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Navajo Documentary Film Tour

by Ramona Emerson


UPDATE: Friends and Supporters!!

We have great news today as we reach the two days left mark on the Navajo Documentary Fund Tour!! Kathleen Fasanella and her company Albuquerque Fashion Incubator has offered to match donation funds up to $700 today to help us reach our stretch goal!! Kathleen has been a supporter of Reel Indian Pictures from the beginning - as a matter of fact, she was my first client ever and now she has really helped us out today! So please share our campaign as we work toward reaching that goal!! 

Kathleen says, "We want people to see that our charitable efforts are congruent with our commitments to community." We look forward to continuing to work with Kathleen and Albuquerque Fashion Incubator. Vister their website at!!

An UPDATE from the tour!!!

A HUGE thank you to all 35 of our supporters. Thanks to you, we have met our minimum goal of $5000! This is an amazing example of artists coming together to support other artists and we could not be more humbled by the amount of support you have shown us. Because of you, the tour has already begun and since this campaign has generated a buzz, we are getting even more requests to come to several additional communities over the next few months. That is why we continue to move toward our stretch goal of $8000.

These additional funds will ensure that we will be able to add additional locations on the reservation but also to travel to additional film festivals that are going to include both films during the same time period as the rest of the tour. The months of October and November depend on raising these extra funds that will help us to travel with our films – something that we have rarely been able to do. In addition, these extra funds will help us to continue our online outreach through both of our websites by helping us to pay for the additional work needed to maintain our interactive websites.

Thank you again for all of your support. We could not do this tour without you.

Ramona and Sarah


The Navajo Documentary Film  Tour is an effort to get two new films by two Navajo women directors out into the  Navajo community.

The films The Mayors of Shiprock and Metal Road were filmed almost exclusively on the Navajo reservation and tell stories about the people who call it home.  Often because of the remoteness and lack of access and support, these films don't make it out into these communities. We would like to change that.

To watch the trailer of The Mayors of Shiprock click here

To watch the trailer of Metal Road click here.

Both of these films hold important stories and histories of the Diné people and our goal is to share the films with as many communities as possible. So far, we have at least 10 venues for our tour. 

The monies raised would be used for travel (flights, gas, lodging)  for both directors and the subjects of their films. Sarah Del Seronde will need to make the trip from Montreal three times and the subjects of our documentaries all travel from long distances to make it to the venues. We will need to start raising funds as soon as possible so we can secure travel ahead of time.The tour is broken up into two separate legs in June and then in the fall. We've had a bit of support from Vision Maker Media to help us get started but we need funds to continue it.



June 21st  Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint , New Mexico

June 23rd  KIMO Theater, Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 24th  Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock Arizona

June 25th  Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona



Screenings at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.



Gallup Indian Ceremonial - Film Showcase August 4, 2017.

NATIVE CINEMA SHOWCASE in Santa Fe, New Mexico (during Indian Market.)



Navajo Prepatory School, Farmington, New Mexico

San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico

Diné College, Shiprock, New Mexico


Dates TBA

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Tuba City, Arizona



Getting these films out into our community is essential and important to us as directors. We want to share our stories/films with our community and to also speak with Navajo students about careers in the film industry.  We know the limitations of their remoteness of the Navajo reservation, but we will continue to work to secure more ways to share these stories on the reservations around New Mexico and Arizona. Thank you so much for your support of this project.  Sharing our films on the reservation has always been a challenge for us and with your support, we can make it happen.

Thank you so much for your support of this project.  Sharing our films on the reservation has always been a challenge for us and with your support, we can make it happen.

Help spread the word!

Check out the below perks made available for your donations.

$250 Perk Level - Official signed poster from "The Mayors of Shiprock"


$500 Perk Level - Below are two images of the original artwork by artist B. Emerson.