IN THE NEWS 2021
USA Today by Sammy Gibbons These award shows honor diverse communities often overlooked by Oscars, Golden Globes
Pre-Oscar Screening Series is a presented by Red Nation International Film Festival and held during Native Women in Film *Festival (NWIF) founded 2009, every year NWIF screens award-winning films made of/about North American Indian, Canada First Nation Peoples, and International Indigenous Peoples, our mission is to keep American Indian Image at the forefront of the Motion Picture Industry.
In respect to the The Academy Awards, Red Nation International Film Festival thought we’d share some facts of this ground-breaking history of American Indian Oscar Winners and Nominees.
1970, Chief Dan George was the first Native American nominee for a worthy performance in ‘Little Big Man’
1973, Marlon Brando took a stand for American Indian Image and the Industry’s treatment of American Indian in not accepting the Oscar for “Godfather’ instead sent Sacheen Littlefeather to speak on his behalf.
There have only been two Native ACTORS to be nominated for an Oscar;
Chief Dan George for his role in the 1970 Little Big Man
Graham Greene for his roles in the 1991 Dance with Wolves
There has only been one Native MUSICIAN to *WIN* an Oscar;
1982, Buffy St Marie – Best Music, Original Song for An Officer and a Gentleman, For the song “Up Where We Belong”.
There has only been one Native FILMMAKER to be short-listed for an Oscar;
2000, Joanelle Romero’s (actor/director/producer/founder of Red Nation International Film Festival/Native Women in Film) documentary short, American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian, narrated by Edward Asner, makes the Academy’s Documentary shortlist in preliminary round. This documentary is the first and only film that compares Hitler’s attempted genocide of German Jews with the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians and the lasting effects on the culture today.
Romero is the only Native filmmaker to date that was short-listed for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Branch. Romero is the first Native filmmaker to receive in 2005 the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award for “the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it.” Romero in 2016 is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, being the first Native woman to be invited.
Romero’s film was entered into the The Academy Awards for OSCAR consideration in 2000. 22 short films were entered that year, then Academy’s Documentary Short Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting “9 were chosen for consideration” American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian was part of that 9 chosen. Then five were nominated. Before the film was removed from Youtube it had reached 3 million views. You can watch this award-winning film on Red Nation Television Network https://rednationtv.com/
*** These are federally recognized tribes that the actors, filmmaker and musician are from.