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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Media Inquires Contact November 5, 2009 Info@rednation.com Red Nation Media 6TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES RED NATION FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE AMERICAN INDIAN CINEMA IN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATING AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH STAR-STUDDED RED IS GREEN CARPET GALAS, A NIGHT OF TRIBUTE AWARDS CEREMONY, RED NATION FILM LAB INDUSTRY PANELS, AND EXCLUSIVE MAJOR FEATURE FILM SCREENINGS AND LA PREIMERES … Los Angeles CA – Red Nation Celebration Entertainment, proudly announces the 6th annual Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF), November 12-18, 2009. Red Nation Film Festival will premiere 31 innovative feature films, shorts, public service, and documentaries of USA American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. Founded in 2005, RNFF has established itself as the largest and most prestigious celebrations of American Indian motion picture art form in Los Angeles and the world. This year’s film selection’s continue to break the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity. The Festival theme, "Red is Green", serves to expand the boundaries of how American Indians have typically been defined in our culture and to also inspire audiences with the sacred personal relationship to Mother Earth that our tribes have kept alive. Prominent Sponsors of the 2009 RNFF include: C.B.S. Corporation, Raleigh Studios, Summit Entertainment, Red Nation Television Channel, Help the Earth, KPFK 90.7, NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Amazon Watch, @ Radical Films, Gay & Lesbian Center, Institute of American Indian Arts. Public screenings and events will be held for five days, from Nov. 12-18, 2009 at Raleigh Studios - OPENING & CLOSING Night Galas November 12 & 18, Screen Actors Guild Foundation Actors Center - NATIVE YOUTH FILMS & Red Nation Film Lab Industry Panel November 13, The Renberg Theatre & The Davidson/Valentini @ The Gay & Lesbian Center / The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, FILM FESTIVAL & NATIVE WOMEN in Film & Television, Red Nation Film Lab Industry Panel November 14 & 15., “Red Nation Film Festival, Night of Tribute Awards Ceremony, and Film Awards are the outstanding creative excellence and diversified characteristic of what we provide to the film & music industries, film enthusiasts and independent filmmaker. Our established reputation continues to present contemporary and traditional American Indian performing arts of diverse artistic disciplines to the mainstream media and to the global communities to encourage understanding of cultural traditions, performing arts, community and the advancement of American Indian and Indigenous Nations,” states Founder/ Executive Director Joanelle Romero. Opening the Festival on Thursday, Nov. 12, is the feature documentary “CRUDE” Director: Joe Berlinger (105) Three years in the making, this shocking investigative documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brothers Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet—the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case. Do you like eating asphalt and drinking petroleum? Neither do the natives of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Evening Includes Star-Studded “Red is Green” Carpet Event Reception and Silent Auction, “A Night of Tribune Awards Ceremony” Master of Ceremonies Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, Opening Blessing Chumash Ceremonial Elder Mati Waiya- Opening Remarks Vic Bulluck NAACP Hollywood Bureau Honoree’s this year are: (in attendance) • "Red Nation Vision Award” – In Loving Memory to Michael Jackson “Black or White” and “Earth Song” • “Edward Albert Jr Indigenous Film Award” – Edward James Olmos, Actor • “Brando Award” – Joe Berlinger, director of Crude • “Lifetime Achievement Award” – Graham Greene, Actor • “Best Network Award” – C.B.S. Corporation • “Television Heritage Media Award” – San Manuel Tribe, (San Bernardino, CA) • “Red Nation Theatre Playwright Award” – Richard Montoya, Culture Clash • “Red Nation Humanartian Award” – Leonard Peltier, Indian Activist • “Red Nation Activists Award” – Atossa Soltani, Amazon Watch PAST RNFF Honorees have included: President Obama, Governor Richardson, Marlon Brando, George Burdeau, TNT Network, Pechanga Tribe, President Joe Garcia of NCAI, Alvin Warren-Secretary of Dept of Indian Affairs, Lisa Strout-Director of New Mexico Film Office. Evenings Highlight - A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON – “Black or