October 28, 2020

Red Nation Celebration Institute Nominations Press Conference including Red Nation Honors


Join Us Live Wednesday October 28, 2020 @ 3:00pm (PST) here and on our Red Nation Film Festival Native Cinema FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/RedNationFF

Who will pick up the most prestigious American Indian & Indigenous RNCI Red Nation Award of Excellence #TheRedRoadToGOLD 

“Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, Television has the Emmy, and Indian Country America has the Red Nation Film Award of Excellence” 


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November 1, 2020 | 3:00 - 3:30pm (PDT)

RNCI American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles


A Message to VOTE2020 from Red Nation Celebration Institute Board of Directors.

Red Nation Celebration Institute created and founded the American Indian Heritage Month in the City/County of Los Angeles in 2005 and officially recognized in 2006 by the State of California and the City of Los Angeles including the State of New Mexico 2008.

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November 2, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm (PDT) | VIP Limit 30 Persons

Emerging Filmmakers Lab: Business and Marketing Development

Emerging Filmmakers Journey to Audience 
We will Empower and Inspire you

An invigorating session designed to help emerging filmmakers merge their creative and business development via the global film festival circuit. Learn about The Cinematic Trinity, how to translate your creative film language into key marketing language, and be empowered to make your cinematic voice be seen and heard. 

Industry Professional Kathleen McInnis, See-Through Films

VIP Limited Tickets Available 30 Participants First Come First Served Purchase Today!

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November 3, 2020 | 3:00 - 3:30pm (PDT)

RNCI Native Studies Center: USC Bedrosian Center for Public Policy

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) in partnership with the USC Bedrosian Center began rolling out programs in 2018, in creating a Native American and Indigenous Peoples structure at USC. The new NATIVE STUDIES CENTER is dedicated to interdisciplinary work with and for the Native & Indigenous communities, with a strong focus on the 25 year history that RNCI has with regards to Native Women’s narratives. It will be a unique opportunity for our students, faculty, and the whole Angeleno community, building in new – and old – ways and reaching across disciplines and divides worldwide.

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November 4, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:30pm (PDT)

17th annual Lets Hear Your Funny Comedy Lab

Comedy is everything to our Indigenous peoples, We are resilient !!! Humor is our heart beat … later in this program re-broadcast Lets’s Hear Your FUNNY Comedy Series ?? featuring Paul Rodriquez, Kasey Nicholson, Ernest Tsosie, Jon Roberts, Sheldon Starr, Charlie Mulluk, JR Redwater.

Moderator/Creator  Joanelle Romero

Guests Ernest Tsosie and Chance Lee Rush

Presented by Red Nation Television Network 



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November 5 | 3:00 to 4:00pm (PDT)

RNCI Global Film & Television Location Scouting and Management Career Development

Masterclass. Become a Location Professional. We create jobs behind the camera! Our objective is to train Native Americans to be qualified Location Professionals. Location Professionals help Directors and Production Designers bring their visions to life with the right film locations.

Learn More Ground-breaking First Native Film Commission (s) in the State of California & State of New Mexico SIGN UP TODAY !!!


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November 6-30, 2020

Festival Film Program

Thirty days of cinematic excellence. RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival highlights the best in Native cinema, featuring top films from celebrated Native filmmakers as well as emerging new talent. Unforgettable storytelling from the Native perspective.

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November 7, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm (PDT)

Indigenous Masterclass Animation Lab

#LetsTalkFilm Join us today in welcoming our guest Alba E. García Rivas. She is an international award winning Puerto Rican director, she is currently working on her 4th film Dangerously Ever After, a stop-motion film based on the award winning picture book. This book was written by Dashka Slater and Illustrated by Valeria Docampo. Alba is also working on a new live action dark fantasy short titled Qiya. #RedNationAwardwin2019 ‘Best Animated Short’ for her film Dak’Toká Taíno, Yo soy Taíno (I am Taíno)

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November 9, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm (PDT)


After too long an absence, Native Americans are poised to make a comeback in popular culture, but there are still challenges to be faced. Classic Hollywood storytelling often relies on the rightness of a narrow set of values, and the perspectives of people of privilege. It’s not simply a matter of the inclusion of red faces, but of the role indigenous people play in the healing of a deeply flawed system. In this panel, we will talk about new and far more inclusive storytelling models and approaches that move audiences away from polarized conflict and violence. We will examine how Native American myth and culture in contemporary film and television has the potential to offer pathways to enlightenment, reconciliation, and the forging of alliances with a spectrum of human diversity.

