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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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"The Exiles" is an account of 24 hours in the life of a group of young Native Americans living in downtown L.A. See more (10 total) »


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Directed by
Kent Mackenzie  (as Kent MacKenzie)
Writing credits
Kent Mackenzie (writer) (as Kent MacKenzie)

Produced by
Kent Mackenzie .... producer (as Kent MacKenzie)
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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72 min
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"The Exiles" is an account of 24 hours in the life of a group of young Native Americans living in downtown L.A., 21 May 2008
Author: Mackzee from United States

"The Exiles" was made on a shoe-string budget by a number of idealistic young film-makers "led" by Kent Mackenzie as "writer/director/editor.

Mackenzie and his crew were dismayed (putting it lightly)by what they saw as a lack of use of film as an artistic medium. At the same time the standard "Hollywood" aesthetic sacrificed subject, in order to obtain perfect/yet unrealistic lighting schemes, camera movement, framing and pristine sound tracks.

Erik Daarstad, John Morrill and Bob Kaufman shot an incredibly striking 35mmm B&W film. It is truly stunning. And a testament to all involved.

"The Exiles" is phenomenal in that, Mackenzie agreed not to put anything in the film that "the actors" objected to in any way. Appropriately, but very unusual, the "voice" in the film is that of the subjects.

"The Exiles" is of a specific time: a Los Angeles that literally no longer exists. And it is timeless, in the questions it asks and in it's gut wrenching portrayal of a particular group of individual's lives. Lives that unfortunately could/and do exist as I write this almost 50 years later.

Mackenzie credits the viewer with the intelligence to relate to the human condition as seen on screen. And explore for one's self how we fit into a world in which these conditions exist. We aren't forced to listen to the traditional "voice of god" voice over that dehumanizes all involved in the experience.

Sadly, Kent Mackenzie died young in May of 1980. He made relatively few films. Yet, "The Exiles" and his USC student film: "Bunker Hill" (made with Robert Kaufman) spoke to a bright young artist who worked with an integrity few possess.

If one has the opportunity to see this film as it should be, in a theater on a 35mm print. It is well worth the time. And an experience which will stay with you from that day forward.

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