White” and “Earth Song” Music Videos In Loving Memory of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson, was a childhood friend to Joanelle Romero, founder of Red Nation Film Festival, she was instrumental in the creation of the Native American dance scenes for Michael Jackson’s music video “Black or White 1991. To date these American Indian dancers were the highest paid dancers in music video industry. The jingle dress dancer in Black or White, is Joanelle’s daughter Sage (she was 5 years old then). Michael took hours and hours of photos of Sage while shooting the video and he used her image in his painting of angels at his Neverland Ranch. Michael Jackson was the leading force that launched Joanelle’s production company in 1991, which is the first American Indian women’s production company and since the production company's inception, has become an award-winning independent film production company. Joanelle Romero has known Michael since they were 10 years old. Nov 18, EXCLUSIVE CLOSING NIGHT GALA the Twilight Saga “NEW MOON” feature film by Director Chris Weitz (130), Star-Studded Red is Green Carpet, Red Nation Film Lab Conversations with “The Wolf Pack” In attendance - New Moon’s Wolf Pack Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Tinsel Korey…to name a few VIP Evening Features & Exclusive Film Selections: Nov 14 – Center Piece – VIP EXCLUSIVE ”For the Next 7 Generations” The 13 Grandmothers (85) Director Carole Hart In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Evening VIP Feature, L.A. Première “PEARL” (117) Director: King Hollis - Red is Green Carpet, Red Nation Film Lab Conversation with Elijah De Jesus (Pearl), Sean Cain (Scottie), Producer, Dave Rennke, Screenwriters Donna Carlton, Margaret Reynolds, Tom Bailey, will be in attendance. The true story of Pearl Carter Scott, a daring young Chickasaw girl who became the youngest licensed pilot in U.S. history. Befriended by the famous aviator Wiley Post in the late 1920’s, the adventurous twelve- year old Pearl was taught to fly. So trusting and close was her relationship with Post, she was one of the only two people to fly his well- known plane, the Winnie Mae. Pearl Carter Scott became one of the pioneering female aviators alongside Amelia Earhart. This film was funded by the Chickasaw Tribe of Oklahoma. Nov 15 – Center Piece – VIP EXCLUSIVE For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska (56) Director: Jeff Silverman & Phil Lucas In 1867, when the United States purchased the Alaska territory, the promise of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights didn't apply to Alaska Natives. Their non-violent struggle to win justice is one of the untold chapters of the American civil rights movement. "For he Rights of All" brings this remarkable story to life through dramatic reenactments, new interviews with witnesses, and a wealth of historic footage and photographs. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Evening VIP Feature – 20th Anniversary ”Pow Wow Highway” (86) Director Jonathon Wacks. Executive Producer: former Beatle George Harrison. Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez) and Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) are best friends who are moving through life the best they can, experiencing the usual prejudice over their heritage and struggling for a better life. Besides not being able to get their new car stereo working, they are not able to get their life working. Having to deal with things in a streetwise way, they become stuck in a unique quandary when Buddy’s sister Bonnie Red Bow (Joanelle Romero) gets in trouble. They have not been talking for a long time because she has not been making the best life choices, especially considering she has kids, which gets her arrested and put into jail. What will they do to get her out? Can they do anything to get themselves out of their own life trap? Special Events: Nov 14 – NATIVE WOMEN in FILM & TELEVISION. All day screenings of film directed, produce or starring American Indian & Indigenous women. RED NATION FILM LAB Conversations with Native Women in Film & Television-The Image of American Indian in Hollywood Co-Presented by: Institute of American Indian Arts – New Media Arts Program ABOUT NATIVE WOMEN in FILM & TELEVISION Award-winning Red Nation Films, recognizes the original storytellers of this land. We know that women are the life-givers, visionaries, healers, the 1st feminists. American Indian women carry the history of our culture. The year that Red Nation Film Festival was launched 2005, there was a study that women made up only 17% of all directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on top 250 domestic