Renowned story expert Jeff Gomez



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November 10, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm (PDT)

Native Women Write: A Conversation Series

Join Us Who Tells The Story Matters with

Shari Belafonte (The Morning Show, Sistas), Josefina López (Writer/Director/ Producer/Performer), Kaluhyanuwes Michelle Schenandoah (Co-Founder/Owner at Indigenous Concepts Consulting), Jennifer Podemski (Actor, Writer, Producer, Director), Deborah Gilels (PR/Media Consulting company).

Moderator Joanelle Romero (Humanitarian, Actor, Director, CEO/Founder Red Nation Celebration Institute) 

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November 6-30, 2020

Indigenous Global Media Content Creators Retrospective

Over the last 25 years, RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival has screened 100’s of films from all over the world, empowering the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers. While inspiring the next 7 generations is an important goal for RNCI, paying homage to the history of some of the authentic storytellers of our time has been made possible through the organization’s Legacy project, including film preservation and restoration efforts. To recognize some of the most recent cinematic achievements from the American Indian & Indigenous creative communities, RNCI will be hosting a virtual Foreign-Language Film Series during the 25th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival that will include streamed RNCI Red Nation Award contender films that will be followed by passionate discussions from the filmmakers. Through this virtual event, the RNCI will continue to cultivate a cultural exchange through inclusive and diverse storytelling from around the world. 

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November 11 - 28, 2020 & December 4th

The Conversation Series: Red Nation Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge Fellows Program



The IFL – The Conversation Series has been very successful with that said, we have added another date with times! 

December 4th from 10:00 to 4:30pm (pst)

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November 20, 2020

The Screenwriter ‘Book to Screen’ Native Filmmakers Lab

SPOTLIGHT on James Bird, Screenwriter (We Are Boats, HoneyGlue, Eat Spirit Eat, From Above) and Author (The Brave

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November 22, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00pm (PDT)

Native Youth Matter Rising Filmmakers Lab

RNCI Philanthropy: Empowering the Next 7 Generations

Join Mary Kim Titla, Executive Director at United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.,  Chance Lee Rush and Joanelle Romero for a conversation on media representation and filmmaking for Native Youth. 

Native Youth (10-25) Invited.

RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival Native Youth Matter 2020 Student Film Makers. 

Red Nation Celebration Institute has been partnering with UNITY since 1997. 

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November 29, 2020

RNCI Red Nation Awards

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices” Cementing Native image at the forefront of the industry, highlighting the very best American Indian & Indigenous contributions in film, television, comedy, music and the arts.

Hosts A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Chance Lee Rush

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December 12, 2020

Red Nation Celebration Concert Series: Artists in Solidarity for Systemic Change Through the Arts


Music Has The Power To Bring Us All Together

Join us for a global musical experience benefiting the 25th Anniversary of Red Nation Celebration Institute and its year round programs. RNCI is the longest standing Native Arts & Cultural non-profit in Los Angeles, RNCI has been forging the path to amplify the Native Narrative since 1995.

Featured Artists & Speakers & Statements 

Joe Walsh, Jennifer Warnes, Joanne Shenandoah, Cary Morin, Hook Herrera, Tony Gilkyson, Joanelle Romero, Ronee Blakley, Richard T Bear, Sky Seals, Vince Fontaine of  Eagle & Hawk, Michael Greyeyes, Bruce Sugar, Shari Belafonte, Susan Masten, Theda Newbreast, Jacqueline A Garcia, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Tatanka Means, many more TBA 


Joanelle Romero and Chance Lee Rush

Help RNCI raise its Goal of $75,000.   

With your support you will change a youth’s life with our Native Youth Matter program

With your support a group of people lives will be different with our year-round programs 

With your support the world will change because they will have learned about the Native Narrative 

Give $50 and receive a RNIFF tshirt and get into the VIP Zoom Room Experience 


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November 30, 2020 | Sunrset Ceremony (PDT)

The American Indian Holocaust Memorial

Honoring Our Ancestors

At Sunset, Tongva Elder Julia Bogany (RNCI Board member) and Joanelle Romero will host The American Indian Holocaust Memorial ceremony. Live at 5:00 here https://www.facebook.com/RedNationFF/

The American Indian Holocaust Memorial was established in 2007 by RNCI, Downton Los Angeles. The ceremony was held at The Los Angeles State Historic Park, where the Tongva and Chumush used to meet at the Water portal, ceremony was in association with the City of Los Angeles reopening of The Los Angeles State Historic Park. 

In 2015, RNCI established The American Indian Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. in front of the White House with American Indian Community Leaders. 

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