Steven Lewis Simpson


I’ve noticed a few blogs online in support of Rez Bomb but commenting about how everything seems to get set on Pine Ridge and wishing that more was set in American Indian communities elsewhere.

I wholeheartedly agree and am developing some projects that would do that. My reasons for shooting Rez Bomb are a bit more simple than that. Firstly it is a truly universal story. It was originally written for Edinburgh in Scotland where we actually shot the opening 9 minutes as a promo there years ago. But when I decided to relocate it Pine Ridge seemed the obvious place to me in part because it was in my comfort zone as I’d been to Pine Ridge a few times and had friends there so it wasn’t a step into the unknown.

Visually it is an extraordinary place that I wanted to shoot and also though my budget was small I wanted to spend it in the poorest community where it would do the most good. So Pine Ridge worked for that. Yes Pine Ridge grabs a lot of the limelight but I am sure most people would rather not have that limelight and not have to deal with the severity of the recent history that earned it as well as deal with the ongoing poverty (that exists elsewhere also but on Pine Ridge its like a perfect storm).

Hopefully if we can all build a strong enough grass roots campaign (and you can all help get the word out) for Rez Bomb where it can be successful then we can get back out there and shoot more work in Indian Country.

Tagged on: ,


  1. FilminNewMexico

    I agree, my film is based on a short story that takes place there. I’m putting together a film festival dedicated to Floyd Westerman for my hometown in MN. Working with former Santa Fe festival director here in Santa Fe. More festivals mean more and better films but funding and distribution is still difficult. We probably know man of the same people. Do you ever get to NM? Robert Redford is bringing a Sundance lab here to train Native and Hispanics in filmmaking. Stay in touch,
    Judy Bell

  2. Steph Duncan

    I wish you all the best with Rez Bomb. I’ll be happy to spread the word as part of a grass-roots campaign. There’s a good Canadian Lakota/Cree actor, Michael Obey, who also has projects and is always looking for partners. I’d also love to see more films like the ones Sherman Alexie’s done. Again, all the best to you.

  3. steve Post author

    Hi Judy

    Yeah Rez Bomb played at the Santa Fe Film Festival at the end of last year. I’m sure we do know some of the same people. Yes it is hard at the moment. Am trying to get as much support for the film online as if we don’t make a financial return with this film (which was financed internally) then I won’t be able to justify investing in any of the other films and TV projects we have aimed at a similar market set within Indian Country. So any help putting the word out is greatly appreciated and join us on facebook, Myspace and twitter.

  4. Lakotalady

    Are any of the royalities going to the Pine Ridge Rez? Or are they going to get took like they did with Dances with wolves, getting paid chump change; $200.00 a person to appear while the movie made millions with more Chump Change in royalities! These people need to be treated with respect, and treated like human beings! They need money to feed and clothe themselves! They went for months with no heat in the middle of winter and nobody helped! They were caught up with the Federal Goverment’s crap and got no help from them. When will this change?

    1. steve Post author

      You know I agree with your passion an sentiment about people ignoring the plight of Pine Ridge and the poverty but overall your question angered me for a very simple reason and that is It cost me personally many thousands of dollars to make the film on Pine Ridge. It was originally meant to be shot in Britain but I personally chose to shoot it on Pine Ridge because I wanted to bring economic development. In a film sense it was not practical as there are not experienced actors or crew there but my commitment to Pine Ridge brought it there. I’ve spent three years of my life on it and may never see my investment back and certainly not enough to justify my time.

      Skins spent vastly more about $4 million and a reasonable amount in the area and most of that was lost. Imprint will likely lose money though not so much was shot there. Thunderheart may have broken even but only after millions were put at risk. As with Dances with Wolves, tens of millions were put at risk in a film no-one in Hollywood would invest in, the money came from England, yes it was very successful but it extras were on $200 a day then that’s a good wage for a day on that job. Films never share profits with people that were extras, it would never and could never work. Too expensive to administer etc so if the film is bringing in vast $’s into the local communities through production and since 95% of films loose money and never have royalties to pay out then why should they be obligated unlike any other business to pay those that worked on the films twice?

      We are trying to fight double standards when it comes to race and culture and it would be a double standard to treat the actors in my film of one color,culture,race different than another.

      But as I said at the top of the message I appreciate your passion and concern for justice for those on the reservation. I’ve also spent part of the last 10 years creating an epic feature documentary about Pine Ridge, financed by myself (and I don’t have the money to spare) and I will never break even on it.

  5. Sol Fyre

    I think that its helpful that you as an insider have such transparency with your information. The more individuals are informed of how things work the better they can understand.

  6. steve Post author


    I think the thing is that we all have our individual routes into whatever we end up doing. Though naturally in storytelling we gravitate to the high drama and the most famous stories and places first in part because we’ve got to market the films and try and drum up audiences. And Pine Ridge at least has some profile internationally.

    Also on the people being ripped off being extras in Dances with Wolves, to me is ridiculous if all the extras were paid on a level playing field. You never hear someone who was an extra on Transformers asking for royalty payments 🙂

    It’s going to take much of my next year working on marketing the film to make back the money I’ve spent on the film and that’s without paying myself any wages for the 4 years I’ve spent on the project in total. It’s a crazy business.

