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Ryan Rajendra Black,
Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Written by
I don't know what that means at all so don't ask me. I'm so full of baloney. I recognize you. You're the one who sends me all those dirty pictures of yourself. I like the little Red Riding Hood outfit the best. How long have you been married? Oh yeah? Does she know you hang out with gay poets? I know, that land bridge thing. Yup, I get mistaken for Asian all the time. I cut my braids off when my parents died. That's why I don't have long hair.
[to fans at a book signing]
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A film by at least 62 people, Indigenous and otherwise. See more »
Alexie Sherman, author of Smoke Signals, directs his first film with a lot of help from his friends. Sherman cuts through the normal hierachical structure of film sets to allow the director of photography, script supervisor, and actors unprecedented freedom in improvization with the camera. One can only hope this is the beginning of a good thing.
The storyline is non-linear and, perhaps, hard to follow for those used to Hollywood films, but the result is perhaps the best example of how the cinema can be used for pure poetry without the need for standard conflict resolution storytelling.
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