Based on James Welch’s classic novel of Native American life, this hauntingly beautiful movie follows a young Blackfoot Indian’s alcohol-fueled search for his wife, his rifle, his identity – and salvation. Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hung over and badly beaten. He sees a shocking vision: his father, ten years dead, lying frozen at his feet. Shaken, Virgil returns home to his ranch on the Reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she’s taken his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to town find her – or perhaps just the gun – beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and possibly imagined intrigues in town with the mysterious ‘Airplane Man’, his beautiful accomplice, Malvina, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Virgil’s quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories, traumas and visions of his long lost brother Mose. Starring Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga), David Morse (The Green Mile), Julia Jones (The Twilight Saga) and Gary Farmer (Dead Man). (Dir. by Alex Smith & Andrew Smith, 2013, USA, 105 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Film Festivals: Austin, Los Angeles, American Indian Film Festival
About Alex Smith
Alex Smith, along with his twin brother Andrew, wrote and directed the award-winning 2002 feature film, The Slaughter Rule, starring Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams. Winter in the Blood is their second feature film. Alex teaches Filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the Creative Director of the non-profit University of Texas Film Institute, where he produced Dance with the One, which premiered in main competition at SXSW 2010, and was made entirely by students but mentored by film industry professionals
About Chaske Spencer
Chaske Spencer was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. Chaske moved to New York City and was cast in his first off-Broadway play, Dracula, playing the title role. Since then, he has starred in numerous films and television projects, including Skins, Dreamkeeper and Steven Spielberg’s Into the West. He has also received major attention playing “Sam Uley,” the alpha male leader of the werewolves, in the popular The Twilight Saga film series. Most recently, Chaske starred in the NBC pilot Frontier from writer/exec producer Shaun Cassidy.