Red Nation Films through is affiliates Red Nation Television Network, Red Nation International Film Festival and Native Women in Film & Television in All Media is dedicated to distributing and exhibiting independent films made by Native Indigenous artists, people of color and women including allies.

Since 1990, RED NATION FILMS has been at the forefront of film and television production, with a notable portfolio of releases.

Our diverse range of projects includes acclaimed works such as Cannes Film Festival winner WAR PONY by Riley Keough, Gina Gammell; FROZEN RIVER by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt, winner of the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Film Award; THE GARDEN by Oscar nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy; Cannes Film Festival winner WIND RIVER by Taylor Sheridan; Gotham Independent Film Award winner THE RIDER by Chloe Zhao, also nominated for Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME by Cannes Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award nominee Chloe Zhao, recipient of two Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; JIMMY P: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN by Cannes Film Festival nominee Arnaud Desplechin; Directors Guild of Canada and Canadian Screen Awards nominee BONES OF CROWS by Marie Clements, which earned four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; ON SACRED GROUND by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell, a four-time winner at the Red Nation International Film Festival; Red Nation Honors The Chief Dan George Award recipient KISS THE GROUND by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell; Gotham and Spirit Award nominee WILD INDIAN by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., honored with four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; DGC Discovery Award-winning NIGHT RAIDERS by Danis Goulet; ANTLERS by Scott Cooper; winner of the Edmonton International Film Festival INDIAN HORSE by Stephen S. Campanelli, boasting three Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; Red Nation Honors Award recipient HONOR THE TREATIES by Eric Becker; MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Empire Awards winner THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON by Chris Weitz; WOMAN WALKS AHEAD by Susanna White; award-winning THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; MONKEY BEACH by Loretta Todd, which earned four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; END OF THE LINE by Emmy nominee Shannon Kring, honored with a Red Nation International Film Festival Award; GATHER by Sanjay Rawal, a recipient of Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; WOMEN OF THE WHITE BUFFALO by Deborah Anderson, which also won Red Nation International Film Festival Awards; and the Official Sundance Film Festival Documentary Selection MERATA: How Mom Decolonized the Screen by Hepi Mita.

Founded in 1990 by filmmaker Joanelle Romero, RED NATION FILMS is a motion picture company dedicated to amplifying the Native Indigenous storyteller.

Our motion picture company catalyzes its work through mission-driven entities: film distribution arm Red Nation Television Network, Red Nation International Film Festival, Native Women in Film & Television in All Media and Film Festival, programming and production hub Red Nation Studios – Creative Campus for Native Indigenous talent and industry professionals and our non-profit Red Nation Celebration Institiute The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. Is the longest-running successful Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry. Serving over 575+ Native Nations in the U.S. and collectively on the planet 1200.

Red Nation Films, along with its affiliates Red Nation Television Network, Red Nation International Film Festival, and Native Women in Film & Television in All Media, is committed to the distribution and exhibition of independent films created by Native Indigenous artists, people of color, women, and allies.

Since 1990, Red Nation Films has been a trailblazer in film and television production, boasting a remarkable portfolio of releases.

Our extensive catalogue features acclaimed works such as:

  • Cannes Film Festival winner WAR PONY by Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
  • FROZEN RIVER by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt, winner of the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Film Award
  • THE GARDEN by Oscar nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Cannes Film Festival winner WIND RIVER by Taylor Sheridan
  • Gotham Independent Film Award winner THE RIDER by Chloe Zhao, also nominated for Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME by Cannes Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award nominee Chloe Zhao, recipient of two Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • JIMMY P: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN by Cannes Film Festival nominee Arnaud Desplechin
  • Directors Guild of Canada and Canadian Screen Awards nominee BONES OF CROWS by Marie Clements, which earned four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • ON SACRED GROUND by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell, a four-time winner at the Red Nation International Film Festival
  • Red Nation Honors The Chief Dan George Award recipient KISS THE GROUND by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell
  • Gotham and Spirit Award nominee WILD INDIAN by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., honored with four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • DGC Discovery Award-winning NIGHT RAIDERS by Danis Goulet
  • ANTLERS by Scott Cooper
  • Winner of the Edmonton International Film Festival INDIAN HORSE by Stephen S. Campanelli, boasting three Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • Red Nation Honors Award recipient HONOR THE TREATIES by Eric Becker
  • MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Empire Awards winner THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON by Chris Weitz
  • WOMAN WALKS AHEAD by Susanna White
  • Award-winning THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
  • MONKEY BEACH by Loretta Todd, which earned four Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • END OF THE LINE by Emmy nominee Shannon Kring, honored with a Red Nation International Film Festival Award
  • GATHER by Sanjay Rawal, a recipient of Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • WOMEN OF THE WHITE BUFFALO by Deborah Anderson, which also won Red Nation International Film Festival Awards
  • Official Sundance Film Festival Documentary Selection MERATA: How Mom Decolonized the Screen by Hepi Mita
Michael Jackson / Sage

