In Production: The Jingle Dress

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 29th, 2013 Last Updated on: October 29th, 2013

A new Minnesota film, currently in production, will focus on an Ojibwe family that moves from the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota to the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. The audience will follow the Red Elk family as they discover a new culture, and how they navigate between the two worlds.  Chaske Spencer from the Twilight franchise stars as John Red Elk, the main character.  Stacey Thunder plays wife, Elsie. Real-life siblings Mauricimo and S’Nya Sanchez-Hohenstein play John’s son Chris and daughter Rose.

The film's producer, William Eigen, has been selected to receive financial support from the new film production reimbursement program funded with Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds from Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage (LACH) Production Reimbursement Program, established by Minnesota Film and TV and Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, is designed to support professional, mid-career filmmakers' feature length narrative or long form documentary projects that align with Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage goals.

The Jingle Dress is set for release Fall 2014.  Follow The Jingle Dress movie on Facebook for more updates.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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The Apache Professor’s teaching class was excellent. Just recently one of my Native friends asked me what I thought about “dressing as an Indian for Halloween.” I told her it dishonored our heritage and culture. I don’t know if I enlightened her, as she only learned a few months ago that she is also Cherokee, but if she hangs out with me she will come to understand. I told my friend that the only time she was supposed to wear her regalia was when it was to honor it and I always asked my tribal leaders if I have any questions regarding anything related to our culture.

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