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Fancy Dance (2024)

Opens on June 28

Director: Erica Tremblay Run Time: 92 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2024

Starring: Audrey Wasilewski, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Lily Gladstone, Ryan Begay, Shea Whigham

Country: United States
Language: English, Cayuga

About the film:

World Premiere, 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax (Academy Award nominee Lily Gladstone) has cared for her niece Roki by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of Jax losing custody to Roki’s grandfather, Frank, the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow. What begins as a search gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women moving through a colonized world while at the mercy of a failed justice system.

“An authentically observant slice of reservation life.”

—Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

About the filmmaker:

Erica Tremblay is a Native American filmmaker from the Seneca-Cuyuga Nation. She is primarily known for her documentary and TV work; in 2014, Tremblay’s film In the Turn, a documentary about a young transgender girl who finds acceptance in a queer roller derby collective, won two awards at FilmOut San Diego and screened at festivals around the world. Her short film Little Chief (2020) also gained acclaim in the festival circuit, including a nomination for Best Short Film at Sundance. Tremblay was also an executive story officer on FX’s Reservation Dogs (2022-2023), writing 11 episodes and directing two. Tremblay’s debut narrative feature Fancy Dance (2024) premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and stars Lily Gladstone in her first role since her stunning performance in Killers of the Flower Moon (2023).

“As a Native American filmmaker, seeing my community included in the rich tapestry of cinema is a dream come true.”

—Erica Tremblay, Director


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