PBS just broadcast an hour long program Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge that I’ve embedded below. It’s a very different look at Pine Ridge style wise to my feature documentary A Thunder-Being Nation in that it is very much a slice of life about Pine Ridge though it feels like the original intent ended up getting caught up into a more pressing reality. Here rests part of the difficulty in shooting on Pine Ridge as when you say meet the suicide prevention people it feels impossible not to tell their stories and show their remarkable work in the face of adversity. Inevitably the lighter day in the life stuff gets sacrificed. This can in part leave some frustration with some people on Pine Ridge reflected in some of the Q&A questions at the end of the program where people ask the film-maker why they didn’t show more of the fun stuff.
I have more fun on Pine Ridge than about anywhere. I understand this issue. It’s part of why I expanded into making the TV series The Hub throughout Indian Country celebrating the fun side.
What I like about Bridge the Gap is that it’s very present with the people on Pine Ridge. The viewer gets to hang out with many of the great people there.
More clips from my work are below the clips from this show. The most comprehensive way to find out about Pine Ridge is through the 10 hours of extras on the Ultimate Edition DVD of A Thunder-Being Nation as well as the documentary itself made over 13 years.
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).
Click here to view Rez Bomb, A Thunder-Being Nation and episode one of The Hub through Video on Demand. You can either view the trailers or pay to watch the full films/programs
In depth promo about the doc
Excerpt of the work in progress on housing.
An early promo for the project