves to several network and studio development executives, managers, and agents. The pitch fest will consist of three components that enhance the participant’s writing career. The first… Read more »