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Nadine Aragon


November 14, 2013

10th Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF) – The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema Closes with Successful Run – Winners Announced.

Presented by Comcast | NBC Universal & Honest Engine Films

LOS ANGELES,CA (November 15, 2013) — Red Nation Film Festival Awards Show was held November 11, in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theatre NoHo 7.

“There were more native feature films produced this year, more then any other time in history,” stated RNFF founder Joanelle Romero. “We are bankable, and marketable, at the end of day it’s about the numbers, and we now have them, Native films are on the rise!” In attendance *Benicio Del Toro* opened RNFF with “Jimmy P”.

During the Awards ceremony, while accepting his award *Saginaw Grant* spoke about “The Lone Ranger” and Johnny Depp and received a standing ovation, as did Tribute Award honoree *Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum*, co-founder of “Idle No More” movement, with her soulful speech to standing up and protecting our land, our water, our women. Before *Theda Newsbeast* received her Award for “Best Documentary Short” and the Humanitarian Award Larry Grounds (Crazy Dog Society), sang a traditional sang.

Johnny Depp received the “The Oyate Wayanka Po Win Lifetime Achievement”  Mr. Depp was not in attendance however RNFF founder  and board recognized Johnny Depp for his body of work and his role as “Tonto”. This award is the highest honor in the film industry regarding native cinema.

Our traditional voice lives and is very much alive, the message was clear during the evening when Charlie Soap Wilma Mankillers’ husband and director of “The Cherokee Word for Water’ in accepting his award he stated “Native women continue to speak up and know that you are supported”.

“Bury My Heart in Tonawanda” received the  *Red Nation Courage Award this award was created for filmmakers who have the fortitude to produce a film on special subject matters.

As one actress stated Carla Rae Holland (star of Chris Eyre’s Imprint) quoted “Being at Red Nation Awards Show was like being on Holy Ground”. There were traditional medicine people in attendance, elders, celebrities A. Martinez, Alma Martinez (to name a few), actors, producers, directors and musicians.

Performances by Steve Garica Eagle dancer opened the evening, Award-winning actress Sage of Sage and the Saints (Country Rock Singer) and Scatter Their Own (Rock band from South Dakota).

The awards show ended with Native Youth Matter, young voices of Cheyenne & Tate Garica sharing how important and inspirational Red Nation Film Festival is to native youth.

Red Nation Film Festival Award Winners; and the winners are:

Outstanding Actor in the Leading Role:

Joel Evans (The Lesser Blessed)

Outstanding Actress in the Leading Role:

Kimberly Guerrero (The Cherokee Word for Water)

Outstanding Actor in Supporting Role:

Saginaw Grant (The Lone Ranger)

Outstanding Actress in Supporting Role:

Tantoo Cardinal (Chasing Shakespeare)

Best Director

Norry Niven (Chasing Shakespeare)

Best Picture

The Lesser Blessed


• Best Documentary Film

Young Lakota

• Best Documentary Short

Why the Women in My Family Don’t Drink Whiskey

Best Live Short Subject

Four Winds


Outstanding Supporting Actor in Television Mini-Series/MOW/ Cable Television show:

A. Martinez (Longmire – A&E)

Outstanding Casting Director

Junie Lowry-Johnson (Longmire – A&E)

Best Music Videos

Would I Run (artist Sage & The Saints)

Each year RNFF honors other who contirbute to American Indian …

Red Nation Tribute Award Honorees are:

Red Nation Activists Award > Idle No More Movement ‘The 4 Women Who Started this Movement’ accepted by founder Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum

Red Nation Humanitarian Award > Theda NewBreast, Blackfeet Nation

Red Nation Vision Award > George Lucas Star Wars dubbed in Navajo Language

American Indian Heritage Month Award > Rebecca Robles

Edward Albert Jr Award > Esai Morales

The festival itself produced three “Red Nation FilmLab Conversations Series (panels) “NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION”; RED NATION DIVERSITY > “American Indian & Latinos UNITE”; HOLLYWOOD AND THE AMERICAN INDIAN BLACKLIST, in addition several Star-Studded Red is Green Carpet Galas were presented.

Proceeds benfited American Indian College Fund. “The American Indian College Fund is thrilled to work with the Red Nation Film Festival,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “How others view American Indians and how we see ourselves is influenced substantially by film. Creating and depicting our own positive narratives of American Indian life and culture helps reverse generations of stereotypes, while allowing Native people to give voice to their own truths.”

Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Show Airs on Comcast & Red Nation Television Channel – Native is Here, November 11th – 30th; Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month.

Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Show is produced by Joanelle Romero a producton of Red Nation Films.


The Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Show celebrates the accomplishments of American Indian & Indigenous people in the fields of film, television, and network and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors in support of American Indian.

Red Nation Film Award of Excellence, Tribute Ceremony and American Indian Heritage Month Award” firmly establishes the presence of American Indian Cinema & Filmmakers in Los Angeles, the Entertainment Capital of the World, The Second Largest City in the country and the Largest American Indian Urban population in America with an unforgettable entertainment experience, recognizing excellence in USA American Indian Indigenous and international cinematic achievement, making Red Nation the largest and most prestigious celebrations of American Indian motion picture art form in Los Angeles and Indian Country America. The Red Nation Statuette has positioned itself to become the most recognized American Indian trophy in the world.

The Red Nation Film Award of Excellence Statuette is created to honor outstanding moviemaking achievements by American Indian filmmakers and thereby encourage excellence in all facets of motion picture production.

American film, Native actors, filmmakers, and producers have a coveted award equivalent to the well known “Oscar”.  It symbolizes exceptional achievement and filmmaking excellence. The statuette is a stylized form of a beautiful young Native American woman, and represents the birth of a new era of awareness in the filmmaking industry.  The anticipation of who will receive the Red Nation Film Award of Excellence Statuette is the most exciting happening not only in Indian Country America, but the film industry at large.

NOTE: “The Oyate Wayanka Po Win Lifetime Achievement” is given every other year!


American Indian Heritage Month was founder by Red nation Celebration in 2006 in the City of Los Angeles CA

Founded in 1995, Red Nation Celebration (RNC) is the nation’s oldest American Indian Arts & Culture organization. Where Culture Meets Community RNC is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit American Indian arts organization established to present contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines. To encourage understanding of cultural traditions, performing arts, preservation, and the advancement of American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations.

RNC founded Red Nation Film Festival & Awards in 2003, The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with  recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing  American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry  and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream  audiences while establishing relations between the American Indian  community and the entertainment industry.

Red Nation at the forefront … In Vision, Creativity, Leadership, Inspiration & Sustainability for American Indian & Indigenous Nations in New Media & the Arts.


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