February 13, 2009

Red Nation Film Festival "On the Road"

American Indian films at forefront of pre-Oscar weekRed Nation Film Festival, the premiere American Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles, recently announced “On the Road,” a pre-Oscar event about experiencing American Indian cinema.

At the pre-Oscar event, Los Angeles film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the Oscar-nominated film “Frozen River” and four American Indian film shorts. The screenings will take place Monday, Feb. 16, at Raleigh Studios, from 6-10 p.m., in Hollywood.

Jay Tavare (“Cold Mountain,” “Into the West”) will serve as host for the free event. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.

“Red Nation Film Festival ‘On the Road’ is part of a growing independent film movement to promote American Indian films in cities across the country,” said Joanelle Romero, founder and director of Red Nation Film Festival.
More news from the Red Nation Film Festival:

Red Nation Film Festival announces Native film awards

“Frozen River,” Brando, Obama among winners“Frozen River,” Marlon Brando, Gov. Bill Richardson, and President Barack Obama head the list of award winners recently announced by Red Nation Film Festival.

Oscar nominated and Spirit Award nominee “Frozen River” screened last November at the Fifth Annual Red Film Festival on opening night.

“I love this film; after I watched this film at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past summer, I knew this was the film for our festival,” said founder Joanelle Romero. “I went right up to Melissa Leo and told her ‘your work is Oscar-worthy.’ Sony Picture Classics was very generous to us and let us screen this inspiring work.”

Before the feature screening RNFF presented A Night of Tribute Awards Ceremony and honored Obama with the Red Nation Vision Award, Richardson with the Edward Albert Jr. Indigenous Film Award and Brando with the Brando Award.
Comment:  As you may recall, I attended the opening night of the 2008 Red Nation Film Festival. There I saw the awards presentations and Frozen River.

I talked to Joanelle Romero last Friday about these news items. She had written them as a single press release that was 3-4 pages long. I convinced her to split them into two and make each only one page long.

In fact, I volunteered an hour to reorganize and rewrite the press releases for her. The content is mostly hers, but the organization is mostly mine. I also reminded her to send them to Indian Country Today, which published them.

This is an example of what I do professionally. Namely, work with Natives to write, edit, and disseminate Native news. For me, the achievement is getting two press releases in Indian Country Today where tens of thousands of people will see them. That I can post the items in Newspaper Rock also is only an afterthought.

For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.


Anonymous said...

Its really good that your achievement is getting to press releases in Indian Country.When it is getting published?I wish to read your release! and my best wishes for your sucessfull future.

Anonymous said...

Great to see this post and the work you are doing. Keep it up, getting a press release into Indian Country Today is a great help. The largest indigenous newspaper in the world!

Rob said...

I linked to the press releases in the posting above.

Joanelle reports that her pre-Oscar event had a good turnout: 135 guests and five publicists on a rainy Monday evening. I trust the press releases helped.

Rob said...

A response via e-mail:

You're the best--thanks Rob for your support :)

With Respect
Joanelle Romero