Interviewee Rena Neumann Coen, the late art historian, was the mother of filmmakers Ethan and Joel Coen (Fargo, Oh Brother Where Art Thou). This documentary was her last television appearance. See more »
In the 2001 documentary "Seth Eastman:Painting the Dakota" Producer/Director Kristian Berg scores another notch in his belt with an interesting, informative and well done documentary about soldier/artist Seth Eastman whose collection and paintings depicting Dakota daily life and ceremonies in the mid-1800's, have been on the field of controversy as to their culturally accurate content for many years. Kristian has a certain diplomacy and knack for staying out of the politics of issues, which enables him to get deep into the heart of all sides of an issue. Well-known and liked in many Dakota communities and reservations, Dakotas always seem willing to work with him as he has a natural talent for letting people tell their own story on camera.
This documentary has already won the Bronze Wrangler award for Western style documentaries. See also "Dakota Exile" and "Dakota Conflict" two more excellent documentaries produced/directed by Kristian Berg on Dakota People and history.
Jay Red Hawk
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