grossing films. To date there have only been 4 contemporary American Indian women stories ever produced in film history in the United States, they are: “A Girl Called Hatter Fox” C.B.S. 1977 – starring Joanelle Romero (this was the first contemporary American Indian Women story produced); “Lakota Woman” Ted Turner TNT 1994 starring Irene Bedard; “Naturally Native” in 1998 starring Valerie Redhorse; and “Imprint” in 2007 starring Tonantzin Carmelo. In order to inspire the next generation of film enthusiasts and, to encourage a genre of Native women filmmakers to create their own stories, Red Nation Television Channel & Red Nation Films launched Native Women in Film and Television (2005), to bring awareness and content to the film industry. Sustainability requires a bankable market. Red Nation Television Channel and Red Nation Films knows that, “one can not build on success with one film every ten years” said Joanelle Romero, founder of both companies. We need to have one film, right after the other in order to create our market. American Indian youth on the reservations have very little available to them in regards to living their dreams in filmmaking and the arts, they suffer more than any other youth in the country. There is more teen suicide, rape, drugs than any other minority. Red Nation will directly affect youth on the reservations, inspire and motivate them into action. RNFF – Red Nation Film Lab Conversations with ….. Industry panels will be bringing noted industry professionals and American Indian Talent to our venues in Los Angeles to teach, inspire and share their knowledge with current and the next generation of independent filmmakers. These programs are free and open to the public. Must Advance Register. NATIVE YOUTH FILMS Nov 13, 2009, Native Youth Films & Red Nation Film Lab Experience American Indian Cinema: a day of "Native Youth Films". Students are bused in from LAUSD and nearby state reservations. Participants will experience films produced & directed by native youth. "Cultural Bridging in the Positive Image," Non- native youth will experience the native perspective with a screening of an educational film and Native Youth Films. DREAMKEEPER The Myths & Legends of the American Indian. (86) Director: Steve Barron. Stars: Eddie Spears, Sage Galesi, August Schellenberg, Gil Birmingham, Chaske Spencer, John Trudell, Sheila Tousey New Media Arts Program - Lumbini Park Directed by Eve LaFountain (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), A Thousand Unsaid Words Directed by Katrina Montoya (Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Nizhoni Directed by Annikka Frostad-Thomas (Kenaitze), The Hand Drum Directed by Stephanie Painter (Shoshone/Washoe/Oneida), I Never Knew Directed by Nicole Garcia (Navajo Nation), The Confession Directed by Talia London (Aleut Corporation), Kokopelli Directed by Melissa McKerchie ( Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Torn Emotion Directed by Jeff Barehand (Gila River/Navajo), CIA News Directed by Jonathan Sims (Acoma Pueblo). Co-Presented by: Institute of American Indian Arts – New Media Arts Program. Highlight: Red Nation Television Channel provides an opportunity for Native women student filmmakers in the form of a contest. Films presented must be 3 to 10 minutes in length. Winners, first, second and third, will have their films aired on our Red Nation Television Channel. A complete schedule, times and film details are available on our website www.rednation.com. All programs are open to the general public and will require tickets for admission. Advance Tickets available thru our site www.rednation.com, or RSVP – firstname.lastname@example.org, (818) 851 9758. * Photos available upon request as well as interviews can be arranged* Raleigh Studios 655 N. Van Ness, Los Angeles CA 90038 OPENING & CLOSING Night Galas November 12 & 18, Screen Actors Guild Foundation Actors Center, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 NATIVE YOUTH FILMS & industry panel November 13, The Renberg Theatre & The Davidson/Valentini @ The Gay & Lesbian Center / The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038 FESTIVAL & NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION INDUSTRY PANEL November 14 & 15, 2009. Proceeds benefit Help the Earth Environmental Youth Empowerment Org, Red Nation Bead Work Company supporting American Indian Women & Children on the Reservations and Red Nation Performing Living Arts Center. Each year RNFF Annual Events chooses a Charity in support of American Indian Social Justice, Environmental Solutions, Human Rights, Animal Protection and HIV/AIDS Prevention.
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