“A trailblazing filmmaker wants to make sure Native stories have their place in the American narrative” (The Media Disruptors)
When Joanelle Romero stepped onto the set of “The Girl Called Hatter Fox,” she made history.
She was the first Native American to carry a lead role in a contemporary film, which aired on TV in 1977. It was also the first modern, Native woman story produced in the United States.
Romero was born into Hollywood, the daughter of an actress, Rita Rogers, who starred in Elvis Presley movies. At the age of 12, Dennis Hopper became Romero’s legal guardian. Yet her story is more than a laundry list of movie industry name drops.