Black or White Short Film, (Music Video)

Joanelle Romero is responsible for the dancers on Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ short film (music video). Fact: Michael Jackson became the leading force in making Joanelle Romero’s production company (rednationfilms.net) known to the world. It is now an award-winning production company in producing Native and Indigenous documentaries and independent films. The 1991 “Black or White” music video and song made history. Joanelle negotiated for the American Indian dancers to be paid over and above any dancers on any music video ever, due to the fact they were traditionally dressed (the wardrobe did not come from western costume). To date, they are the highest paid dancers in the music video industry. This segment (Black or White) was the first clip of American Indian dancers in a music video without being a Native American music group/artist.

Michael Jackson / Dancers
Twilight - New Moon

Twilight - New Moon

RNIFF forged a groundbreaking partnership with Summit Entertainment for the screening of “Twilight: New Moon” before its official world premiere. This marked a significant milestone as it was the first time Summit Entertainment had showcased their franchise at any film festival. (2009)

6th Annual Red Nation Film Festival Closing Night Gala
Founded in 1990 by filmmaker Joanelle Romero, RED NATION FILMS is a motion picture company dedicated to amplifying the Native Indigenous storyteller. Our motion picture company catalyzes its work through mission-driven entities: film distribution arm Red Nation Television Network, Red Nation International Film Festival, Native Women in Film & Television in All Media and Film Festival, programming and production hub Red Nation Studios – Creative Campus for Native Indigenous talent and industry professionals and our non-profit Red Nation Celebration Institiute The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. Is the longest-running successful Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry. Serving over 575+ Native Nations in the U.S. and collectively on the planet 1200.

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Joanelle Romero

Founded by Actress, Producer, Director, Writer Joanelle Romero in 1990, Red Nation Films is a premier film and television production company with a track record of working with first-rate talent across multiple mediums from a Native Indigenous perspective.

With over 124 feature films,  television series, awards show and conversation series to its credit, the company has worked together with Native Indigenous talents such as
Danis Goulet, Sterlin Harjo, Loretta Todd, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Irene Bedard, Grace Dove, Rena Owen, Tonantzin Carmelo, Kiowa Gordon, A Martinez, 54th United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Chief Crazy Bull, Chief Oren Lyons, Chief Phillip Whiteman Jr., James Bird, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kyle Kauwika Harris, Katsitsionni Fox, Daniel Foreman, Alba Enid García, Klee Benally, Zahn McClarnon, Tatanka Means, Jeffrey Palmer, as well as some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Christian Bale, Scott Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Ed Begley Jr., Chloe Zhao, Frances Fisher, Taylor Sherdian, Joely Fisher, Joe Berlinger, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Josh Tickell, Susanna White, Stephen S. Campanelli, Brigitte Timmerman, Deborah Anderson, Kathleen Hepburn, Alma Martinez, Jaima Chevalier, Joanne Storkan, Haroula Rose, Lesley Johnson, Chris Writs, Mark Ruffalo, Jason George, Dolores Huerta and Dan Aykroyd.

Red Nation Films

The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. Founded in 1990.

Distribution platform Red Nation Television Network. Native Women-Led, Indigenous Streaming Entertainment Media Company. Your #1 Source from the Native Perspective. News. Movies. Original Series. Educational companion.

Est 2006. 10 million viewers 37 countries.

Owner, CEO: Joanelle Romero, actress, award-winning director, producer, member of The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Forty-five years as a member of SAG/AFTRA.

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Joanelle Romero has brought together the entertainment industry’s greatest selection of Native Indigenous directors, designers, photographers, illustrators, experiential artists and more – to create stories from the Native Indigenous perspective. Our work spans decades of authentic storytellers transforming the way people globally see and experience Native Indigenous stories across every medium from social to silver-screen and the deepest part of your heart.

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