Recent and In Production
(2005). Director: Larry Blackhorse
Lowe. Two young Navajo explore their relationship as they
travel across the Navajo landscape towards home. Featuring: Livandrea
Knoki as Aria Clyde, Sheldon Silentwalker as Andrei
Bedonie, Ernest Tsosie III as Ernest, Carmelita B. Lowe
as Aunt, Larry A. Lowe as Uncle, and Corey
Allison as John.
All Hat (in producton) Director: Leonard Farlinger.
Writer: Brad Smith. Ray Dokes, a charming ex-ballplayer, returns
from jail to his rural Ontario home and outwits a corrupt and
wealthy thoroughbred owner trying to take over a slew of local
farms. Starring Luke Kirby as Dokes, and featuring Gary
Farmer as Billy Caan and Graham
Greene as Jim Burns.
Amber's Story (2006) TV. Director: Keoni Waxman.
Featuring Wayne Charles Baker as Tribal Police Chief Fowler.
Animal (2005) Director: David J. Burke. Animal,
a violent street gang member, played by Ving Rhames, returns from
prison to find his son engaged in crime. Features Wes
Studi as Creeper.
Avatar (in production) Director: James Cameron.
In the future Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another
planet. Featuring Wes Studi.
Bone Eater (in production) TV. Director: Jim Wynorski.
An ancient Native American legend of the Bone Eater comes to life
and begins terrorizing towns people. Featuring Michael Horse
as Storm Cloud.
Bones: "The Man in the Bear" (2005).
TV series/Season I/Episode 4. Director: Allan Kroeker. Featuring
Steve Reevis as Ranger
Bottom's Up (2006) Director: Erik MacArthur. A
Minnesota bartender who arrives in Los Angeles to try to help
his father raise money to save his small restaurant gets a taste
of the scandalous lifestyles of the Hollywood high society Featuring
Adam Beach as Jesus
Breakfast with Scot (in production)
Director: Laurie Lynd. They have a committed relationship when
unexpectedly they are required to raise 11-year-old Scot. Featuring
Graham Greene as Bud
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (in
production) Director: Yves Simoneau. Starring Aidan Quinn as Henry
Dawes, August Schellenberg as Sitting Bull, Gordon
Tootoosis as Red Cloud, and Adam
Beach as Charles Eastman.
California Indian (in production). Producers and
Directors of Photography: Chris
Eyre and Duane Allen Humeyestewa. Writer: Tim
Ramos. Featuring Gil Birmingham as Charles "Chi"
Thomas, Gary Farmer
as Rich Knight and Timothy Ramos as Nick.
El Camino (in production) Director: Erik S. Weigel.
A road trip to Mexico and self-discovery for a group of 30-somethings
follows the death of a friend. Starring Wes
Studi as Dave.
Capote (2005) With an Academy Award-winning performance
by Philip Seymore Hoffman as the New York writer Truman Capote,
this award-winning film was co-produced by Eagle Vision, Inc.,
a leading Aboriginally-owned production company in Canada.
Charmed: "Payback's a Witch" (2006) TV
series/Season 8/Episode 12. Director: Mel Damski. The Halliwell
sisters, descended from a line of witches, are held hostage in
a bank by a mortal who is controlled by demons. Featuring Gil
Birmingham as an Indian chief (uncredited).
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (in production).
Director: Bob Clark. Horror movie featuring Adam
Beach as Johnny.
Clean Fight (2006) (TV) Director: Bob Fugger. First
Nations kick boxing champion Trevor "The Red Dragon"
Queezenence deals with diabetes and his ambitions. Starring Nathaniel
Arcand as Trevor and Stefany Mathias as Janet Moore.
Comanche Moon (in production) TV miniseries. Director:
Simon Wincer. Writer: Larry McMurtry. Starring Barbara Bartleson
as Buffalo Hump Woman, Adam Beach
as Blue Duck, Eddie Spears
as Qannah Parker, and Wes Studi
as Buffalo Hump. With Tatanka Means as Slipping Weasel,
David Midthunder as Famous Shoes, Aldred Montoya
as Three Birds and Anthony Parker as Quick Antelope.
Cosmic Radio (in production) Director/writer: Stephen
Savage. Featuring Irene Bedard as K.C., Wes
Studi as Sheriff Nighthorse, and Gil Birmingham
as Tribal Council leader.
Crying 4 U (in production) Director: James A. Brooks.
