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Available to watch online in full for the first time – Watch An Interview with Russell Means – 45 mins

In 1999 I’d been on Pine Ridge less than 3 hours when I found myself through twists of fate at Russell Means’s house as 3 days of political meetings were commencing. Russell asked me to record the event and also agreed to do an interview with me the next morning. For the first time this interview is available online in full (other than editing out some of the questions)

The 45 mins interview was up till now only available on the Special Edition DVD of our movie Rez Bomb that starred Russell and was shot on Pine Ridge. Excerpts from the interview are in our feature documentary A Thunder-Being Nation, the most comprehensive look at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (10 hours of extras on the Ultimate Edition DVD)

Click on this link to view it. Little excerpts are below. http://vimeo.com/ondemand/3234/69790042

Our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience

EXPLOITING AMERICAN INDIANS IN FILM?

Hi I just got this interesting comment to a posting that I felt I wanted to share the reply with you all to dispell a regular misconception about film production in Indian Country. The comment was:
“Are any of the royalities going to the Pine Ridge Rez? Or are they going to get took like they did with Dances with wolves, getting paid chump change; $200.00 a person to appear while the movie made millions with more Chump Change in royalities! These people need to be treated with respect, and treated like human beings! They need money to feed and clothe themselves! They went for months with no heat in the middle of winter and nobody helped! They were caught up with the Federal Goverment’s crap and got no help from them. When will this change?”

And I replied as follows:
You know I agree with your passion an sentiment about people ignoring the plight of Pine Ridge and the poverty but overall your question angered me for a very simple reason and that is It cost me personally many thousands of dollars to make the film on Pine Ridge. It was originally meant to be shot in Britain but I personally chose to shoot it on Pine Ridge because I wanted to bring economic development. In a film sense it was not practical as there are not experienced actors or crew there but my commitment to Pine Ridge brought it there. I’ve spent three years of my life on it and may never see my investment back and certainly not enough to justify my time.

Skins spent vastly more about $4 million and a reasonable amount in the area and most of that was lost. Imprint will likely lose money though not so much was shot there. Thunderheart may have broken even but only after millions were put at risk. As with Dances with Wolves, tens of millions were put at risk in a film no-one in Hollywood would invest in, the money came from England, yes it was very successful but it extras were on $200 a day then that’s a good wage for a day on that job. Films never share profits with people that were extras, it would never and could never work. Too expensive to administer etc so if the film is bringing in vast $’s into the local communities through production and since 95% of films loose money and never have royalties to pay out then why should they be obligated unlike any other business to pay those that worked on the films twice?

The other problem is that if you want a different recoupment structure for films in Indian country then investors and studios will find yet another pathetic excuse not to set films in those areas. With Rez Bomb I only took in three actors and three crew and hired everyone else locally and that is different to any other comparable reservation movie. Everyone was paid equally whether one of my very experienced stars from Hollywood or someone doing a day role from Pine Ridge who had never acted a day in their lives. They actually made more as no agents fees, SAG fees, or taxes will be taken off.

Also with Rez Bomb I did something unique which was to tell a truly universal story on a reservation not a culturally specific one that could only be set there. I want to expend beyond just the culturally specific, to break down the cultural apartheid in film and change the way people look at the possibilities of storytelling. See my other blogs on Cultural Apartheid and also my Q&A with Russell Means where he spoke of his pride in being in a universal story set on a reservation where he plays a person not a stereotype.

We are trying to fight double standards when it comes to race and culture and it would be a double standard to treat the actors in my film of one color,culture,race different than another.

But as I said at the top of the message I appreciate your passion and concern for justice for those on the reservation. I’ve also spent part of the last 10 years creating an epic feature documentary about Pine Ridge, financed by myself (and I don’t have the money to spare) and I will never break even on it.

