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 in 1998, 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. In 2000, TUSHKA was distributed to DirecTV for domestic television distribution and Germany’s Pro Sieben for international audiences.
Skorodin moved into animation and is currently directing CRAZY IND’N, a stop motion animation series. CRAZY IND’N went on to screen in England, Finland, New York and won best animation at the Cherokee International Film Festival. Skorodin’s most recent work, WALKING ON TURTLE ISLAND, is a television pilot that premiered at the 2009 Ashland International Film Festival in April. This is a groundbreaking series that portrays a Native American hero who wins the day. Skorodin directed The Homestead, a first hand account of the Choctaw survivors of the Trail of Tears and Ramona Band of Cahuilla, a historical documentary based on the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians. Skorodin is currently developing TEN LITTLE INDIANS, a feature length movie about Indians in prison. Skorodin has also directed music videos for several independent bands including Indian blues band, NATIVE ROOTS. This video won the First Nations Music Award in Chicago.
In addition to his commissioner position with the Native American Commission of the City/County of Los Angeles, Skorodin founded a film festival, a film workshop program, and a scholarship fund. Skorodin also works closely with artistic organizations outside of his immediate locale. He is a board member of the Cherokee International Film Festival in Oklahoma and of the Weeneebeg Film Festival in Canada. Skorodin has instructed many youth filmmaking workshops. His most recent was on the M’Chigeeng Ojibwe Reserve in Ontario, Canada sponsored by the Weengushk Film Institute. Skorodin has taught at many reservations in California, Oklahoma and Canada. He will be teaching again in October at the Cherokee International Film Festival.