Love at first sight between two talented musicians results in
a twisted love affair and tragedy. Featuring Simon Baker
as Joey and Gary Busey as Frosty.
Da Vinci's City Hall (2005-6) TV series.
Directors: Stefan Pieszczynski, Charles Martin Smith, Stephen
Surjik. In a dramatic series set in Vancouver, in 3 episodes the
character of Cage is played by Nathanial Arcand and in
7 episodes the character of Councillor Jason Horne is played by
Evan Adams. With Wayne
Baker as Detective Linehan.
Da Vinci's Inquest (1998-2005) TV
series. Created by Chris Haddie. In various episodes featuring
Wayne Charles Baker and Byron Chief-Moon.
Disappearances (2006). Director: Jay
Craven. Desperate to save their farm, a father and son embark
on a whiskey running adventure in the Canadian wilderness. Featuring
Gary Farmer as an inscrutable
whiskey smuggler, Henry Coville.
Doomstown (2006) TV. Director: David
Sutherland. Gritty inner city thriller made about Toronto's Jamestown
neighborhood. With Gary Farmer.
Dreamweaver (pre-production) Writer:
Candace Gosch. Starring Jay Tavare.
Eagle vs. Shark (2007) Director: Taika
Waititi. This first feature by an award-winning Maori
director tells the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the
ways they try to find love.
Eight Below (2006) Director: Frank
Marshall. Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explores to leave their
team of sled dogs and return later to rescue them. Featuring August
Schellenberg as Mindo.
Elijah (in production) TV. Director:
Paul Unwin. Featuring Billy Merasty as Elijah Harper, Tina
Louise Bomberry as Elizabeth Harper and Gary
Farmer as Ray. Produced by Eagle Vision Inc., Canada's
first Aboriginally-owned studio.
The Englishman's Boy (in production)
TV miniseries. Director: John N. Smith. A movie producer tries
to track down an elusive Western star. Starring Bob Hoskins with
Tantoo Cardinal and
Expiration Date (2006) Director: Rick
Stevenson. Charlie Silvercloud III carries around a family curse.
With eight days left to live, he meets a girl who won't let him
die in peace.
The Fallen Ones (2005) TV. Director:
Kevin VanHook. An archaeologist finds the mummified remains of
a demonic giant, and must stop the terror he has unleashed. Features
Saginaw Grant as Joseph.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Director: Clint Eastwood.
Starring Adam Beach as
Ira Hayes, the Pima Indian who gained fame for helping raise the
American flag over Iwo Jima island in World War II, but died ill
and in poverty only a few years later.
Formosa (2005) Director and co-writer: Noah Kadner.
A struggling filmmaker spends his last dollars on a mysterious
con man he mistakes for a Method actor. Featuring Saginaw Grant
as Red Hightower.
Four Sheets to the Wind (2007) Director/writer:
Sterlin Harjo. Cufe
must deal with his father's suicide, and the needs of his family,
as he begins to shape the direction his own life will take. Starring
Cody Lightning as Cufe Smallhill, Jeri Arredondo
as Cora Smallhill, and Richard Ray Whitman as Frankie Smallhill.
For her role as Miri Smallhilll, Tamara
Podemski won Special Jury Award for Best Actress at the
2007 Sundance Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere.
Frozen River (in production) Director: Courtney
Hunt. Near a little-known border crossing on a Mohawk reservation,
two single mothersone white, one Mohawkare drawn into
the world of border smuggling.
Frozen Stupid (2006). Director: Richard Brauer.
A young man lies in order to go ice fishing, and the lies compound
themselves. Featuring Kimberly Norris as Stormy,
Funny Farm (in production). Director: Mary McGuckian.
Featuring Gary Farmer
as Bob and David Midthunder as David/Bartender, and Russell
Ghost Dance (2005). Director: Allen Blumberg. A
mystery featuring David Midthunder as Ray and Georgina
Lightning as Tani.
Going the Distance (2004). Director: Mark Griffiths.
Nick, a staid young man, finds his life upside down when his fiancé
falls for another man and his surfer friends take him on a road
trip. Features August Schellenberg as Emile.
The Green Chain (in production). TV. Director:
Mark Leiren-Young. The battle between loggers and environmentalists
in Canada. Featuring August Schellenberg as John Clements.
