Today, August 26th is #WomensEqualityDay!
Joanelle Romero founder of Native Women in Film & Television was invited by President Barack Obama, Vice Pesident Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Ophry Winfrey on June 5th to attend ‘The United State of Womens Summit’ there Joanelle Romero met with congressional members to address Native Women in Film & Television Initiative.
“Its been 23 years since Native actresses have been cast on on episodic television, Native Americans were not considered citizens of U.S. until 1924. The Nationality Act allowed them to go to war in 1940, but for the most part they had to wait until 1965 (Voting Rights Act) to really have the right to vote across the country. We as Native American women were not viewed as equals and this should be made clear on this day.” – Joanelle Romero #NWIF #NWIFTV #RNFF16
AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR/ACTOR FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF RED NATION FILM FESTIVAL JOANELLE ROMERO INVITED TO JOIN THE
ACADEMY OF MOTION
PICTURES ARTS AND SCIENCES IN THEIR EFFORTS TO INCREASE DIVERSITY …. Click here for full story
Leading Up to the Oscars …..
OSCAR HISTORY & AMERICAN INDIANS
Native nominations and win for an Oscar there have only been four:
* Chief Dan George for best supporting actor in 1970,
* Buffy Sainte-Marie for best song in 1982 (WON),
* Graham Greene for best supporting actor in 1990 and 1999
* Joanelle Romero (actor/director/founder of Red Nation Film Festival/Native Women in Film & Television) to date is the only native filmmaker to make the Academy’s Documentary shortlist in a preliminary round of voting for her film American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still Be Indian – This is the first and only film that addresses the American Indian and Jewish Holocausts.
“How others view American Indians and how we see ourselves is influenced substantially by film. Creating and depicting our own positive narratives of American Indian life and culture helps reverse generations of stereotypes, while allowing Native people to give voice to their own truths.” – Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund (RNCI Red Nation Awards 2013)