JOANELLE ROMERO is an award-winning director, producer and writer of film, television and digital. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Screen Actors Guild/Aftra.

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Short-Listed for an Academy Award

Romero received the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award for “the vision to see the truth…and the courage to speak it” (Arpa International Film Festival)

“Like Nelson Mandela, Romero is a prime example of forgiveness in action. Mandela-like, she stands on his mighty global shoulders, calls for oneness, love & what she describes as female energy.” – Ellen Snortland, former Pres. U.N.A. Pasadena Chapter

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Two men learn to confront a traumatic secret they share involving the savage murder of a schoolmate.

Award-winning film nominated at 26th Red Nation International Film Festival for RNCI Red Nation Awards Best Picture, Best Director, Outstanding Actor in Leading role (WINNER Micheal Greyeyes), Outstanding Supporting Actor Chaske Spencer.

‘It was an honor to be cast as Michael Greyeyes mom in Wild Indian, director’s choice. Thank you Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’ – Joanelle Romero

RNCI Red Nation Awards

Nominated for Golden Globes, Gotham Awards, Spirit Awards and Emmy Awards. 


The Red Nation Celebration Institute was founded in 1995 by Joanelle Romero, humanitarian, award-winning filmmaker – short listed for an Academy Award, actor, and member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and SAG/Aftra.

Red Nation Celebration Institute receives the LMGI ‘Trailblazer Award’ 2022
  • Watch LMGI President John Rakich give Land Acknowledgement and Zion White sing an honor song
  • Hear what LMGI VP Alison Taylor and Edward James Olmos have to say about RNCI

Edward James Olmos presenting to Joanelle Romero founder of Red Nation Celebration Institute the LMGI TrailBlazer Award at the LMGI Award Ceremony August 2022.
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