Smoke Signals (Eyre, 1998)
Who can resist the unpretentious honesty and searching of vulnerable adolescents? When the adolescents are Native Americans who defy stereotypes that have been engraved in white film culture, their voices and story are doubly irresistible. Smoke Signals, the first full-length movie written, directed, and starring Native Americans, is based on Sherman Alexie’s short story “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.” It is a coming-of-age tale that starts out in the Coeur D’Alene reservation in Plummer, Idaho, where Victor and Thomas grew up. Arnold, Victor’s alcoholic, abusive father, rescued the infant Thomas when his parents died in an accidental fire and was a hero to him, but abandoned the family when Victor was 12. When Victor is summoned to Phoenix, Arizona to pick up Arnold’s ashes, Thomas accompanies him on an iconic bus trip. Winner of the 1998 Sundance Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy.
Doors open at 6 PM. Refreshments provided. There is a $2 suggested donation.