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Kent MacKenzie (writer)
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13 July 1961 (USA) See more »
Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Kent MacKenzie 
Writing credits
Kent MacKenzie (writer)

Produced by
Kent MacKenzie .... producer
Cinematography by
Erik Daarstad 
Robert Kaufman 
John Arthur Morrill 
Film Editing by
Warner Brown 
Sven Walnum (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sven Walnum .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Mindaugus Bagdon .... additional crew
Stan Follis .... additional crew
Ron Honthaner .... additional crew
David MacDougall .... additional crew
Ken Nelson .... additional crew
Marvin Walowitz .... additional crew


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Cinema Verite at its Best, 29 June 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Astonishing slice of cinema verite at a time when young filmmakers were trying to break the Hollywood habit in favor of the real world. The 70 minutes are not entertaining; however, they do fascinate. It's a nighttime of boozing carousal for several young Indian men amid the neon jungle of downtown LA. The camera tracks their aimless wanderings and endless drinking from one seedy venue to the next. It's LA like you've seldom seen it—a down-and-outers look at unvarnished urban decay. The faces too are fascinating, not like the usual Hollywood Indian or crowd scene extras.

It's a disturbing look, slow to accumulate until the poignant final shot. These are truly lost people, caught between two incomplete worlds-- the urban jungle of the white man and the captive reservation of the Indian. The men seem to treat most everything as a joke, perhaps a way of denying the dead-end reality of their lives. Ironically, they appear now to be strangers in their own land. It's the young Indian woman Yvonne, however, who's likely to evoke audience sympathy. It's she who dreams (her inner thoughts vocalized in voice-over) of a family and something like a normal life. But, the men in her life are truly lost, so her hopes appear doomed as well. Seeing this document may help viewers better understand the controversial American Indian Movement (AIM) of the 1970's.

Apparently, the project spanned several years of interrupted funding. Thus, the film has to be an artistic commitment of a high order on the part of filmmaker MacKenzie. Did he hope for a commercial release. A story and technique like this would seem to hold little promise of that. Did he hope for art house distribution and an appeal to the intelligentsia. Whatever the motivation, he's produced a document of lasting social value, and thanks be to TMC for bringing MacKenzie's achievement to today's audiences

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