Women Directors of RNIFF


Director Rhiana Yazzie, A Winter Love: Blue, a 35 year old, Navajo, singer-songwriter has lost her creative spark to a series of bad relationships and to the harsh Minneapolis winter. But when she meets a younger guy, Eddie, a 25 year-old, Lakota, law school dropout, she feels like she’s regained her edge only to find it slip away from her again when she discovers Eddie’s love was never his to give in the first place. A WINTER LOVE is modern day, inter-tribal, love story that shows true love is found in the season you love yourself.

Director Chantelle Marie Anderson, Kaashkitamaashoo:
A woman’s exploration of her Métis identity; the quieting of her inner voice saying she’s not ‘Indigenous enough’.

Director Nanette Kelley, Rick Bartow: The Man Who Made Marks:
When angry animals and heartfelt stories made music. Illustrating the rhythmic style and transformative artistic nature of artist and musician Rick Bartow (Mad River Band of Wiyot, 1946-2016), Rick Bartow The Man Who Made Marks is a mini documentary with a twist of animated music video.

Director Juliana Brown Eyes, Pehin:
An Indigenous female vigilante struggles to come to terms with murdering and scalping a man responsible for missing Indigenous women.

Joanelle Romero


Joanelle Romero CEO, Founder, President Red Nation International Film Festival, RNCI Red Nation Awards, Red Nation Television Network Native Indigenous Media Streaming Company (predating Netflix and all other streaming services), Native Women in Film & Television in All Media, RNCI Crew, California Native Indigenous Film Commission, New Mexico Native Indigenous Film Commission, American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles, Native Studies Center, Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts and Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It.

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