  7. Me

    Pine Ridge (home) can use any positive publicity at this time. Recently the New York Times ran some negative but true stuff about gangs in Ridge, also this month a negative feature somewhere in the Atlantic and then the shooting at the Lakota Nation Invitationals. My people are suffering, and everyone is on us. They don’t interview the mothers and grandmothers who have held the same jobs for 30+ years, or us college students pursuing our educations so we can give back to our people. So be kind, and be reasonable. You make it sound as if Pine Ridge were a spoiled child. And we are not.

  8. StevenLewisSimpson Post author

    Many thanks for the response. I do not make Pine Ridge sound like a spoilt child, I am referring to how some other people have responded and wanted to clarify why I shot on Pine Ridge. One of the reasons is that I love it there. Regardless of conditions I have some of my dearest friends there and I have a wonderful time there. In a feature documentary I am making about Pine Ridge all sides are shown including the wonderful OLC and elements like that. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  9. Rich

    Webmaster, I am the admin at We profile SEO Plugins for WordPress blogs for on-site and off-site SEO. I’d like to invite you to check out our recent profile for a pretty amazing plugin which can double or triple traffic for a Worpdress blog. You can delete this comment, I didn’t want to comment on your blog, just wanted to drop you a personal message. Thanks, Rich

  10. Party Bus Rental Philadelphia

    comment2, why not chew adderall xr, >:-], lyme patient stories hoffman blog, 9502, faculty of pharmacy university of lisbon, 192345, newport cigarettes upc coupons for, 314, template cupcake wraps and box, 580, free blackberry 8530 nfl themes, 821, job letter prove of employeement, ywelo, aleve bad effect on heart, 7866, can aspirin make my period come sooner, :]], how to write words and spanish, 87367, holiday pictionary word list, 8[,

  11. Trina Eilbert

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which webhost youre working with? Ive loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a honest price? Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  12. android tablet

    Almost all of what you point out happens to be astonishingly precise and it makes me wonder why I hadn’t looked at this with this light before. Your piece really did switch the light on for me personally as far as this specific subject matter goes. However there is actually just one point I am not too cozy with so while I make an effort to reconcile that with the actual central idea of the point, let me see what the rest of the readers have to say.Nicely done.

  13. Frontierville Missions

    I intended to compose you this very small word to be able to give thanks the moment again over the lovely basics you’ve provided here. It is so extremely generous with you to give unreservedly just what many individuals might have distributed for an ebook to help with making some profit for themselves, most importantly now that you might have done it if you decided. Those strategies likewise acted to become a fantastic way to know that other people have the identical eagerness the same as my very own to realize way more when it comes to this matter. I’m certain there are many more fun instances in the future for individuals that view your site.

  14. Francis Kszaszcz

    I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

  15. baseball bags

    I am not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  16. android tablet

    Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  17. Great Wolf Lodge Coupons

    Hello I definetly adore this write-up and it is too commendable hence I am surely going to tweet it. One thing to say the Indepth analysis you have done is trully exceptional ! Who does that additional research these days? Hats off to You !! Just another suggestion you caninstall a Translator Application for your Global Users 🙂

  18. Streamtorrent

    I think this is among the most significant information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The website style is wonderful, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  19. halloween costumes

    I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site. Studying this info So i’m happy to exhibit that I’ve a very just right uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I so much no doubt will make sure to do not forget this web site and provides it a glance a relentless basis.

  20. tablet 7

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  21. halloween

    Normally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great article.

  22. QRP

    I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  23. bigger erections

    I know I’m a bit late in contributing my thoughts but this specific write-up made me think. It was an absorbing weblog <a href=””>bigger erections submit. I’ve turn out to be a regular reader of the internet site because I came across your website a although again. I can’t say that I agree with every thing you stated however it was emphatically enlightening! I is going to be back once more quickly.

  24. ann summers products

    I’m just writing to let you understand what a remarkable discovery our princess obtained reading through your web site. She discovered too many issues, most notably what it is like to have an amazing helping style to let the rest without hassle comprehend several extremely tough things. You undoubtedly exceeded my desires. Thank you for delivering the important, trusted, informative and also fun guidance on that topic to Kate.

  25. Southwest Promo Code

    Hi I like this post and it is so fabulous and I am gonna save it. I Have to say the Superb analysis you have done is trully remarkable.Who goes that extra mile these days? Well Done 🙂 Just one more tip you caninstall a Translator for your Global Audience …

  26. what is a can

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  27. Athens Hotels

    Thanks for taking time for sharing this article, it was excellent and very informative. as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed. I found a lot of informative stuff in your article. Keep it up. Thank you.

  28. ear plugs

    This blog is definitely rather handy since I’m at the moment creating an internet floral website – although I am only starting out therefore it’s really fairly small, nothing like this site. Can link to a few of the posts here as they are quite. Thanks much. Zoey Olsen

  29. poker gratuit

    The following time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I imply, I do know it was my choice to learn, however I truly thought youd have one thing attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you would repair in the event you werent too busy in search of attention.

  30. Salina Kabler

    Thanks a lot for providing individuals with a very special chance to check tips from this website. It is usually very cool and also packed with amusement for me personally and my office co-workers to search your web site nearly three times weekly to find out the fresh secrets you will have. And of course, we’re always satisfied considering the very good strategies you give. Selected two facts in this post are in fact the most efficient we’ve ever had.

  31. sennheiser headphone

    When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  32. Ivonne Mumford

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your posts, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the excellent work.

  33. Wheatgrass

    hello,if you are being afflicted by low stamina and feel sick and unhealthy. This could be poor eating habits, lack of exercise maybe who knows? Whatever the concern check out Wheatgrass as a natural solution. trust me it really does work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *