Hello! Welcome to Native Film Talk! The purpose of this podcast is to explore Native representation in film from the perspective of a Native, me. Native American representation in film is as old as the film industry itself, so there is a plethora of content available for review. I plan to watch movies, tv shows, and documentaries from the old westerns, i.e. The Searchers, The Outlaw Josey Wales, to more modern box office hits, Wind River, Hostiles, Magnificent Seven. Also I'd like to explore film that are from the Native perspective, i.e. Smoke Signals, Skins, Indian Horse, The Fast Runner. During this journey I will do research and dedicate an episode per film. I hope on this journey to gain a better understanding of what appropriate representation means to me. I realize my palate will change through the course of this podcast and I hope yours does as well!
Overall, the image of the Native American in film has changed in a lot of ways, in others it has not. There have been attempts to mature from the stoic indian, noble savage, and white savior but we also see modern instanaces where those stereotypes continue to be perpetuated. Also there is encouraging signs that we are heading in the right direction, with movies like Indian Horse, that recant accurate experiences of Native people in history. Also tv shows like Molly From Denali that show a positive image of native people on television while being accurate to the tribe being represented in the show. I'm excited for this journey and hopefully will have some great guests join me along the way. Thank you and happy listening!
Writer, actor, artist, comedian...what can this guy not do?!
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bobby to talk about his work on Rutherford Falls and Reservation Dogs. Keeping the spirit of making my show a mini-series about Reservation Dogs I thought it was fitting that we invite someone that writes for the show!
We talked a lot about his career. How he got to the point where he is writing on two major shows? We discuss Native representation up to this point, where we go from here, and how Reservation Dogs has changed the game already.
Hope you all enjoy and have a good one everybody!
Reservation Dogs Episode 3
Let's run away together and live off the land...let's get some Sonics!
Episode 3 brought us talk about shapeshifters, bad medicine, Sonics, legendary knockout stories, and reconnecting with our kin.
Listen as I discuss the show's subtle humor it brings, so hard. Also how I'm worried this is going to be stolen by other people who see how much attention this show is getting. Last, hear me wrap up my thoughts about the show thus far.
I hope you all enjoy this awesome episode that brought us Gary Farmer as Uncle Brownie. Have a great one everybody!
Reservation Dogs Episode 2
Hi there everybody!
Episode 2 brings us to the IHS clinic, of all places. I discuss how this is something I didn't know I needed, real life interactions at the clinic. It's such a random place where you can meet elders, family members, and maybe find love.
Reservation Dogs continue to set the bar on Native representation in TV and the hits keep coming with each episode.
Let me know what you think and look out for episode 3 coming soon!
Reservation Dogs Episode 1
Aho Young Warrior!
I decided to do a mini season the show. The next eight episodes will be dedicated to the show. All other work feels like table scraps right now. I can't help but find myself only consuming this show and I want to talk about it.
I love this show, the representation is so authentic it should have it's own enrollment card. I can't believe this show exists, so I had to take the time to talk about the show and why it's so awesome.
Reservation Dogs Reaction and News Update
Not a spoiler alert!
I give a quick reaction to the first two episodes of Reservation Dogs being dropped on Hulu! It was so good, I discuss how next level it is and why I'm so excited for the rest of the season to air! Can't wait.
I also bring up happenings with Spirit Rangers (Netflix), Dexter: New Blood, Rezball being produced by Lebron James, Avatar: The Last Airbender live action TV Show, Dark Winds TV Show, Killers of the Flower Moon, The Ice Road, Rutherford Falls Season 2, and Grey's Anatomy.
I had fun offloading these news bits and I look forward to doing this more in the future. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I had a wonderful chat with Angelique Midthunder and Stacey Rice, both of whom work for Midthunder Casting. A casting agency that has a particular eye for Native talent. A primary focus of their work is casting Native actors so naturally we talk about how hard it is to find Native talent, is it hard to spot a Pretendian, what is the outlook like for Native film/TV?
Also we discuss Angelique's journey in the film industry and her experience in casting/consulting. AND we discuss the upcoming show Reservation Dogs, which comes out on August 9th, and Midthunder Casting worked with Director Sterlin Harjo to find Native talent for that show! I had a wonderful chat with Angelique and Stacey. Check it out!
As an Alaskan Native filmmaker who is a writer for Molly of Denali & a Producer for Life Below Zero: First Alaskans - I am beyond excited that someone is creating great content on our people. Háw’aa!
I love this show! Ian is a such a great host and you can tell he really does enjoy what he does. I love hearing things I’ve never heard before from the movies he’s dissected and I’m always learning when listening. His interviews are rock solid and I learn so much from the people he has on. Keep it up brotha!
Thoughtful reviews and analyses of a variety of films that are entertaining and informatice-can’t ask for more than that. Great podcasting voice and audio quality as well.