Steven Lewis Simpson

The mystery of my most viewed Pine Ridge Indian Reservation video.

It’s been a bit of a surprise to me with all the various video trailers of my movies and documentaries as well as excerpts from my TV series The Hub with some big names in Indian Country that comfortably my most viewed video on Youtube is a little thing I knocked together for the hours of extra features I put on the Rez Bomb DVD (my Pine Ridge love story/thriller movie).

Basically it is a montage of images and footage from around Pine Ridge with my talking over it with some of the stats and background about it. It lasts only 5 mins or so. Currently it has been viewed over 40,000 times, more than double the trailers of Rez Bomb itself. Now I’m perfectly happy with the video as a little side note but on another level it saddens me that it gets most of the attention and not the trailer to my feature documentary about Pine Ridge, A Thunder-Being Nation that I made over 13 years. That trailer is artistically much more evolved but more importantly it is entirely in the words of people from Pine Ridge and not me. I’d much rather see that with the 40,000 views or the clip from an early cut of the doc about housing problems.

For all I know the reason this particular montage gets this traffic is just how youtube places it in results but I also suspect it’s down to how much it’s been shared. I’m not complaining as I am glad of the traffic for any of the work but all those years was put in to help the people of Pine Ridge’s voice be heard rather than my own through this thing I threw together in a few minutes.

Anyway the top rated clip is first followed by the trailers and other clips. Links to trailers to my other projects are in the menu above. our DVD’s are available at amazon or where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience (as discussed in my previous post).

A Thunder-being Nation promo