“An honor and privilege to stand here at this film festival its inarguably  one of the most important film festival in this country because it aloud us to see ourselves in a manner that usually we never do and to Joanelle Romero and everyone who has made it possible for us to be here tonight I thank them from the bottom of my heart” – Edward James Olmos, Actor (2014)

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‘I am proud to go to Congress as the first Native American woman. I am proud to receive this Award.  Thank you all for your trust and your kindness for thank you for supporting RNCI. I hope that you will continue to support this wonderful organization, so that it cna continue to inspire folks and that all of you will continue your creatively and with the world and that more young films can learn for you. be inspired by you and have success into the future. Thank you again’ – Congresswoman Deb Haaland   (2017) 

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‘Amazing … The integration of indigenous spirituality and respect for traditions and elders was, as an artist eye-opening and life changing. The sense of community and respect for integrity as a state of mind, a way of life as a lens through which to see the world was extraordinary at Red Nation Film Festival.’ – Alma Martinez (2013) 

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“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 (2014)

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‘As the former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest Indian tribe in the country, I enthusiastically support your efforts on behalf of Indigenous peoples. I applaud your efforts’ – Wilma Mankiller (May 13, 1999)

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‘I offer my highest respects to the Red Nation Film Festival. Again this year, RNFF has demonstrated its unyielding commitment to exalting the voices of Native Peoples — and on a global scale. In a culture that routinely marginalizes our stories of poignant struggle and profound inspiration, Red Nation stands as an oasis. Major props to you guys for another great festival; I’m so looking forward to this year’s version, and you can count on me being there.’ – A Martinez (2013)

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‘Joanelle Romero, congrats to such a meaningful event. It was an honor to contribute. Thank you for your work and dedication and to present a possibility to learn about the expression of Native American filmmakers, to see their work, hear their voices, their powerful creativity and to meet them. And all that at the poignant time of #standingrock. Throughout the festival the connection was very strong. A memorable event that just deepened my understanding of the life of Native Americans today.’ Gisela Getty (2016)

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‘Red Nation Film Festival  gives an native actor a voice, displays their talent. RNFF builds confidence and makes them feel good about themselves. RNFF is doing what our grandma’s and grandpa’s would want to see happen, being productive.’ – Saginaw Grant 

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‘I was so happy to hear about he BEST ACTOR award. It means a lot to be recognized by the RED NATION FILM FESTIVAL for my work and I am excited to know that it had an impact on people’ – Chaske Spencer 

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‘I won Best Actor in a Supporting Role last night. A big thank you to the RED NATION FILM FESTIVAL, Joanelle and all the other winners for some incredible films. I am blessed.’ – Gil Birmingham 

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‘I am always supportive of the work you do for the industry! Thank care my friend’ – Ernest L. Stevens NIGA

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‘It was outstanding! The best experience I had so far on a festival of this caliber. A festival I felt at home at, with our indigenous sisters and brothers from the film industry. RNCI thank you!’ – Alba Enid Garcia (2019)

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‘Thank you Joanelle Romero and the Red Nation Film Festival ! You were a big part of us in getting selected at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and for the Sesame Street Workshop Summit for Native American Writers.!’ – Sharlene Millang (2019)

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‘This was a wonderful festuval to be a part of and attend they were very helpful and had a great venue. The team is top notch and overall a great experience and opportunity for which i am grateful. Thanks red nation #wearethenewhollywood’ – Jack Belhumeur (2019)

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‘Had a wonderful experience at Red Nation. The Awards Ceremony was beautiful and the entertainment was amazing. I met many directors, writers, producers, musicians and Native actors. So many quality films this year!’ – Brigitte Timmerman (2018)

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‘Professional setting. Great vibes and communication. Very memorable experience at the film festival! Great job RNCI staff.’ – Ryan Craig (2019)

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‘Honored to have our film selected. Great communication with the festival and look forward to future additions.’ – Tom Strnad (2017)

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‘My experiences at the RNFF were excellent! Joanelle Romero and her staff worked tirelessly to make the screening event for our film The Women In The Sand and the entire festival an extrordanary success. Thank you!’ – Steve Jarvis (2017)

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‘An amazing film festival and platform for Indigenous voices. Many thanks to Joanelle Romero and A. Martinez for being an advocate for those voices. Looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you so much for the award for Best Environmental Documentary for our film I Stand: The Guardians of the Water.’ – Kyle Harris (2017)

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Thank you for selecting Needs Must Film’s MY BLOOD IS RED in your splendid festival! And grateful to your for helping a shoestring-budget music documentary spread the message of what is happening in Brazil today’ – Carly Bryant (2019)

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‘So much fun and beauty! So very impressed!!! gratitude !!’ – Fox Redsky (2019)

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‘I was so disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the festival. Life is like that sometimes. My film Just One Word was nominated for an award. The support and communication was stellar. The pics posted from friends that went proved my suspicions that this is a festival to submit to and attend!’ – Jani Lauzon (2019)

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‘It was a great honor to have my documentary film Taino Daka (I Am) represented along with the many other prestigious films. They made the process easy and ensured that my film was at it’s highest quality and presented in the best venue. Looking forward in continuing our partnership. Ha’hom.’ – Alex Zacarias (2019)

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‘Comics are gunslingers, used to being alone onstage with a pocket full of jokes. But sometimes through circumstance, fates and whims, we get a pet posse of brothers in one place. That happened one night here at The Laugh Factory for the Red Nations Film Festival.’ – Good Time Charlie Mulluk (2014)

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‘I am still in awe of being selected and having the opportunity to perform where so many greats have stood and shared the healing nature of laughter. It’s a moment every comedian dreams of. Blessed and thankful’ – Kasey Nicholson (2014)

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‘A nervously wonderful experience! And a bucket list check off!’ – Ernest David Tsosie (2014)

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‘I grew up watching famous comedians I admired perron at the Wold Famous Laugh Factory on TV when I was a kid. It was finally my turn.’ – Jon Roberts (2104) 

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‘Was an honor sharing a legendary stage with some great comedians.’ – William Spottedbear (2014)

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‘Performing at the Laugh Factory that night with a great line up is a son why I pursue comedy, the crowd, the comics, and everyone who was in the building that night respected and laughed at my style of comedy.’ – Sheldon Starr (2014)

 

 

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