Hank Williams First Nation (2005). Director and
writer: Aaron James Sorensen. A Cree elder decides he must travel
by bus from his reserve in northern Canada to the American South
to visit the grave of Hank Williams. Starring Gordon
Tootoosis as Adelard Fox and Stacey Da Silva as
Hank Williams' First Nation (2006) TV series. Director/producer/writer:
Aaron James Sorenson. Produced in association with the Aboriginal
Peoples Television Network. A 6-part series continues the story
begun in Sorenson's feature film of the same name. Starring Gordon
Tootoosis and Edna Rain as Adelard and Vivian Fox,
grandparents to Sarah and Jacob, played by Teneil Whiskeyjack
and Colin Van Loon.
Ibid (in production) Director: Gregory Bayne. With
Heather Rae as Billy Jo
and Cody Lightning as Apple-Breasted Tranny.
Intervention (in production) aka Funny Farm.
Director: Mary McGuckian. Starring Andie McDowell with Gary
Farmer as Bob.
Into the West (2005) TV miniseries. A 12-hour series,
directed by 6 different directors, has been produced by TNT in
association with Dreamworks Television (Executive Producer is
Steven Spielberg). It recounts the story of the settling of the
American West from two distinct perspectives by chronicling the
lives of two families, one Native American, and the other non-Native
settlers. The series features well-known and emerging Native actors
including Simon R. Baker, Irene Bedard, Tonantzin Carmelo, Graham
Greene, George Leach, Zahn McClamon, Michael Spears, Wes
Studi, Jay Tavare, Gordon
Tootoosis, and Sheila Tousey.
It Waits (2005). Director: Steven R. Monroe. A
suspenseful tale of a Native American legend come to life, in
the form of a creature now unleashed and stalking a young woman
ranger. Featuring Eric Schweig as Joseph Riverwind, Samaya
Jardey as Ozeta Riverwind, Tinsel Korey as Lark Rainwater, and
Saginaw Grant as Chief Standing Bear.
JAG: "Whole New Ball Game" (2004) TV
series/Season 10/Episode 4. The cases of Harmon Rabb, former Navy
fighter pilot, and his fellow JAG lawyers. Features Adam
Beach as Marcus Tillicum and Michael Horse as Wolf
Johnny Tootall (2005). TV. Director: Shirley
Cheechoo (Cree). A former soldier returns from a haunting
tour in Bosnia to his community on western Vancouver Island, to
find his estranged brother engaged in a struggle to preserve sacred
lands from lumbering interests. Starring Adam
Beach as Johnny, Nathanial Arcand as his brother,
Alex Rice as Serena, and
Sheila Tousey as the
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006) Directors:
Zacharias Kunuk and
Norman Cohn. An account of Avva, the last great shaman of Igloolik
in the Arctic Circle of Canada, and his daughter, drawn from the
1920's documentation by the Danish/Inuit explorer Rasmussen. Starring
Pakak Innuksuk as Avva, Leah Angutimarik as Apak,
and Natar Ungalaaq as Nuqallaq.
Juliana and the Medicine Fish (in production) Director:
Jeremy Torrie. A father
tries to save his troubled fishing lodge and his relationship
with his 12-year-old daughter, who uncovers an ancient secret
in the waters near the lodge. Featuring Gordon
Tootoosis as John Smoke, Alex
Rice as Gabby and Andrea Menard as Maggie Saunders.
The Jury: "Lamentation on the Reservation"
(2004). TV series/Season 1/Episode 9. Director: Barry Levinson.
Featuring Michael Greyeyes as Ty Sawyer and Sheila
Tousey as Sherry Conrad.
The L Word (2006) TV series. In "Losing the
Light" Evan Adams
portrays Dr. Bell.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2007) TV series/Season
8. In several episodes, Adam
Beach portrays Det. Chester Lake.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2003-2004).
TV series/Season 4-6. In various episodes of a dramatic series
set in New York, including "Obscene," "Birthright,"
"Painless," "Coerced," and "Soulless,"
the character of Judge Danielle Larsen is played by Sheila
Legend of Secret Pass (in production) Animation.
Director: Steve Trenbirth. A CGL animated movie inspired by American
Indian mythology, with Graham
Greene as the voice of Granpa.
A Lobster Tale (2006). Director: Adam Massey. Featuring
Graham Greene as Sheriff.
Luna: Spirit of the Whale (in production) TV. Director:
Don McBrearty. Featuring Adam
Beach as Mike Maquinna, Tantoo
Cardinal as Gloria Maquinna, and Graham
Greene as Bill Lovis.
