Joseph Clift

Joseph Clift (Cowlitz Indian Tribe) is a comedy writer and all around cool dude living in Los Angeles. He has written for shows on DreamWorks TV, Cartoon Network, SyFy, truTV, National Geographic Wild, The Nerdist, and Maker Studios. His sketches were featured on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, Funny or Die, UCB Comedy, The A.V. Club and elsewhere…. Read more »

Native Youth Multimedia Workshop

The Native Youth Multimedia Workshop wrapped its first workshop of the year at the Morongo TANF in Banning, CA. The workshop took place from February 17-19th, 2016 and taught camera operation, digital editing, music composition, writing, directing and acting. The video pieces ranged from horror to documentary. We look forward to screening their films at… Read more »


The LA SKINS FEST offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and our community of artists. After eight years, we have garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes. Every year, we premier several Native-made movies that feature Q&A’s with Native American filmmakers, panel discussions with… Read more »

2016 Call for Entries

The Los Angeles Skins Festival (LA SKINS FEST) is now accepting film submissions for its 10th annual film festival to be held November 15-20th, 2016.  LA SKINS FEST annually showcases works by independent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival helps filmmakers show their… Read more »


SKINS WRITERS GROUP takes place Saturday January 23, 2016 at CBS STUDIOS The SKINS WRITERS GROUP is a monthly literary gathering that offers genuine career building opportunities to Native Americans. For more information or to participate, please email


On November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST premiered IN CIRCLES, preceded by the short film PRO ANA for our Saturday Night Movie. Filmmakers for both films attended the screening and participated in a Q&A with the Los Angeles Native community. Special thanks to NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CBS, HBO, Sony Pictures,… Read more »

Short Narrative and Documentary Series – 9th Annual LA SKINS FEST

On Saturday November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST screened several great documentaries and short films during our afternoon and evening programs. Filmmakers Benalex Dupris, Doreen Manuel, Boise Esquerra, Terry Jones, Adam Reeser, Jim Warne, and several others spoke with the audience during the Q&A following their screening. Special thanks to NBCUniversal, San Manuel Band… Read more »

Youth Multimedia Film Program

On Saturday November 14th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST screened films from our summer youth multimedia program. Every summer, we travel to Native communities and train youth in multimedia. The participating youth produce several films that range from documentary to comedy to animation. Youth from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay presented their films from the… Read more »