Filmmaker Gets Real About Native American Stereotypes in Hollywood

If filmmaker Sterlin Harjo had one wish, it would be that Hollywood would stop resorting to stereotypes when depicting Native Americans. “I’d get rid of the flute music that white filmmakers think needs to be playing when an Indian comes on screen. It can be the smartest, brightest filmmaker and they still fall into these […]

Continue Reading

Documentary Chronicles Native American Gang Leader’s Story of Survival

In a few days, millions of Americans will gather with loved ones to watch football and eat themselves into a gluttonous stupor, marking the 395th anniversary of the original Thanksgiving harvest celebration that occurred at Plymouth Plantation. While he doesn’t object to such annual rituals, director Jack Riccobono hopes that Americans will educate themselves about […]

Continue Reading

Director Urges More Native Americans to Tell Their Stories in Hollywood

Though Native Americans are making greater strides in the TV and film space, filmmaker Ian Skorodin, founder of the L.A. Skins Fest — one of the country’s largest Native American film festivals — feels that they have barely scratched the surface. Skorodin, whose Tribal affiliation is Choctaw, founded L.A. Skins Fest to create a conduit between the […]

Continue Reading

Chris Eyre – Native American Filmmaking Is Better Than Ever

Chris Eyre burst into the film world with the feature Smoke Signals, his 1998 adaptation of Sherman Alexie’s short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” a selection from Alexie’s book Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The indie film was a hit, in addition to winning the Filmmakers Trophy at […]

Continue Reading

Native American Heritage: Joanelle Romero Drives the Red Nation Film Festival

If you haven’t heard of the Red Nation Film Festival, the annual two-week long Los Angeles-based celebration of American Indian and Indigenous cinema, it’s not for the lack of effort, passion or spirit stemming from its founder, director, publicist and one-woman cheerleading squad, Joanelle Romero. She provided a selection of films to XFINITY On Demand […]

Continue Reading

LA Skins Founder Ian Skorodin Explains the Native American Film Festival, A Labor of Passion and Pragmatism

At the moment, Ian Skorodin is busy. It’s a beautiful weekday morning in Los Angeles, but the founder and director of the L.A. Skins Fest, a Native American Film Festival, is in his cluttered Hollywood office, mired in the unglamorous work of sending digital files of feature movies and short films to XFINITY where they […]

Continue Reading