On Friday November 13th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST opened the film festival with the Horror Film Wind Walkers and the award winning short #Nightslikethese. Director Russell Friedenberg, Producers Heather Rae and Dori Sperko, and actors Rudy Youngblood and Tsulan Cooper joined the Q&A to discuss the making of Wind Walkers. Director Amber Midthunder also… Read more »

Industry Panel for Native American Actors

On Thursday November 12th, the 9th Annual LA SKINS FEST hosted an industry panel for Native American Actors. NBCUniversal casting personnel and independent casting directors discussed the professional side of acting in film and television. Native American actors inquired about new opportunities for diverse actors, what they can do to take advantage of them and… Read more »

Skins Writers Workshop

On Wednesday November 11th 2015, Native American writers participated in an intensive workshop sponsored by NBC,  ABC, CBS, BET, HBO and Sony Pictures. Native writers received guidance on pitching their projects from BET development executive, Donna Michelle Anderson, and then pitched to NBC, CBS, ABC, managers, agents, and independent producers. Film Independent joined the writers for dinner… Read more »

Native Youth Media Tour

On November 13th, 2015, the LA SKINS FEST conducted its annual studio and network tour for Native Youth. In the morning, youth and tribal councilmen from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay went on a walking tour of the historic Culver Studios, visited sound stages, and walked on the set of the LAST SHIP (TNT/Michael Bay)…. Read more »


SKINS WRITERS GROUP takes place Saturday December 12th.2015 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 contact@laskinsfest.com.

August 2015 Skins Writers Group

SKINS WRITERS GROUP continued August 29th, 2015 at CBS STUDIOS in Studio City, California. Thanks to the writers Jeanette Harrison and Joseph Montague III for their great scripts. And thanks to the actors Adam Reeser, Rainy Fields, Paige Sturges, Ross Crain, Nicole Starrett, Noah Watts, Matthew Stumphy, Carolina Hoyos, andShishonia Livingston for their awesome talents…. Read more »


The NATIVE YOUTH FILM WORKSHOP includes two workshops that offer insight into multimedia. Our first workshop is focused on filmmaking and instructs the youth participants in camera operation, directing, editing, and music composition. The second workshop is an acting seminar taught by Native American actor. This workshop will discuss drama techniques, proper auditioning, and the business… Read more »

LA SKINS FEST Youth Media Tour

We expanded our youth initiatives to include the YOUTH MEDIA TOUR. This is a career development component designed to encourage Native American youth to explore employment in the entertainment industry and seek higher education. These professional visits include presentations from corporate staff that encourage the participating youth to pursue careers in film, television and media. This program entails Native American… Read more »

Industry Panel for Native Actors

During the LA SKINS Film Festival, we will be hosting a panel of working industry professionals that include casting agents,casting directors and talent representation. This is designed to offer genuine advice and career building information for Native American actors. The panelists will discuss their career, what they look for in new talent, and how to… Read more »

LA SKINS FEST Native Writers Workshop

The 2015 NOVEMBER WRITERS WORKSHOP is the final component of a year long Writers Workshop Series. This is an introductory scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for television and film writing careers. The Writers Workshops were formed in accordance with the L.A. Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans… Read more »