Director: Chris Eyre
1998 – 1hr 29min – Comedy, Drama
Join members of the cast and crew of the critically-acclaimed feature film, SMOKE SIGNALS, including screenwriter Sherman Alexie, for a viewing and panel discussion!
Doors open at 6:30, Film at 7:30
Winner of the Audience Award and the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and the official selection for opening night of the 1998 New Director/New Films, SMOKE SIGNALS was marketed as “the first film to be written, directed, acted, and produced by Native Americans to have a major distribution deal.” It quickly became a critical and financial success, appreciated by Native and non-Native audiences, and is included in many high school and college courses. SMOKE SIGNALS scholar Joanne Heard calls its release “a historical milestone in the development of Native American filmmaking and an innovative work of cinematic storytelling” that “indigenized” mass media.
Nearly twenty years after its release, writer Sherman Alexie and other members of the cast and crew will meet for the first time to discuss the film’s significance.
SMOKE SIGNALS is the story of two Indian men on a journey from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona. Victor (ADAM BEACH) is the stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who has abandoned his family. Thomas (EVAN ADAMS) is a gregarious, goofy young man who lost both his parents in a fire at a very young age. Through storytelling, Thomas makes every effort to connect with the people around him; Victor, in contrast, uses his quiet countenance to gain strength and confidence.
When Victor’s estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Along the way, SMOKE SIGNALS illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another.
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