REZ BOMB DVD AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER WITH FREE SHIPPING- SPECIAL EDITION

We have now set up our store to start taking pre-orders on the Special Edition of Rez Bomb which has a current anticipated street date of the 15th of June though if our manufacturers turn it over more quickly then we shall ship it sooner. As a promotion we are offering free shipping in the US to those who preorder this week. The payment method is simple through Paypal for those with accounts or credit cards.

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We have taken care in producing a terrific package beyond the film and includes over 3 hours of extra features including documentaries, commentary and an exclusive 45 minute Russell Means interview.

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ANOTHER PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION MOVIE?

I’ve noticed a few blogs online in support of Rez Bomb but commenting about how everything seems to get set on Pine Ridge and wishing that more was set in American Indian communities elsewhere.

I wholeheartedly agree and am developing some projects that would do that. My reasons for shooting Rez Bomb are a bit more simple than that. Firstly it is a truly universal story. It was originally written for Edinburgh in Scotland where we actually shot the opening 9 minutes as a promo there years ago. But when I decided to relocate it Pine Ridge seemed the obvious place to me in part because it was in my comfort zone as I’d been to Pine Ridge a few times and had friends there so it wasn’t a step into the unknown.

Visually it is an extraordinary place that I wanted to shoot and also though my budget was small I wanted to spend it in the poorest community where it would do the most good. So Pine Ridge worked for that. Yes Pine Ridge grabs a lot of the limelight but I am sure most people would rather not have that limelight and not have to deal with the severity of the recent history that earned it as well as deal with the ongoing poverty (that exists elsewhere also but on Pine Ridge its like a perfect storm).

Hopefully if we can all build a strong enough grass roots campaign (and you can all help get the word out) for Rez Bomb where it can be successful then we can get back out there and shoot more work in Indian Country.

REZ BOMB REVIEW 4 1/2 STARS GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL

 

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Reviewed By: Donald Munro
 

Rez Bomb is set on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation and within what is probably the poorest and most deprived community in the United States of America. It is part thriller and part love story between an affluent white drop-out and a poor Lakota girl. The action revolves around Scott (Trent Ford). He and his girlfriend Harmony (Tamara Feldman) borrowed money from a loan shark in order to scam a poker game. The scam was discovered and they fled. Separated during the escape, Scott stole a van, the rez bomb from the film’s title, and was arrested for car theft. Six weeks later he gets out of prison, Harmony is missing and the interest on the loan has been racking up. Scott has to find Harmony and raise the money to pay the loan while running from the loan shark, Jaws (Chris Robinson).

This film has a degree of tension that few manage to achieve. You feel that Scott and Harmony are in constant physical danger. The film flicks between the danger of the present situation and flashbacks of the start of their relationship. This keeps both the threat to the couple and the intensity of a new relationship at the centre of the film. Counterpointing the couple’s rapidly worsening situation with scenes of relaxation keeps the film from being grim.

rez_bomb_2008_1The chronology and tone of the scenes are tracked with changes in the colour balance and exposure of the picture. Apart from affecting the mood of the scenes this allows you to keep track of the evolving plot. Trent Ford and Tamara Feldman both put in compelling performances in the lead roles. Most of the smaller parts are played by untrained first time actors from whom the director (Steven Lewis Simpson) elicits good performances. Of particular note is Arlette Loud Hawk, who plays Harmony’s mother.

Rez Bomb is the first film I have seen that does not portray Native Americans in terms of stereotype. They are shown as people, not alcoholics or old mystics in touch with the earth. It shows Pine Ridge as a community full of life and humour rather than one wallowing in its misfortune. The story told by Rez Bomb could have been set in any poor community. It is not tied to the ethnicity of the reservation like most other portrayals of Native American life. In fact the original script had its setting in Edinburgh.

I would really recommend you go and see this film, but unfortunately it doesn’t yet have distribution in the UK. Check back here for updates on that front.

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HERALD NEWSPAPER ON STORY BEHIND REZ BOMB

How an Edinburgh romance ended up in an Indian reservation
More than a decade in the making, Steven Lewis Simpson’s powerful tale is finally reaching UK cinema screens
By Brian Pendreigh
IT IS 13 years since film-maker Steven Lewis Simpson wrote a script for a romantic thriller set on a housing scheme in Edinburgh. He finally got the film made last year, with one fairly major change – the story now takes place on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Simpson, 38, a former stockbroker from Aberdeen, planned to make Pulse his second feature film after the low-budget drama Ties in 1993. Pulse was the story of a middle-class young man and his girlfriend, who is from an Edinburgh housing scheme.

Simpson even shot preliminary footage with actor Henry Ian Cusick at the tower blocks at Muirhouse, near Granton. On two occasions Simpson seemed all set to make the film, only for the financing to fall through at the last moment.

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Since then, the tower blocks have been demolished, Cusick went on to star in US TV drama series Lost and Simpson switched his attention to other projects.

These included a documentary about the return of an Indian “Ghost Shirt” from Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Galley and Museum to the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota.

