An Extra in the Indie-Film Trenches of ‘Red Hand’

I recently had the pleasure of participating as an extra in Rod Pocowatchit's new feature-length movie Red Hand, filmed this September and October in Wichita, KS. Read the director's article about the dilemmas faced by indie filmmakers. In Pocowatchit's own words, the film is about "a man with the power to heal who time-travels from … Continue reading An Extra in the Indie-Film Trenches of ‘Red Hand’

Rediscovering ‘Daughter of Dawn’

Is Daughter of Dawn an Indigenous film? Questions of authenticity and cultural representation often arise in Native American/Indigenous Cinema. Going back to Barry Barclay's inception of the Fourth Cinema as Indigenous Cinema (in Barclay's words, "with a capital 'I'"), Daughter of Dawn can be added to the category of Indigenous Cinema despite being made by … Continue reading Rediscovering ‘Daughter of Dawn’

Article: Surviving the Apocalypse, Part 2: ‘The Dead Can’t Dance’

Rodrick Pocowatchit’s The Dead Can’t Dance (2010) is a comedy/zombie film about a Comanche family that must band together and fight for survival as the world’s non-Native population inexplicably turns into flesh-eating zombies. The film is the first in the now-exhausted zombie genre to feature main characters that are Native American. Similar to Jeff Barnaby’s … Continue reading Article: Surviving the Apocalypse, Part 2: ‘The Dead Can’t Dance’

ARTICLE: Rondeaux’s Unconventional Realism

Sterlin Harjo‘s new film Mekko has started a successful run on the film festival circuit, where it had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in mid-September. The film tells the story of Mekko, a Creek man who’s been paroled after … Continue reading ARTICLE: Rondeaux’s Unconventional Realism