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LA SKINS FEST: A Winter Love – Screening and Q&A

Admission is free.



A Winter Love is a modern day, inter-tribal love story about Blue, a 35-year-old Navajo singer-songwriter who has lost her creative spark to a series of bad relationships and the harsh Minneapolis winter, and Eddie, a 25-year-old Lakota law school dropout. Presented in conjunction with the LA SKINS FEST, a special theatrical screening of the award-winning indie film will be followed by an engaging conversation with its writer, director, producer, and actor Rhiana Yazzie, moderated by USC lecturer Maddox Pennington.

The LA SKINS FEST is a film festival that provides opportunities and outlets for Native American filmmakers and offers additional programming to encourage them, including a monthly writers group, monthly directors workshop, and youth multimedia workshops.

Rhiana Yazzie
is a 2021 Lanford Wilson and 2020 Steinberg award–winning playwright, director, filmmaker, and artistic director of New Native Theatre, which she started in 2009 as a response to the lack of connection and professional opportunities between Twin Cities theatre and the Native community. The Navajo Nation citizen (Ta’neeszahnii bashishchiin dóó Táchii’nii dashinalí) is a 2018 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, was recognized with a 2017 Sally Ordway Award for Vision, and has been a Playwrights’ Center fellow multiple times. Her first feature film, A Winter Love, premiered at festivals in 2021 and 2022.

Maddox Pennington is a nonbinary writer, playwright, stand-up comic, lecturer at USC, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, their work explores gender, sexuality, mental health, and belonging, and frequently invokes magical realism. Their debut bibliomemoir, A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work, was published by Hachette Books in 2017, and they produced and directed the award-winning nonbinary rom-com Love Chicken, which premiered at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Outside the Box (Office), USC Visions and Voices, and the LA SKINS FEST.


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