During this time Simpson met Russell Means, who led the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, the site of an infamous massacre by US troops in 1890. The more recent confrontation made headlines around the world and prompted Marlon Brando to send an Indian girl to accept his Oscar for The Godfather. “What Brando and I have in common is that we’ve both helped bail Russell out of jail,” said Simpson.

Simpson’s documentary expanded into a long-term project about Pine Ridge, which includes Wounded Knee, and his experiences also led him to think again about Pulse. “It suddenly dawned on me that the story worked as well, if not better there,” he said.

The well-off Scottish youth became a rich American boy (although he is called Scott, in recognition of the character’s origins) and his girlfriend from the tower blocks evolved into a young Sioux woman.

The film, now renamed Rez Bomb, had its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival last year and has its British premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival next month. It stars the young American actors Tamara Feldman, from the TV series Dirty Sexy Money, Trent Ford, whose film credits include Gosford Park, and Means himself.

After the occupation at Wounded Knee, Means went on to combine political activism with an acting career, co-starring with Daniel Day-Lewis as Chingachgook in The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and playing Sitting Bull in the mini-series Buffalo Girls (1995).

In Rez Bomb, Ford’s character comes out of prison to find his life threatened by a loan shark. He has a stash of drugs hidden in his guitar, but his girlfriend has pawned the guitar and disappeared. Means plays a gambler with whom they team up.

Means said: “It’s just regular people, on a reservation. That’s what I’m after in Hollywood. We’re human beings with all the same problems as everyone else. Hollywood doesn’t do those kind of films for us.

“I’ve done 21 movies since 1991, and if you’re an American Indian actor the only time you can act is if you dress up in leather in the summer or, if it’s going to be contemporary, you have to be a drunk.”

Means was born at Pine Ridge and still lives there, but Rez Bomb was the first film he had made on the reservation. He did it for a nominal fee because it meant so much to him.

Although it might be set anywhere, Rez Bomb does highlight the continuing plight of Indians on the reservation. It has a population of around 25,000, living in a barren area larger than some American states. In the early 1970s, when international attention briefly focused on Wounded Knee, the murder rate was 17 times the national average. Means said conditions have deteriorated since then. Unemployment is now around 80 per cent.

Simpson said: “There might be 17 people in a two-room trailer house. Everyone is patting themselves on the back in America about diversity finding its day. But in that whole debate nobody is ever bringing in the most depressed people in the country.”

Rez Bomb screens at the Glasgow Film Theatre on February 19

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Cultural Gatekeepers 2

Further to my previous post I feel there are also native gatekeepers on the coasts that see the PC white crowd as their main source of funds and support and end up becoming caught up in this strange very specific view of Indian country and culture. I mean look at the music today on the reservations… the traditional music is worth celebrating but much of the great new art and music is more contemporary and urban. The hip hop and rap may be influenced by other cultures but the words and emotions so often are powerfully of the reservation life and more potent than most contemporary rap from other communities.

DVD RELEASE

 

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Right now I am preparing a load of extra feature to go with the DVD release of the film. They include documentaries, a commentary, a trailer as well as tours around the films locations and photo galleries. The biggest feature includes a never before seen 45 minute interview with Russell Means recorded back in 1999 during my first meeting with him.

The aim is to provide around three hours of extra features. A formidible package but my feeling is that a lot of our viewers will have a great interest in the setting of our film and I want to provide as much information to with it as possible. Also I have built up a strong relationship with the people in the locations and wanted to put together some of the mini documentaries for them.

It does not just include ones on Pine Ridge but also ones on Rushville Nebraska a wonderful small town in a part of America that is dwindling population wise. We drew some cast from the wonderful theatre there and have a lovely little documentary on them.

All and all it is a package I am very proud of and gives great added value to the purchaser.

We have a street date for the DVD set at the 8th of June 2009 and it can be ordered via the store on www.rezbomb.com that will be up and running by then. Also follow our blog here for updates. Also on tweeter.com/rezbomb (had one on CNN today) join fan page of www.facebook.com/rezbomb and www.myspace.com/rezbomb.

The Rez Bomb Rez tour

Here’s the idea, to invest in projection equipment and tour Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and perhaps beyond setting up commercial screenings of Rez Bomb and building it into as much of a roadshow as possible. The big question is how many people will come along and what can people afford? It won’t be that cheap for me to set up but I’d like to screen it in Cap offices in as many of the communities as possible and not just Pine Ridge village. Places like Manderson, Kyle, Oglala, Wounded Knee, Porcupine, Wamblee. If it does well then to take if further afield to the neighboring reservations and Rapid, Hot Springs. 

Also we would want to do a special screening for the people of Rushville who were also very supportive through the production. I’m looking for people to suggest communities where I’d likely receive an decent size audience and I’ll look to add them to the list. 

Hopefully we can create extra content as we go and maybe even create some kind of online magazine show. Get in touch anyone with ideas and see what we can get going. 

Watch this space.