December 9, 2015
Public Invited to Film Premiere of “The Jingle Dress” at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK - The movie premiere of “The Jingle Dress” is Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Hosted by The Sacred Pipe Resource Center, this event is free and open to the public. The genre of the movie has been labeled as kids and family, mystery and suspense, and comedy.
“The Jingle Dress” is the story of John Red Elk, who hears from relatives in Minneapolis that his Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go to the big city to find out what really happened to him. At its heart, "The Jingle Dress" is a contemporary story of a Native American family that moves from their rural home on the reservation in northern Minnesota to the faster paced urban environment of Minneapolis. We follow the Red Elk family as they experience city culture through their unvarnished perspective, as well as gain insight into their Indigenous culture and traditions.
Filmed in Minnesota, the movie stars several prominent Native American actors including Chaske Spencer (“Twilight” movies), Stacey Thunder (“Native Report” PBS), Kimberly Guerrero (“Hidalgo”), and Steve Reevis (“Fargo”). The film also features child actors S’Nya Sanchez-Hohenstein and Mauricimo Sanchez-Hohenstein, who are from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and reside in Bismarck.
“The Jingle Dress” was nominated for six awards at the 39th Annual American Indian Motion Picture Awards show sponsored by the American Indian Film Institute. The nominations included Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (S’Nya Sanchez-Hohenstein), Best Actress (Stacey Thunder), Best Actor (Chaske Spencer), and Best Supporting Actor (Steve Reevis). Director William Eigen and local actors from the film will be on hand at the showing to discuss their roles in the film and the experience of making the film.
The Sacred Pipe Resource Center has partnered with the State Historical Society of North Dakota; the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation/Satellite Office/Chairman Mark Fox; and the United Tribes Technical College Strengthening Lifestyles Program to present this film.
The North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit history.nd.gov.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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