Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne Nations/SephardicJew) is the founder of Red Nation Celebration an American Indian cultural arts non-profit organization. Romero is president/founder and produces Red Nation Film Festival each year in Hollywood. She is an established Award winning filmmaker, actress, record producer, musician, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Founder of Award-winning Red Nation Productions formerly Spirit World Productions in where Michael Jackson helped launch Romero’s company. Romero has created a well established Portfolio, including founding American Indian Heritage Month in the City/County of Los Angeles. In addition, Romero serves as an expert as it relates to issues of American Indian & Indigenous representation in creative, executive and technical positions in entertainment and lobbying with industry executives to expand opportunities for American Indian & Indigenous peoples. Joanelle Romero is mother to Elizabeth Sage and Montano Rain.
Having starred and co-starred in over 16 films including being an independent producer and director for over three decades now, Romero uses her expertise to navigate Red Nation Celebration, Red Nation Film Festival and all its portfolio. Romero has worked on a wide variety of television, film, special projects as a producer, director and actor, from ITVS award-winning doc – the first film on American Indians with ADIS/HIV “Melvin & John” (director/producer), to the first Contemporary American Indian womans story ever produced and the first time an American Indian woman carried a leading role CBS MOV “A Girl Called Hatter Fox” (actor), to the Sundance award-winning cult classic “Pow Wow Highway” (actor), to directing/producing award-winning documentary films, to casting/bringing American Indian Traditional dancers to Michael Jackson for his “Black & White” music video, to being dicovered as a singer/songwriter by the Legendary Leonard Cohen, to producing the Los Angeles Mayor Reception (producer), ground-breaking historic events such as “Red Nation Parade” the first & only American Indian Parade in Los Angeles (producer), American Indian Heriage Month in the City/County of Los Angeles (founder/producer), to producing “Red Nation Film Festival” (founder), to creating the first American Indian & Indigenous Television Channel “Red Nation Television Channel-Native is Here”.
37 years as a leading actress in film and television, SAG member since 1977.
As an ACTOR Joanelle Romero had the pleasure to work with some of the best in our business i.e. Willie Nelson, Raquel Welch, Alex Baldwin, Nick Mancuso, Gary Busey, Russell Menas, Kris Krisofferson, Kim Cattrail, Demi Moore, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Lloyd Bridges, Gail Stickland, Conchata Ferrell, A. Martinez, Will Samspon, Ronnie Cox, Shelly Hack, Cherie Currie, Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Betty Thomas, Joe Spano, John Stockwell, Rae Dawn Chong, Maureen McCormick, Robert Beltran, Larry Sellers,Graham Greene, Tim McGraw, Ricky Schroder, James Remar, to name a few …..
Directors Ms. Romero has worked with: George Schaefer, Oliver Stone, Fred Schepisi, Gregory Hoblit, Charles Band, Mel Damski, Ricky Schroder, Aaron Lipstadt, to name a few ….
(Romero is the longest standing American Indian member of the Screen Actors Guild and produced the only panel “Where Are We in Film, Television and Radio” to date at the SAG in 2000 and in 2012 “Native Women in Film & Television”. Romero sat on the SAG-EEOC from 1998 to 2001 and was the only American Indian representing the native voice to the union. Romero also ran for a seat on the Screen Actors Guild board in 2000 and was a close contender)
37 years as a recording artist.
37 years producing concerts, events.
27 years directing and producing award-winning documentary films.
Joanelle Romero, she is the only American Indian director producer to be close to Oscar nod in 2000, for her film AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: WHEN ITS ALL OVER I’LL STILL BE INDIAN. Romero’s film was entered into the OSCARS for consideration in 2000. 22 short films were entered that year, then Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting “9 were chosen for consideration” American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian was part of that 9 chosen. Then five were nominated.
This doc short has reached over one million hits on youtube, to date.
Romero’s documentary film AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: WHEN ITS ALL OVER I’LL STILL BE INDIAN has received many awards, including the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award in 2005.