Originally from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Yvonne Russo has been a producer since 1996, working on narrative and documentary features as well as short films. She gained industry notice by producing the highly acclaimed feature film Naturally Native, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received multiple festival awards around the world. Russo then gained industry admiration when she took on a self-distribution campaign, which lead a national theatrical release with major exhibitors across the country for the film. Russo received the producer of the year award from American Indian Film Institute as well as Outstanding Achievement in Producing by First Americans in the Arts. Russo also received a nomination for Movie Guide’s Epiphany Award for producing Naturally Native, which received the Prism Award for Best Film. Russo serves on the Diversity Committee for the Producers Guild of America, is an active member of Women in Film, Independent Feature Project West, and The Screen Actors Guild.
Tribeca All Access® | 2005