Russell Means talks about women/matriarchy (video clip)

Taken from the 48 minute long exclusive interview only available on the special edition of the DVD of the movie Rez Bomb set on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation starring Tamara Feldman, Trent Ford, Russell Means, Chris Robinson, Tokala Clifford, Moses Brings Plenty, Arlette Loud Hawk

Our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience (as discussed in my previous post).

The mystery of my most viewed Pine Ridge Indian Reservation video.

It’s been a bit of a surprise to me with all the various video trailers of my movies and documentaries as well as excerpts from my TV series The Hub with some big names in Indian Country that comfortably my most viewed video on Youtube is a little thing I knocked together for the hours of extra features I put on the Rez Bomb DVD (my Pine Ridge love story/thriller movie).

Basically it is a montage of images and footage from around Pine Ridge with my talking over it with some of the stats and background about it. It lasts only 5 mins or so. Currently it has been viewed over 40,000 times, more than double the trailers of Rez Bomb itself. Now I’m perfectly happy with the video as a little side note but on another level it saddens me that it gets most of the attention and not the trailer to my feature documentary about Pine Ridge, A Thunder-Being Nation that I made over 13 years. That trailer is artistically much more evolved but more importantly it is entirely in the words of people from Pine Ridge and not me. I’d much rather see that with the 40,000 views or the clip from an early cut of the doc about housing problems.

For all I know the reason this particular montage gets this traffic is just how youtube places it in results but I also suspect it’s down to how much it’s been shared. I’m not complaining as I am glad of the traffic for any of the work but all those years was put in to help the people of Pine Ridge’s voice be heard rather than my own through this thing I threw together in a few minutes.

Anyway the top rated clip is first followed by the trailers and other clips. Links to trailers to my other projects are in the menu above. our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience (as discussed in my previous post).





A Thunder-being Nation promo

Sensational viewer review of Rez Bomb posted on amazon.co.uk (also onsale at amazon.com)

Here’s a sensational viewer review posted on the Rez Bomb page on Amazon.co.uk (the UK site)

5.0 out of 5 stars A red and white Ulysses as much as Romeo and Juliet, 14 Sep 2009
By M. Benis

Rez Bomb is a great independent film worthy of widespread attention. Billed as a Romeo and Juliet, it’s actually about two youths on a journey not to find but to re-find each other in a world that has lost love and its soul. It’s a kind of modern Odyssey that looks at the voyage from both the man and the woman’s point of view. This and the sense of a broken world also breaks time in some ways and so the scenes do not follow a strict chronology. Some may initially find this confusing, though they are helped by subtle shifts in colour that cue you into which stage of the story you are watching.

It’s not a reservation film or an Indian film, though people with an interest in either won’t be disappointed. The original (and significantly inferior) screenplay was in fact set in the tenements of Glasgow, so even at the outset this film which has been a decade in the making was interested in the lost and dispossessed. But the theme of genocide and loss which could equally have been explored in the Scots version surfaces subtly yet with greater vigour here with the Lakotah, partly because of the physical isolation of the reservation and partly because race constantly seems to inspire greater crass prejudice than class alone, not to mention the fact that – against all odds – the Lakotah spirit has survived. If that makes it sound as if the film will be preachy, don’t worry it: isn’t. It has an altogether wider and much more deeply human vision for that.

The performances are consistently excellent from professional and amateur members of the cast alike, making for compelling viewing throughout.

Highly recommended.

This DVD is outstanding value for money, with same great documentary footage and interviews of the high plains folk, both red and white, and how their life is changing. In addition there’s a great interview with American Indian Movement activist and Republic of Lakotah spokesperson Russell Means, who also apears in the film. For those interested in the Lakotah, the DVD is worth it for this alone.

If you’ve read this far, just get it!

our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience (as discussed in my previous post).

Lakota Country retailers of Rez Bomb

Here’s an update of which retailers sell Rez Bomb on Lakota Reservations and beyond in South Dakota.

