The 14th Annual LA SKINS FEST, presented by COMCAST NBCUniversal, takes place November 17th – 22ND, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. The festival offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American artists. Every year, the LA SKINS FEST hosts the annual Native American Pitch Fest, Actors Panel and dozens of screenings of new indigenous films. After… Read more »

2nd Annual Virtual Native American Animation Lab – Applications Now Closed

The LA Skins Fest, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Animation, Cartoon Network, the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Women In Animation, is conducting the 2nd Native American Animation Lab. Applications are now closed. This is a multi-day virtual intensive that provides creative development of a current project, meetings with our corporate partners and… Read more »

2nd Annual Native American Writers Room

The 2nd Annual Native American Writers Room announces selections for the new Native American television series. This year’s room will develop an historical drama based on real events and buried atrocities within Native American communities. This is a project of the Barcid Foundation with the advanced goal of giving emerging Native American writers the opportunity… Read more »

William Jehu Garroutte

William Jehu Garroutte is an enrolled Citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He had an Army brat childhood, and a rural adolescence in a town famed for its cattle slaughterhouses. He didn’t go to college, and taught himself to write in the WGA library. He is an alumni of the Skins Fest Native American TV Writing… Read more »

2020 Native American Feature Film Writers Lab Fellows

  Los Angeles, CA – The LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Studios, California Community Foundation, Topple, Cherokee Nation Film Office and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced they have selected 7 fellows for the 3rd Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab, a talent development program… Read more »

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins (Cherokee) is a former educator and bartender from Evergreen, Colorado. His writing has appeared in Eclectica, Burnt Pine Magazine, Word Riot, and Inland. He was a finalist in the 2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Novel-in-Progress competition. He has edited numerous magazines including Word Riot. He has also written two academic books, published in… Read more »

Cole Randall

Cole discovered a love for writing after watching the performance of a one-act play he wrote in high school. He followed his passion to Emerson College where he recently graduated with honors, earning a BFA in Comedic Arts. Right? He can’t believe it’s a real degree either. While attending Emerson, he had the wonderful opportunity… Read more »

Cara Jade Myers

Cara Jade Myers (Kiowa/Wichita) is a Native American writer living in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2019 she was a fellow in the 4th Annual Native American TV Writers Program where she developed a TV pilot from pitch to 3rd draft. That same year, she was a semi-finalist in the ABC/Disney writers’ program. In early 2020… Read more »

Matthew Rochester

Matthew Rochester is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Born and raised in the Smokies, he grew up playing in the forest, using his vivid imagination to escape a rough family life. Leaving home at eighteen, Matthew obtained a Bachelor’s in Film & Creative Writing. While obtaining his degree, he temporarily studied… Read more »

MorningStar Angeline

MorningStar Angeline, born as MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, NM, to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Shawn Chippewa. She was later adopted by Daniel Harold Freeland and was raised in Gallup, NM. She is Navajo, Chippewa Cree, Blackfoot, and Latinx. Angeline began acting in theatre as a child and continued studying acting… Read more »