Skin (2018 short film)

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Film poster
Directed byGuy Nattiv
Produced byGuy Nattiv
Jaime Ray Newman [1]
Screenplay byGuy Nattiv
Sharon Maymon
Story bySharon Maymon
Based onAn original idea by Sharon Maymon
StarringDanielle Macdonald
Jackson Robert Scott
Jonathan Tucker
Music byBrian McOmber
CinematographyDrew Daniels
Edited byYuval Orr
New Native Pictures
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures [2]
Release date
August 2018
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States

Skin is a 2018 short drama film, directed by Guy Nattiv. It won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.[3] [4] Nattiv's full-length feature Skin, also released in 2018, is not related to this film.


Jeffrey (Jonathan Tucker) cuts his son Troy's (Jackson Robert Scott) hair. The family goes to a lake with friends. Their tattoos imply the group are Neo-Nazis. Jeffrey brags that his son can shoot a target with a rifle and takes bets on the challenge. Troy successfully shoots the target.

The group heads to a grocery store, where Christa (Danielle Macdonald) shops for food. In the checkout line, Troy sees an African-American man, Jaydee (Ashley Thomas), holding a toy. Troy and the man smile at each other. As Jaydee is checking out, Jeffrey notices the interaction and accuses Jaydee of messing with his boy. Jaydee denies it and Jeffrey calls him a racial slur. Jaydee leaves, telling Jeffrey that he is the problem.

Jeffrey tells his friends about the dispute and they follow Jaydee into the parking lot. Jeffrey and his friends beat Jaydee viciously while Jaydee's wife calls the police from her car nearby. Troy watches the incident from the store as Christa frets. As the group leaves, Jaydee's wife holds him in the parking lot. Troy looks out the car window and makes eye contact with Jaydee's son, Bronny (Lonnie Chavis), who is nearly the same age.

The next evening, Jeffrey and Troy are driving home and find a van blocking the road. Jeffrey walks up to the van and a group of black men abduct him. Jeffrey is taken to the garage of a home, where several black men and Bronny drug and tattoo him over several days. Jaydee is there recovering.

Some time later, Jeffrey is thrown naked onto the same road he was abducted from. He sees his reflection in a window and finds his skin tattooed completely black. Inside their home, Christa wakes up to the sound of someone outside. She loads a handgun and calls for help. Jeffrey attempts to wash his skin clean with water but fails. Christa orders Troy to hide under the bed and not come out.

Jeffrey forcefully enters the home. Christa, seeing what appears to be a naked, black man in her home, warns him to get out or she will shoot him. Jeffrey manages to communicate to Christa who he is, and she drops her weapon. A shot rings out, and Jeffrey collapses. Troy stands in the doorway behind Jeffrey holding a rifle. [5]


  1. ^ Oscar-Nominated Short 'Skin' Acquired By Fox Searchlight|Deadline
  2. ^ Fox Searchlight Explains Plans to Distribute Oscar-Nominated Short Film "Skin"|IndieWire
  3. ^ "Short Film Live Action Nominees". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Skin" wins Best Live Action Short Film-Oscars on YouTube
  5. ^ SEARCHLIGHT SHORTS|SKIN | dir. Guy Nattiv | 2019 Academy Award Winner Best Live Action Short-Fox Searchlight on YouTube

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