Miracle at Sage Creek (2005). Director: James Intveld.
Two families overcome prejudice and tragedy in 1880's Wyoming
when a Christmas miracle saves a small boy's life. Featuring Irene
Bedard as Sunny and Wes Studi
as Chief Thomas.
Moose TV (2007) TV series/Season I. Director: Tim
Southam. Producer: Ernest Webb.
A situation comedy about the launching of a TV station in the
fictional town of Moose in northern Quebec, with First Nations
creators and cast. Starring Nathanial Arcand as Clifford,
Adam Beach as George,
Gary Farmer as Gerry,
Michelle Latimer as Robin, and Jennifer
Podemski as Alice.
Mr. Soul (2006) Director/writer: Jeremy
Torrie. A serial killer preys on prostitutes on the mean
streets of a small mid-western city. Featuring Dellarees Sawanash
as Shelley, Eric Schweig as Steve Lonethunder, April Seenie
as Shirley, Rachel Seenie as Georgina, and Gordon
Tootoosis as Clifford.
My Name Is Earl (2005) TV series/Season I. In 2
episodes Dakota is played by Saginaw Grant.
The New World (2005). Director: Terrence Malick.
In a visually stunning film, English soldiers land in the world
of the Powhatan Indians to establish a colony at what will become
Jamestown and Captain John Smith finds his life saved by Pocahontas.
Starring Colin Farrell as John Smith, Q'orianka Kilcher
as Pocahontas, Irene Bedard as her mother, August Schellenberg
as Powhatan, and Wes Studi
Numb3rs: "Bones of Contention" (2005)
TV series/Season 2/Episode 10. A crime drama features Graham
Greene as Chief James Clearwater and Michael Greyeyes
as Thomas Morris
One Dead Indian (2006). TV. Director: Tim Southam.
Stoney Point Natives assemble for what began as a peaceful protest
to reclaim a burial ground, turned into a killing at the hands
of a Provincial Police officer. Starring Eric Schweig as
Sam George, Dakota House as Dudley George, Gordon
Tootoosis as Clifford George, Gary
Farmer as Judas George, and featuring Jennifer
Podemski as Gina and Alan Windstorm Maytwayashing
as Ted Abraham.
One Night with You (2006) Director: Joe d'Augustine.
Jake is in deep with his bookie accepts a job finding a reclusive
author. Featuring Gary Farmer
as the bookie Momo.
Pathfinder (2006). Director: Marcus Nispel. A Viking
boy left behind after his clan battles with a Native American
tribe leads his adopted people in their fight against the Norsemen.
Starring Jay Tavare as BlackWing and featuring Nathaniel
Arcand as Wind in Tree, Wayne Baker as Indian father,
Moon Bloodgood as StarFire, Russell Means as Pathfinder.
Based on the award-winning Norwegian film of the same name by
Sami director Nils Gaup.
Prey (in production). Director: Chris Rhinehart.
Featuring the voices of Michael Greyeyes as Tommy Hawk
and Crystle Lightning as Jen.
Pushing Up Daisies (in production) Director: Chaz
Thorne. A guy teams up with an attractive embalmer and hatches
a plan to turn a failing funeral home into a thriving business.
With Graham Greene as
The Rain Makers (2005). Director: Ray Ellingsen.
A man returned from the Vietnam War discovers corruption in his
small home town in Arizona, and gathers a rag tag group of unique
individuals who reluctantly come together to protect the town.
Featuring Apesanahkwat as Joe Crying Eagle.
The Reawakening (2004). Director/writer: Diane
Fraher (Osage). Summoned by an elder to defend a childhood
friend charged with homicide, and sent by his law firm to represent
a new client seeking to build a casino, an Onondaga lawyer leaves
his comfortable life in New York City to return to his reservation
community. Starring Michael Greyeyes as Robert Doctor,
Apesanahkwat as Henry Johnson, Billy Daydodge as
Jess Richards, Dawn Jamieson as Muriel Good Voice, and
Chief Irving Powless, chairman of the Onondaga tribe, as
Sleepdancer (2005). Director: Rodrick Pocowatchit.
Unfolding the mystery of a mute Native American man who only finds
solace from the past when he dances in his sleep. Featuring Ben
Pocowatchit as Ben Running Scout, Mark Wells as Derek
Smith, Rodrick Pocowatchit as Tommy, Deanie Eaton
as Gladys Running Scout, and Julie Ann Baker as Rosella
The Sopranos: "Christopher" (2002). TV
series/Season IV/Episode 3. Director: Timothy Van Patten. Sylvio
and Ralphie plan to take action when they learn that a group of
Native Americans plan to protest the annual Columbus Day parade.
