Ryan Abramson (Spokane Tribe of Indians)

I am Ryan Abrahamson, son of Mary and Howard of the Spokane Tribe. I was born on my reservation, and I was raised around the pow-wow drum; singing, dancing, fighting and creating. At an early age, I understood the written word, recorded sound and moving loud images to be the ultimate forms of idea communication… Read more »


The 2021 NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, National Endowment for the Arts, the Cherokee Nation Film Office, and A+E Network, is now open. The program will select five Native American writers to be part of this year’s lab. The lab is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and… Read more »

Noah Watts

Noah Watts is an enrolled member of The Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Blackfeet nation. He was born in Livingston, Montana, and grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  At the age of 17, while a senior in high school, Noah’s first professional audition landed him a role in the film The Slaughter Rule. After… Read more »

Shayna Jackson

Shayna Jackson is an actor and musician from the M’dewakanton Dakota tribe. In November 2020, Shayna performed in the groundbreaking virtual production of THE SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY with PERSEVERANCE THEATRE. Shayna also portrayed the lead role in the world premier of SAND MOON at SON OF SEMELE ENSEMBLE in Los Angeles, CA. Other credits… Read more »

Q’Orianka Kilcher

At age of 14, Q’orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors for her portrayal of Pocahontas in Terrence Malick’s Oscar nominated film “THE NEW WORLD”, opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. Her performance won the National Board of Review’s best breakthrough performance and the Alma Award for best Latin American actress in… Read more »

Kalani Queypo

Kalani Queypo is a founding member of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native American Committee and serves on the Advisory Council for Native Voices Theater at the Autry. Kalani is an award winning screenwriter for Ancestor Eyes, which he later produced and directed. This short film went on to play at nearly 40 festivals and won 14 awards…. Read more »

Native Americans in Animation Panel

On Thursday November 19th 5p PT,  Native American writers, artists and actors join a panel discussion to share their experience in television animation. Panelists will discuss their backgrounds, their work experience and their creative path to working on current animated series. This event is sponsored by ASIFA-Hollwyood and is free to attend. Registration now for… Read more »

Native American Audition Workshop and Actors Panel

On November 19th, 2020 2p (PST), the LA Skins Fest hosts a free Actors Panel and Audition Workshop sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Film Office and NBCUniversal. Casting executives from NBC and veteran Native American actor, Amber Midthunder, will provide insight into breaking into the acting industry, maintaining an acting a career and building on… Read more »

9th Annual Native Writers Pitch Fest and Stage Reading

The LA SKINS FEST hosts the 9th Annual Native Writers Pitch Fest, sponsored by Spectrum and the Cherokee Nation Film Office. The pitch fest allows Native American writers to pitch their scripts, projects and themselves to several network and studio development executives,  as well as managers, and agents. The pitch fest will consist of four… Read more »