WFG Black Lodge | Sunday June 24 | 1pm – 5pm
Ian & Patricia discuss feature film script writing, networking, pitching Studios, Importance Of building a portfolio, finding representation, and distribution. They will also discuss the LA Skins Film Festival which will now be in its 12th year.
Limited to 20 participants. Open for free to all members of the Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmakers Collective. To book a spot in this workshop click register and follow the registration steps.
Ian Skorodin graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and began his directing career with an award winning feature film, entitled TUSHKA, based on the murder of a Native American activist’s family. After premiering at Sundance, TUSHKA went on to win Best Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival and the Spirit Award at the First Nations Film Festival in Chicago. Skorodin moved into television; directing and producing the satirical CRAZY IND’N, an animated series. The series is based in an alternate reality where the Indigenous populations have reclaimed the Earth through military conquest. CRAZY IND’N is distributed by the APTN cable outlet in Canada and DishNetwork in the United States. Skorodin formed a partnership with Comcast Xfinity and produced several digital series and short films. This included Wave, a critically acclaimed raunchy comedy about a burnt out production sound man looking for career redemption. Skins Sketch is a sketch comedy series that features Native American actors with scripts from UCB. Skorodin recently wrapped up post production on his newest series Jew In Choctaw Country. This series is a dark comedy that explores the criminal element in 1970’s Oklahoma. Skorodin’s other television projects include WALKING ON TURTLE ISLAND, an episodic pilot that premiered at the Ashland International Film Festival. This piece is set in the old west starring Tantoo Cardinal and the Lone Ranger’s Saginaw Grant. In 2007, Skorodin founded the LA SKINS FEST, a Native American film festival based in Los Angeles, to address the need for Native American representation in the entertainment industry. In 2016, Skorodin established the Native American TV Writers Lab as a platform for Native writers to launch their television writing careers. The success of the TV lab has lead to the launch of the Native American Feature Film Writers Lab inaugurating this August. Skorodin is a 2009 NATPE Diversity Fellow. As part of the fellowship, Skorodin attended LATV FEST 2009 and NATPE 2010 in Las Vegas. Skorodin was invited to the 2008 National Black Programming Consortium’s New Media Institute Conference in Washington D.C. In 2002, Skorodin attended the PBS Producer’s Conference as part of
the Producer’s Academy scholar’s program. Skorodin also won a grant to attend the 2002 INPUT Television Conference in Rotterdam Holland and attended the 2002 Sundance Producer’s conference as a Sundance fellow.
Patricia Gomes is a film producer and oversees the LA SKINS FEST film festival and founded the Native Youth Multimedia Workshop in 2009. She studied at the University of Southern California where she received her BA in American Studies and did her graduate studies at the University if California in Los Angeles. Patricia has produced numerous projects including an award winning animation creation story for the Ramona Band of Cahuilla. She works extensively with Comcast on short form digital series and currently works with numerous charitable foundations to enhance the Native American community.
The Winnipeg Film Group acknowledges the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation and Film Training Manitoba for this workshop series.