Featuring Nick Chinlund as Chief Doug Smith, Irma Estelle LaGuerre
and Sami Sargent as Native American Women, Robert Salas as Native
American Man and Philip Ng as an American Indian protester.
The Sopranos: "Sentimental Education"
(2004). TV series/Season V/Episode 6. Director: Peter Bogdanovich.
Featuring Kimberly Norris as Dealer #1.
The Space Between All Things (in production). Director:
Randy Redroad. Producers:
Heather Rae and Yvonne
Russo. Writer: Russell Friedenberg. A dying miner looking
for redemption, travels from Pancake, Nevado to Trinidad, California,
in this unique take on contemporary America. Starring Evan
Adams as Bird, Tantoo
Cardinal as Rosa, Russell Friedenberg as Jute, Cody
Lightning as Jaxon, Kimberly Norris as Nita, and John
Trudell as Walter.
The Spirit Bear (in production) Animation. Director:
Leon Joosen. Starring Graham
Greene as Lloyd MacKenzie.
That Beautiful Somewhere (2006) Director: Robert
Budreau. A detective and an archeologist become involved with
the healing powers of a swamp, and develop a deep bond. Starring
A Thousand Roads
(2005). Director: Chris Eyre.
Native community stories from Canada, US and Latin America.
Three Priests (in production). Director: Jim Comas
Cole. A Western features Wes
Studi as Ben.
Tillamook Treasure (2006). Director: Jane Beaumont
Hall. In a memorable summer a on an island off the Oregon coast,
a 14-year-old girl discovers the story of Spanish treasure and
the life of the Native people who once lived there. Featuring
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman as Standing Elk, the
fried of Grandpa Kimbell, played by Max Gail.
Unearthed (in production). Director: Matthew Leutwyler.
After a crash on a highway in New Mexico, people start disappearing
and animals and nature begin to die. Featuring Tonantzin Carmelo
as Nodin and Russell Means as Grandpa.
Unnatural & Accidental (2006). Director: Carl
Bessai. A woman investigates her mother's disappearance and is
drawn into the mysteries of ten missing Native women and their
killer. Script by Marie Clements, based on her play The Unnatural
and Accidental Women. Featuring Carmen Moore as Rebecca, Tantoo
Cardinal as Aunt Shadie/Rita, Marie Clements as
Roberta Casey, Margo Kane as Mavis, Michelle Thrush
as Leslie Peters/Jane Doe I, and Trina Sxwithul'Txw as
Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005).
Director: Dean Bennett. Featuring Nathaniel Arcand as the
World's Fastest Indian (2005). Director: Roger
Donaldson. The life story of a New Zealander who spent years building
a 1920 Indian motorcycle and in 1967 sets a national land speed
record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Starring Anthony Hopkins
as Burt Monro and Saginaw Grant as Jake.
For More Information
- The March/April 2006 issue of Native Peoples
features "Tantoo Cardinal: Leading Woman of Native Cinema,"
pp. 38-41, a conversation between Cardinal and reporter Brian
- The cover of the January/February 2006 issue of Native
Peoples features emerging actress Q'orianka Kilcher,
star of The New World (director: Terence Malik). In this
issue the film is reviewed in an article by Deborah Boehm.
- In American Indian's Fall 2005 issue,
"Wes Studi" by Wendy Banks, pp. 24-28, profiles the
award-winning actor, whose most recent role is playing a key
figure of the Powhatan Confederacy in The New World (director:
Terence Malick. To be released Winter 2005). In the past ten
and a half years Studi has "played troubled heroes, cynical
cops, and well-meaning villains oppositie Hollywood luminaries
from Al Pacino to Ben Stiller."
- In American Indian's Summer 2005 issue,
"Q&A: Chris Eyre" by Micol Marotti, pp. 38-44,
features an interview with the "trailblazing filmmaker
(who) works to break down Native stereotypes in movies."
A sidebar article profiles the new NMAI film directed by Eyre,
"A Thousand Roads: A Global Story that Connects Us All."
- The cover photograph of the July/August 2005 issue of
Native Peoples features the famous activist,
musician and actor, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, profiled in an
article by Daniel Gibson, pp. 36-38.
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