March 25th, 2013 Last Updated on: March 25th, 2013
Dance Hard will be the first feature film about the life of Pow Wow dancers. The film will follow the life of a Fancy Feather dancers as they travel and compete. The two main characters are brothers from a Native reservation, one Native and one non-Native. The pair take up Fancy Feather dancing to earn money for college. Their goal is to find more opportunities than their reservation can provide.
Megan Clare Johnson is the writer, director, and producer of the project. She is the owner of Mama Simba Films, a Los Angeles based production company. Joining her on the project are Pow Wow veterans Robert Tree Cody and Norman Roach. They will serve as consultants to ensure the film portrays an accurate view of Native and Pow Wow life.
Robert Tree Cody is a Native American flutist, dancer, artist, educator and actor who has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, East Asia, Central & South America and Mexico. Standing 6 foot, 10 inches, “Tree” Cody holds a commanding presence whether on stage or on the pow-wow circuit as a prize winning Northern Traditional dancer, Master of Ceremonies or Arena Director. (From Canyon Records)
Norman Roach is well know on the Pow Wow circuit as a champion dancer. He traveled for many years with the American Indian Dance Theater. Norman was also featured in a PBS series, “Finding the Circle”.
The film is planned to be shot in New Mexico. Currently the project team is seeking additional funding to secure the success of the film. Currently the plans include filming Pow Wow dancing scenes at four Pow Wows.
Look for more information about the filming times and locations. Casting calls will be issued for dancers and singers. Stay tuned to PowWows.com for more information.
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