A death in Oklahoma sets in motion events leading to something great: so says a Muscogee-speaking narrator when Cufe Smallhill, a registered Seminole who's part Creek, discovers his father's body one morning. Per dad's wishes, Cufe sinks the body in a pond. After a closed-casket funeral - Cufe's cousin loads a donated coffin with weights and a watermelon - Cufe goes to Tulsa to spend time with his sister, Miri. He meets Miri's neighbor, Francie. They talk and listen, and things seem to open up for Cufe. Miri has her problems, though, including an estrangement from her mother, Cora. Miri drinks too much, sleeps around, and steals from her boss. How can anything great come of this? Written by
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Did You Know?
Laura Bailey doesn't actually smoke cigarettes in real life, just for this movie. See more
I remember this one time, he'd been drinking all afternoon and there was this tornado warning. And I was freaking out, crying and shit. And he came over to me and told me not to worry. That he knew a dance that was going to protect us from the tornado. And he went out into the front yard, started dancing and singing and shit. And that tornado, it never came. When I was older, your mom told me he was watching the weather channel with Gary England. He knew that tornado was never coming.
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Written and Performed by Dianna Gatto
Produced by Dianna Gatto & Dani Amendola
Courtesy of Into the West Publishing (ASCAP) See more