Red Nation Media
Nadine Aragon

December  29, 2011

Red Nation Film Festival – The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema Closed with a Big Bang in Hollywood.

Los Angeles, CA – 8th Annual Red Nation Film Festival closed in November celebrating American Indian Heritage Month and American Indian Cinema reaching over 10 million viewers including  37 counties. The most successful year thus far …..

“We are very proud of all the diverse talent that we were able to present to the world this year” states Red Nation president & founder Joanelle Romero. “This year’s support of the media took on a whole new dimension for us, placing us at the top with other known festivals and Award Shows such as Los Angeles Film Festival, The Oscars, Spirit Awards, Tribeca Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival.”

The diversity in talent and film enthusiast including audience members way surpassed our previous years, we have received interest from major distribution companies and look forward to native films being funded.

and the Winners …

Oyate Wayanka Po Win Lifetime Achievement Award
Russell Means





 Best Actor in a Leading Role
Michael Spears for Yellow Rock

Best Actress in Leading Role
Maija Tailfeathers for White Indians Walking

Best Actor in Supporting Role
Kiowa Gordon for Breaking Dawn

Best Actor in Television/Mini-Series/MOW
Zahn McClarnon for The Ringer / CW Network






Best Director
Holy Man: The USA vs Douglas White – Jennifer Jessum / Director


with a Tie…


            Yellow Rock – Nick Vallenlonga / Director





Best Picture

Yellow Rock – producers: Lenore Andriel, Steve Doucette, Daniel Veluzat, Robert Scheff, Dennis Doucette, Brad Kaye, Gabriel Johnson




Best Documentary Short and/or Sports
Run to the East – Henry Lu / Director





Best Documentary Feature
Holy Man: The USA vs Douglas White – Jennifer Jessum and Simon Joseph / Director – Producers




Best Network in Content and Casting
ABC 20/20 for Hidden America Children of the Plains





  Tribute Awards
 * Michael Jackson > Red Nation Humanitarian Award

* Governor Jerry Brown > American Indian Heritage Month Award

* CBS2/KCAL9 Suzanne Marquez accepted on behalf of CBS > American Indian Heritage Month Award

* Carmen Lucas. > Red Nation Cultural Preservation Award

* Carolyn Dunn  > Red Nation Theatre Playwright Award

* Benally Family / Blackfire > Red Nation Activists Award

Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF) opened with a western “YELLOW ROCK” and closed with a new category “Sports Films” in highlighting the mission of Ending Youth Suicide on the Reservations. Throughout the festival Traditional music performances were performed by Red Hand Drum Group, Carlos Reynosa Flute and Michael Spears giving a beautiful traditional song for the ones who came before us, all our ancestors.

This year’s festival included 4 Star-Studded Red is Green Carpet Galas, 9 Exclusives, 1 Exclusive World Premiere,  several Red Nation FilmLabs conversations with filmmakers, Native Women in Film & Television Exclusives, 2 actors workshops with network casting director, 2 television & film retrospectives and 8 exclusives on Native Youth Films.

“The Pitch” highlighted work-in-process Hakela: The Last One, filmmaker Calvin Spotted Elk. Red Nation’s “The Pitch” helps support native filmmakers in getting their  film funded, it’s a “live up close and personal ” experience  with the filmmaker in that the filmmaker pitches his film to the audience and the audience has the opportunity to support the film.

RNFF venues from Beverly Hills to Downtown LA to Studio City were held at  The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Laemmle Music Hall, Los Angeles Film Independent, United Indian Involvement, and ending with the Red Nation Awards Gala at CBS Center Studios.

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RNFF is proud to be supported by these fine sponsors and partners CBS Corporation, CBS2/KCAL9, ABC Disney, HBO, CBS Entertainment, NAACP, State of California Native American Heritage Commission, Clear Channel, Harvest Films, DLD Photography, The Digital Design Factory, KPFK 90.7, NBC Universal, Help the Earth, Kristal Graphics, The Holman Group, New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, Fast Horse Productions, World Indigenous News, Censored News, International Latino Film Festival, Albuquerque Film Festival, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, to name a few …..

Start out the New Year with Red Nation Television Channel- the first American Indian Television Channel Est 2006 , a world première broadcast of Red Nation Awards Gala January 2012. Visit: for more information.

See you next year!
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