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Smoke Signals  (1998) / Tenacity  (1994)

Smoke Signals (1998)
October 4, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Chris Eyre.

Smoke Signals (U.S./Canada, 1998)

Directed by
Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho).

Director Chris Eyre’s monumental first feature—also the first commercially released American feature written, directed and co-produced by Native American people— presents two young Native men, stoic Victor and nerdy Thomas, who journey from the Couer-d’Alene reservation to retrieve the ashes of Victor’s long-lost father.  The road trip deepens the pair’s tenuous friendship, as they explore their Native identity and confront past traumas with courage and humor.

Shadow Catcher Entertainment.  Producer: Scott Rosenfelt, Larry Estes.  Based on a novel by Sherman Alexie.  Screenwriter: Sherman Alexie.  Cinematographer: Brian Capener.  Editor: Brian Berdan.  Cast: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal.

35mm, color, 89 min.

Preceded by

Tenacity (1994)


Boyhood games near a reservation highway lead to a cataclysmic encounter.

Director/Screenwriter: Chris Eyre.  Cinematographer: Patrick Cady.  Cast: Peter Benedict, David Lyons, Hannah Elliot, Derek Hoffman, Michael Weingourt.

Digital video, b/w, 10 min.