The Red Nation Celebration Institute, whose efforts include training Native Americans to be location professionals and tribal film liaisons, will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International at the 9th Annual LMGI Awards.
At the ceremony, August 27 at the Los Angeles Center Studios, the guild will honor the Institute’s “initiatives to promote inclusivity in the film industry and generate revenue for Indigenous communities, to enhance their knowledge of and sensitivity to Indigenous culture.” to embrace them, and to make them invaluable to film productions and their own indigenous communities.”
Founder and President Joanelle Romero will receive the award on behalf of RNCI. Her mother was an actress in several Elvis movies and Joanelle Romero followed in her footsteps. She was cast as the lead in George Harrison’s Powwow highway and was the first Indigenous filmmaker to be shortlisted for an Academy Award for American Holocaust: When it’s all over, I’ll still be Indian.
RNCI represents more than 570 Native Nations and supports Indigenous and Indigenous content creators through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network and Red Nation International Film Festival, including films directed by women through its Native Women in Film & Television in All Media.
“The Red Nation Celebration Institute has worked to break down the barriers of racism by creating systemic change through media and pop culture to eliminate Native American stereotypes,” said Guild President and Prize Committee Chairman John Rakich. “Their vision for the future of cinema is one in which Indigenous Indigenous perspectives are authentically portrayed, recognized and valued in a way that promotes strong authentic Indigenous identities, economic outcomes, justice and well-being for all Indigenous communities. We are excited to honor them this year with the LMGI Trailblazer Award.”