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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

 -  Drama | Music  -  14 January 2002 (USA)
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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.

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Cast overview:
Evan Adams ...
Seymour Polatkin
Michelle St. John ...
Agnes Roth
Gene Tagaban ...
Aristotle Joseph
Swil Kanim ...
Mouse
Rebecca Carroll ...
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Mr. Williams
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Elaine Miles ...
Kim
Arthur Tulee ...
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Jennifer Kreisberg ...
Salmon Girl
Ron Otis ...
White Motorist
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Tavern Father
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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 Anonymous

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Sometimes going home is the hardest journey of all.

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$12,709 (USA) (10 May 2002)

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$174,682 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Seymour Polatkin: God, how did we make frybread sacred? This stuff is so bad for us. Indians are too fat, you know?
Agnes Roth: Yeah but it's so good.
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Innovative Filmaking
9 November 2003 | by (Newport Oregon) – See all my reviews

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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