Mile Post 398

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Mile Post 398
Directed by Shonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Produced by Shonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Written by Shonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Starring Beau Benally
Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie III
Gerald Vandever
James Junes
Kim White
KJ White
Dwayne Lake
Music by Aaron White
Yaiva
Coalition
Ethnic De Generation
Cinematography Shonie De La Rosa
Editing by Shonie De La Rosa
Distributed by Sheephead Films
Release dates
  • January 9, 2007 (2007-01-09)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Navajo

Mile Post 398 is a 2007 independent drama film written, directed and produced by Shonie and Andee De La Rosa, it is also the first featured film in cinema history that an all-Navajo team wrote, produced, directed, filmed and starred in.

Filmed almost entirely in Kayenta, Arizona, as well as in several other locations in the surrounding region, (Black Mesa, Chinle, Many Farms and Tsegi). It was an official selection of the American Indian Film Festival and Monument Valley Film Festival.


Plot[edit]

Taking place on the Navajo Nation, Cloyd Begay (Beau Benally), has been a victim of alcohol abuse and domestic violence throughout his childhood in result having him resorting to alcohol to repress his memories. As he is willing to take responsible for his life and as husband and father, his drinking buddies Jimmy (Gerald Vandever) and Marty (James Junes) cultivate in having Cloyd continue their carefree lifestyle of drinking and partying, preventing him to change. All the while, his wife Lorraine (Kim White) and son Michael (KJ White) begin to lose hope in him and seriously consider leaving him. As the ensuing events unfold, it leads him making the choice that will change his life forever.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Beau Benally Cloyd Begay
Gerald Vandever Jimmy, one of Cloyd's drinking buddies
James Junes Marty, one of Cloyd's drinking buddies
Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie III Ray Yazzie, Cloyd's friend
Kim White Lorraine Begay, Cloyd's wife
KJ White Michael Begay, Cloyd's son
Dwayne Lake Steven, Cloyd's boss
Anthony "Horse" Yellowhorse Horse, Bootlegger

Awards[edit]

Year Award Winner/Nominee Category Result
2007 American Indian Film Festival Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie III Best Supporting Actor Won
Fargo Film Festival Shonie and Andee de la Rosa Native American Voices/Best Narrative Feature Won
Tulalip Film Festival Shonie and Andee de la Rosa Best Drama Won
Best Screenplay Won
2008 Talking Stick Film Festival Beau Benally Best Actor Won

See also[edit]

  • G, a documentary on methamphetamine use in the Navajo Nation, by the same filmmakers
  • James & Ernie, a Navajo comedy duo

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