Two short documentaries from Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning series, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” have been named finalists in the Short Documentary category at the 13th annual LA Skins Fest, presented by Comcast NBC/Universal.
“Film is a powerful tool in Native storytelling. It provides an engaging way of sharing who we are in a way that can be both educational and entertaining,” said Jennifer Loren, executive producer and host of OsiyoTV. “For us, nothing is more important than amplifying the voices of the Cherokee people. Native filmmaking is innovative, impactful and heartfelt. We’re excited to once again take part in the LA Skins Fest and are honored to be recognized by our indigenous peers.”
“The Third” features Cherokee Nation citizen and Oklahoma State University basketball standout Lindy Waters III and his journey to serve as a role model for other young Native American players. It was produced by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee Nation) and directed by Kyle Bell (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of Oklahoma), of FireThief Productions.
“Language Is Everything” tells the story of Cherokee Nation citizen and Cherokee linguist Durbin Feeling. When faced with adversity, Feeling not only maintained his ability to read, speak and write the Cherokee language, he became its biggest champion, ensuring it would be spoken for generations to come. It was produced and directed by Jennifer Loren (Cherokee Nation).
Both screenings will take place on Nov. 24 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. “The Third” will be shown during the noon – 2 p.m. block, followed by “Language Is Everything” during the 2 – 4:00 p.m. block.
LA Skins Fest features more than 70 Native American, independent productions representing hundreds of reservations, nations and tribal organizations from North and South America. The six-day festival runs Nov. 19 – 24 at various theaters within the Los Angeles area.
For more information about LA Skins Fest, please visit www.laskinfest.com.
About LA Skins Fest
The prestigious LA Skins Fest ranks among the country’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and critics. LA Skins Fest is considered a major launching ground for the Indian Country’s most talked about films. Our long‐standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great Native America cinema. The LA Skins Fest is a 501 (c)(3) non‐profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA.
Established in 2015 and hosted by Cherokee Nation citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People” features documentary-style profiles on the people, places, heritage, history and culture of the Cherokee people. It is funded and produced by Cherokee Nation Businesses. The series has received numerous regional, national and international accolades, including five Heartland Regional Emmy awards. For more information and to watch “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” please visit www.osiyo.tv.