The LMGI Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee has been hard at work on several fronts, including our partnership with Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) in their Native American Film Career Development Initiative. We are working with RNCI to bring jobs and revenue to Native communities by teaching the art of Location Managing to Native Americans through seminars, panels and other programs.

Our inaugural RNCI program launches with a virtual Master Class on Film & Television Location Scouting and Management career development during this month’s Red Nation International Film Festival, moderated by RNCI Founder/President Joanelle Romero. Panelists include Susan Masten (Founder & Co-President of Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations), LMGI President Mike Fantasia and LMGI members Todd Christensen, Kokayi Ampah and Kristin Dewey.

The Red Nation International Film Festival highlights the best in Native cinema, featuring top films from celebrated Native filmmakers and emerging new talent. This year’s 25thAnniversary festival runs from November 1-30, 2020, and features 106 films, 74 documentaries, 36 films directed by women, 12 student films and 14 Events – including the Locations Master Class, many Filmmakers’ Labs and Forums, a Benefit Concert, and the Red Nation Awards.

The RNCI honored the LMGI and Location Manager Todd Christensen /LMGI during the October 28th press conference announcing the Red Nation Award nominations.

The free Locations Master Class will take place on November 5, 2020 at 3pm PST live on Facebook at For more information about RNCI and to attend the virtual Red Nation International Film Festival, visit

Please support the Red Nation Celebration Institute and the Red Nation International Film Festival by following, liking and sharing their posts on Facebook @RedNationFF, Twitter @NDNCinema, and Instagram @rednationfilmfestival

We look forward to working with RNCI over the coming years for the benefit of Native Americans across the country.

The LMGI DEI Committee