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Red Nation Celebration Institute Partners with Outfest: Celebrating Pride and Native Indigenous Representation in Two New Films

In celebration of the film This Place, an LQBTQIA+ Indigenous love story Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) is proud to announce its partnership with Outfest film festival, which has been a major platform for four decades. Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF), the largest Native Indigenous film festival globally, is celebrating its 28th season.

“Outfest is thrilled to partner with the Red Nation Celebration Institute to get the word out about these absolutely vital films with characters that exist at the intersection of queer and indigenous identities. We look forward to our communities celebrating together and hope this signals many more partnerships to come”

Red Nation Celebration Institute is delighted to join forces with Outfest once again, showcasing two significant films: Fancy Dance and This Place.

Founder of RNIFF, Joanelle Romero, will be present at the screenings, offering a few words on behalf of the festival.

“The RNCI board of directors wholeheartedly embraces this partnership with Outfest. As the longest-running Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry, it is crucial for RNCI to continue its mission and establish collaborations with organizations that share the goal of uplifting and amplifying our native narrative to the world”

#TogetherWeCan, Red Nation Celebration Institute and Outfest are committed to celebrating diversity, inclusion and authentic representation in the film industry. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in promoting pride and representation for both the LGBTQIA+ and indigenous communities, fostering a powerful alliance that we hope will inspire future joint endeavors.

This Place will be shown on July 14 at the Directors Guild of America at 7:15 PM. Click to visit the Event & Ticket Page.

Film Synopsis: Though still emotionally tied to the Mohawk community where her mother raised her, Kawenniióhstha (Reservation Dogs’ Devery Jacobs) pursues her dreams of being a poet by moving to Toronto: the city where her estranged Iranian father happens to live, a city where she can begin to explore the other side of who she is. Malai (newcomer Priya Guns) is also estranged from her father, but now that he’s battling terminal cancer, she begins tries to repair her relationship with him, the one remaining link she has to her Tamil roots. But when the two young women lock eyes in a laundromat and sparks fly. As they grow closer, the weight of family and culture — which bear legacies of loss, migration, and displacement — complicate the growing intimacy they share. In her feature directorial debut, co-written with Jacobs and Golshan Abdmoulaie, V.T. Nayani crafts a nuanced love story of beautiful specificity and tenderness.

Fancy Dance will also be screened and celebrated on July 15th 7:15 PM. Visit the Event & Ticket Page.

Film Synopsis: With her first narrative feature, director Erica Tremblay crafts a moving family drama about community, sisterhood, and Native identity. Lily Gladstone gives a standout performance as Jax, a queer Native woman scraping by as best she can while struggling to keep her family together. When Jax’s troubled sister disappears and law enforcement responds by threatening to remove Jax’s teenage niece Roki (impressive newcomer Isabel Deroy-Olson) from her home — quietly highlighting the oppressiveness of institutions like the FBI that prioritize the safety of white citizens over the Indigenous people who were the first to live on the land — Jax hits the road with Roki to find answers. As their journey deepens and complicates their bond, these two remarkable women provide a sense of warmth that makes Fancy Dance linger in the heart long after the credits roll.

Visit Outfest for more film screenings. Visit RNIFF for this year’s 28th Festival November 1-30. 2023. Film submissions are open, with a deadline of August 1st.


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