The LA Skins Fest, a Native American arts initiative that offers year round opportunities for emerging Native American actors, writers and directors, announced that they are accepting applications for their second Native American TV Writers Lab.
In the popular imagination, Native Americans are rarely associated with humor; they’re represented as either solemn keepers of ancient wisdom or long-suffering victims of genocide and oppression. When they are featured in comedic situations, they’ve historically been the butt of jokes in movies and on TV — where they’re often portrayed by non-Native actors
When “100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice” screens at the L.A. Skins Fest, director Melinda Janko hopes viewers will be as appalled as she was by the injustice.
It’s why she “had to tell this story.”
LA SKINS FESTlaskinsfest.jpg annually showcases works by indepedent Native American filmmakers that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of Native American people. The festival helps filmmakers show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of Native American cultures.
There is a staggering amount of entertainment out there thanks to the internet. For those who grew up in a time when there were only three channels it is trulystaggering but thousands upon thousands of platforms is essentially par for the course these days.
LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, in partnership with Comcast/NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO, announced a week ago Friday they have selected seven participants for the inaugural Native American TV Writers Lab, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers.
Viewers interested in original Native content in a multitude of genres need look no further than the Skinsplex streaming website. One great original series, Wave, about a funny and foul-mouthed Native Hollywood insider by the name of “Bung” who is battling personal demons – is now available for free.
The first ever Native American TV Writers Lab will take place in Los Angeles, California.The new program is being spearheaded by the LA Skins Fest in partnership with NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO.
“OMG! We won Best Student Film at the LA SKINS FEST!” was the enthusiastic reaction from Beverly Santicola. Beverly is a co-executive producer of the film, “Escape,” the first film ever produced by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) Youth.
Featured films include “Wind Walkers,” about an ancient curse, and “#NightsLikeThese,” about the desensitizing effects of social media
When film director Ian Skorodin noticed that there wasn’t a film festival for Native Americans in Los Angeles, he decided to start his own: LA Skins Fest.