During the Santa Fe International Film Festival in December there was a wonderful moment in my life when I did the Q&A after the film with one of the films stars and my friend Russell Means. It was great on a number of fronts but firstly it was the first time Russell had seen the film and during the Q&A he said about how surprised he was with the film as I shot the film so quickly with such a tiny crew that he thought it was impossible that something good could be made that way LOL so he was very surprised by the end result and greatly complimented how good that it looked and the quality of the editing that pulls all the different strands of the story seamlessly together.
But he also spoke of how wonderful it was to see a contemporary film with American Indians where they are just people “when do you ever see that?” he said. Where there’s not any alcoholics or old mystics but just ordinary people in a movie’s story who just happen to be Lakota.
For me it was a wonderful part of my personal journey to create a film for a mainstream audience to enjoy but that also pushes the breadth of contemporary set American Indian films and for it to be so embrassed by the American Indian and First Nations audiences.
There certainly are some subtle things in the narrative that only people on a Rez will get but they are very much in the layers and do not detract from anyone’s enjoyment of the exciting story.
The DVD is now available for pre-order now with almost 4 hours of extra features exclusively through the shop on www.rezbomb.com and there is free shipping being offered on those pre-orders.