August 20, 2014
UPDATE SECOND SUNRISE, the movie !!!
We’re in Variety Today. http://t.co/lkzwh1i8IO
August 19, 2014 | 1:o0pm
Red Nation Media Staff
DIVERSITY ON THE SILVER SCREEN “SECOND SUNRISE” LEAD BY NATIVE FEMALE DIRECTOR, 95% NATIVE CAST, NATIVE SCREENPLAY, NATIVE PRODUCTION COMPANY.
SECOND SUNRISE, could be the next “Twilight-Saga” franchise. The Romero Company An Indigenous Film Studio has acquired the movie rights of all four books for Joanelle Romero to direct and Red Nation Films.
Producer Rosemary Marks of critically acclaimed feature film “Thirteen” is on board to produce along with Red Nation Films. “For Native films, this is a game-changer” says Rosemary. “It has all the elements—exotic locations, death-defying thrills, and hot Native stars—to be as successful as the Twilight Saga.”
SECOND SUNRISE, is based on the Les Nez series, novels written by David & Aimée Thurlo. “Second Sunrise,” “Pale Death,” “Blood Retribution,” and “Surrogate Evil”.
SECOND SUNRISE A case of plutonium brings a Navajo nightwalker (vampire) and a no-nonsense FBI agent together. While deadly shapeshifters stalk them, Lee Nez and his beautiful partner must stop the power-mad Nazi who created him.
Second Sunrise stars Eddie Spears (Hell on Wheels), Sage Galesi (Dreamkeeper & Steven Spielberg’s Into the West), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters), and A. Martinez (Longmire).
‘Its a great idea they have come up with, it takes the legends that have come out of Europe and puts them up against the stories of skinwalkers/shapeshifters that have arisen in Native American culture, great place to be telling a story, not sure if its been done before, very smart,” states A. Martinez (Longmire).
“Never before has there been an American Indian feature film that has the opportunity to break through at the box office,” states director Joanelle Romero, “Our production company Red Nation Films, a division of The Romero Company (Film Studio) based in Los Angeles will be the first native production company to release four films back to back with this book series.”
Red Nation Films, is building a bankable market, and creating careers for Native American actors, directors and producers with one film every 2-3 years, and this feature film franchise will spearhead this endeavor at a major industry level.
For over 37 years Romero has been directing, producing and acting in the entertainment industry. Romero has been fulfilling her dream and setting goals – to keep the American Indian at the forefront of the entertainment industry and mainstream audiences worldwide with her four companies.
Romero’s hope is that this feature film series and this first feature SECOND SUNRISE, will serve to create native careers at a unprecedented level, educate the nation and shift the collective consciousness toward recognizing indigenous talent and communities.
SECOND SUNRISE is scheduled to shoot in New Mexico March 2015, forexpected late 2015 release.
Romero is best known for her award-winning documentary film American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still be Indian (2000). Romero is not new to this industry. Romero starred in George Harrison critically acclaimed feature film Pow Wow Highway (1989-A Cult Classic), A Girl Called Hatter Fox (first contemporary natïve womens story 1997), and has founded Red Nation Film Festival-The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema (2003-to present), including Red Nation Television Channel (2006-to present) and the longest standing native arts & cultural non-profit in Los Angeles Red Nation Celebration Institute (1995-to present) including founded American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles.
OPEN Casting Call will began in January 2015. Director: Joanelle Romero.
Leads: Eddie Spears (Hell on Wheels), Sage Galesi (Dreamkeeper & Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West”), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters) and A. Martinez (Longmire).
Producer: Rosemary Parks, Joanelle Romero
Screenplay: Carolyn Dunn & E.C. Galesi
Production Designer: Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini
Start Date: March 2015
Filming Location: New Mexico
“SECOND SUNRISE”, an adaptation of David & Aimée Thurlo novel, “Second Sunrise”. The story of a New Mexico State Police Officer Lee Nez, a Navajo vampire. Thanks to the quick work of a Navajo shaman Bowlegs, Lee can walk about in the day and prefers his blood refrigerated-but his vampire nature makes him a magnet for other supernatural entities. Lee suspects that the German vampire who created him during World War II is back in the US, searching for a cache of stolen plutonium. And Lee’s being stalked by the remnants of a pack of Navajo shapeshifters who are literally out for his blood. When the FBI shows up, in the person of the very attractive Diane Lopez, Lee’s problems only increase. He can’t tell Diane that the case she’s looking into involves shapeshifters or that it’s his supernatural abilities that make him such a great cop. And teaming up with Lee could be very hazardous.
Joanelle Romero is represented by People Store Talent Agency.