Boise Esquerra

Boise Esquerra is a Native American (Hopi) filmmaker who is currently enrolled in the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, AZ. He is finishing out his last term at the New York Film Academy (Screenwriting), where he is at the top of his class and is in his 9th year of writing. He holds a… Read more »

Kris Crenwelge

Kris Crenwelge is a Los Angeles-based writer whose half-hour comedies focus on her careers in sports and entertainment, her experience as a motherless daughter, and life with her maternal Choctaw grandmother. Hailing from Houston, Kris graduated from Texas A&M University and landed a job working for a travel company in Mexico and the Caribbean. Within… Read more »

Sheila Chalakee

Sheila Chalakee, a citizen of Muscogee-Creek Nation, is a comedian and writer whose work has been seen on PBS, WEtv, E! Network, Univision, FNX, and most recently, Amazon Prime. Her collaborations with BuzzFeed, YouTube, and Google garnered over hundreds of millions of views collectively leading to positive press regarding Native issues from The Huffington Post,… Read more »

Emma Barrow

Sugar on the surface, strong on the inside, Emma finds a dance floor everywhere… even the grocery store aisle. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Emma moved to Los Angeles for college where she attended California Institute of the arts and received her BFA in Acting. She’s been writing since she was small: first picture books then… Read more »

Doane Tulugaq Avery

Doane Tulugaq Avery is a filmmaker whose stories focus on feminine, queer, and Indigenous character-driven narratives that seek to blend cinematic realism with surreal and musical moments. She was the recipient of the LA Skins Fest Emerging Filmmaker Award, and the imagineNATIVE Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Talent. Her short films have also screened at… Read more »

Showrunner Program

   The Native American Showrunner program is a multi-month intensive designed to address the lack of Native American executive producers in television. The overall goal is to provide experienced Native American writers an opportunity to gain new skills and elevate their opportunities in the television writing industry.      This program will have selected Native… Read more »

2019 NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB

“As part of our mission to support underrepresented and emerging filmmakers, FilmLA is proud to support this initiative for Native American writers. Expanding the reach of underrepresented communities not only vastly broadens the entertainment library for all of us, it also greatly increases our knowledge and understanding of the greater American community,” announced Paul Audley,… Read more »

5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Call for Applications – Now Closed

The 5th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for applications is now closed. The lab is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Kung Fu Monkey Productions and Snowpants Productions. The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is a five week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers… Read more »

2019 Native American Youth Animation Workshop – Recap

The Native American Youth Animation Workshop was a two day intensive workshop that offered Native American youth new opportunities in animation. This lab was designed to offer genuine access for Native Americans interested in learning and entering the field of animation. The LA SKINS FEST partnered with Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA and provided… Read more »

2019 NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMATION LAB

The NATIVE AMERICAN ANIMATION LAB wrapped the first year! It was an incredible experience for the 8 fellows. Participants spent the week meeting with executives from Skydance Animation, Cartoon Network, Sugarshack Animation, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Universal Pictures, Kung Fu Monkey Productions, FOX Animation and Disney Animation. The animation lab culminated in a pitch panel… Read more »