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NEW MOON AND THE WOLF PACK WINS AWARDS FOR BEST FILM, BEST ACTOR, BEST
ACTRESS + 6th ANNUAL RED NATION FILM FESTIVAL + EXPERIENCE AMERICAN INDIAN
CINEMA + CELEBRATES ITS WINNERS & HONOREES.
Photo: In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman by Camille Manybeads Tso, Navajo youth, Best Documentary Short. Tso interviews family about the Longest Walk.
Los Angeles, CA - Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF) announces festival
winners & honorees for the 6th Annual Red Nation Film Festival of November
RNFF honorees were presented at the Red is Green Carpet Gala A Night of
Tribute Awards Ceremony on November 12, 2009 at Raleigh Studios. RNFF
filmmakers’ awards were presented online January 28, 2010 at
www.rednationfilmfestival.com. RNFF had five L.A. Premičres, three Red is
Green Carpet Galas, 20th Anniversary of George Harrison critically
acclaimed Sundance Award-winning feature film “Pow Wow Highway” and a
Exclusive Premiere of The Twilight Saga “New Moon.”
Red Nation Film Festival is the largest and most prestigious celebration
of the American Indian motion picture art form in Los Angeles and has
positioned itself worldwide as the best venue for marketing American
Indian & Indigenous Independent Films, including Native Women in Film &
RNFF Award Winners:
The Twilight Saga
Director: Chris Weitz
The Ghost Riders
Director: V. Blackhawk Aamodt
New Moon /The Twilight Saga
New Moon /The Twilight Saga
Best Documentary Feature
Director: Joe Berlinger
Best Woman Documentary Feature
For The Next 7 Generation /The 13 Grandmothers
Director: Carole Hart
Best Documentary Short
In The Footsteps of Yellow Woman
Director: Camille Manybeads Tso
Red Nation Film Festival Short
Best Music Video
Black or White
Red Nation Student Women Film Project Winners:
Lumbini Park - Directed by Eve LaFountain (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
A Thousand Unsaid Words - Directed by Katrina Montoya (Sault St. Marie
Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
The Hand Drum - Directed by Stephanie Painter (Shoshone/Washoe/Oneida)
A NIGHT OF TRIBUTE AWARDS CEREMONY recipients were:
• "Red Nation Vision Award” – In Loving Memory to Michael Jackson “Black
• “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” – CBS Corporation
• “Television Heritage Media Award” – James Ramos, San Manuel Tribe
• “Red Nation Theatre Playwright Award” – Richard Montoya, Culture Clash
• “Red Nation Humanartian Award” – Leonard Peltier, Activist
• “Red Nation Activists Award” – Atossa Soltani, Director of Amazon Watch
• “Red Nation Community Award” – Christine Padilla, Community Volunteer
In attendance were: Edward James Olmos (actor), Josie Thomas-Head of
Diversity-Senior VP (CBS Corporation), Jo Berlinger, director of Crude,
Atossa Soltani, (Amazon Watch) accepting on her behalf Mitchell Anderson,
Leonard Peltier (activist) accepting on his behalf RJ Joseph, Christine
Padilla (community volunteer), Disney ABC Television Group Frank B.
Gonzalez, Chaske Spencer (actor/New Moon), Tinsel Korey (actor/New Moon),
Alex Meraz (actor/New Moon), Rene Heyes (casting director), Zahn McClarnon
(actor/Into The West), Gil Birmingham (actor/New Moon), Jackie Jacobs
(Talent Group), Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Dreamkeeper), Elijah De Jesus
(actor/Pearl), V. Blackhawk Aamodt (director/The Ghost Riders), Camille
Manybeads Tso (director/In The Footsteps of Yellow Woman) to name a few.
Vicangelo Bulluck - Executive Director Hollywood Bureau of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gave opening
Keynote Address: Joanelle Romero – RNFF Founder/Community
Organizer/Executive Director/Producer and Montano Rain - Youth
Environmentalist-founder of "Help the Earth”
RNFF included American Indian Traditional performances for opening &
closing night Red is Green Carpet Galas and were performed by:
Mati Waiya Ceremonial Elder– Chumash Nation;
Hershel Dayzie - Dine Nation;
Pierson Nunez – Acjachemen Nation;
Moses Brings Plenty - Cheyenne River/Sioux Nations;
Clayson Benally of Blackfire - Dine Nation;
Montano Rain - Apache/Cheyenne Nations
PAST RNFF Honorees have included:
President Barak Obama, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Marlon Brando,
George Burdeau - Director, TNT Network, Pechanga Tribe, President Joe
Garcia of National Congress of American Indian, Alvin Warren-Secretary of
Department of Indian Affairs, Lisa Strout-Director of New Mexico Film
Every year Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles CA,
held during American Indian Heritage Month in November, honors
accomplishments of Independent Motion Pictures and Documentaries, which
are produced, directed, written, and starring American Indians. Honorees
include individuals who have made advancements in film, radio, television,
media, environment, social justice, human rights, career accomplishments
in the arts, volunteerism, and cultural affairs including Red Nation
Student Women Film Project Competition.
To View RNFF 2009 Television/Internet Interviews:
Photos of 2009 RNFF:
Everyday new photos are being up-loaded for “On the Red is Green Carpet
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To learn more visit: www.rednation.com
RNFF 2010 sponsorship opportunities are now available upon request.
Red Nation Film Festival initiatives break the barrier of racism by
successfully replacing American Indian stereotypes with recognition, new
vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity.
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