Pine Ridge
Big Bats
Heritage Centre (Red Cloud)
Oglala Lakota College (Library)
Lil Angels (Kyle)
Pinkies (Manderson)
Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort
Singing Horse (Manderson)
Porcupine Trading
Cubby’s – Oglala (Gas station)
Reddy Mart

Rosebud
Kary’s – Parmlee
St Francis – store
Turtle Creek Crossing
(a few other retailers in most districts)

Rapid City
Various Blockbusters
Prairies Edge

Cheyenne River
Lakota Thrifty Mart (Eagle Butte)
The Plains (Eagle Butte)

Pierre
Dakota Emporium
Various Video Rental Stores

Others
Shelby’s Mini Mart – Fort Thompson
Bookstore in Hot Springs

Also available online at rezbomb.com or on buy it now on this page or through amazon.com

Rez Bomb Standard Edition DVD now released from $12.50

We have newly released the Standard Edition Rez Bomb DVD for the introductory price of $15.00 with FREE SHIPPING for this introductory period if bought from us directly. It includes directors commentary and Trailers.

Also for those who are not fans of packaging (I am one) we are offering a version which is the same disk but just in a plastic sleeve (Netflix style) and without the large plastic case and sleeve art. This we are discounting to $12.50 with free shipping as it is cheaper for us to produce and ship and we want to offer these savings direct to you. The Special Edition with its almost four hours of extra features is still available also. They are also available from Amazon and other selected retailers.

The link to buy is in the right corner of this page.

“I dont think I’ve enjoyed a film this much since The Dark Knight” fabulous blog review of Rez Bomb

Here’s a great fan blog on Rez Bomb at http://noimkara.blogspot.com/2009/09/rez-bomb-review.html

Rez Bomb Review
Monday, September 28, 2009

Ahh so this was meant to be posted a few days ago but I never got round to writing it. Anyway. Last week I ordered the film “Rez Bomb” off ebay (special edition), I’m kinda gutted that this film wasnt released in theaters because a film this good should be given a lot of credit. Rez Bomb is completely out of my comfort zone when it comes to films but I decided to give it a try as Trent Ford *swoon* stars in it. Boy am I glad I checked it out. Rez Bomb is a love story you can totally get lost in. Set in one of the poorest places in the US, the story tells the tale of Harmony (Tarmara Feldman) and her boyfriend Scott (Trent Ford) who are very much in love but get caught up in a world of trouble when Harmony owes a large amount of money to a dirty old dude called Jaws (Jaws?!!). In attempt to get Harmony off the rez they conduct a plan to get them “set up” only things dont go to plan. The film is a whirlwind of love, thrills and dark comedy and tells us of love thats on the run. Trust me I was on the edge of my seat when Scott goes in search for Harmony. I dont think I’ve been caught up in a film as much as I was with Rez Bomb. At first, when hearing about it, I was a little sceptical to buy it having not much to go on. But my love for Trent Ford took over and I found the DVD in my mail three days later. Rez Bomb is not what I expected. When I saw the trailer I thought it’d be all guns and shooting etc… buts its not. Its a film you cant fully understand until watching it in its entirety. Its ridiculously realistic in a way I didnt think any film could achieve and is just plain, darn, fantastic. I dont think I’ve enjoyed a film this much since The Dark Knight. I gave it a 8 out 10 on IMdb, just because I got confused some of the time – but maybe thats due to my blonde roots? Who knows. Anyway the story is compelling and hooks you straight away, Trent Ford looks totally hot with a capital H and is a gritty and realistic thrill ride. I just wish it was longer.
Want to escape reality? Watch Rez Bomb.

# A little shorter than I hoped but then I am meant to be studying. You just need to know Rez Bomb defines awesome.
That is all.

Our DVD’s are available at amazon or www.inyoentertainment.com where you can save 15% using the coupon code Blog15 to save 15% or Blog20 to save 20% when spending $60 or more. The closer we get to recovering our costs on our films the quicker we can start looking to invest more in other projects in Indian Country although it’s an uphill battle finding an audience