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Red Nation Film Festival Winners 2010

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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 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:

Best Film

The Twilight Saga


Director: Chris Weitz

Best Director

The Ghost Riders

Director: V. Blackhawk Aamodt

Best Actor

Chaske Spencer

New Moon /The Twilight Saga

Best Actress

Tinsel Korey

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

Best Editor

Red Nation Film Festival Short

Montano Rain

Best Music Video

Michael Jackson

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)


• "Red Nation Vision Award” – In Loving Memory to Michael Jackson “Black

or White”

• “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

Lakota Nation

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

2009 Red Nation Film Festival” …. Stay Connected …..


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Northridge, CA 91324

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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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