The Only Good Indian
|The Only Good Indian|
|Directed by||Kevin Willmott|
|Produced by||Tom Carmody|
|Written by||Tom Carmody|
J. Kenneth Campbell
|Music by||Kip Haaheim|
|Edited by||Sean Blake
Mark von Schlemmer
|Running time||114 minutes|
The film was shot almost entirely in Kansas—the only exception being a scene at Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park—featuring locations such as the Monument Rocks and Fort Larned. Filming occurred in 2007-2008 and the movie premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, subsequently showing at other film festivals. The film won Willmott "Best Director" honors at the American Indian Film Festival, as well as acting honors for Wes Studi and Winter Fox Frank.
The story is set in Kansas during the early 1900s. A teenaged Native American boy (newcomer Winter Fox Frank) is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian `training` school to assimilate into White society. When he escapes to return to his family, Sam Franklin (Wes Studi), a bounty hunter of Cherokee descent, is hired to find and return him to the institution. Franklin, a former Indian scout for the U.S. Army, has renounced his Native heritage and has adopted the White Man’s way of life, believing it’s the only way for Indians to survive. Along the way, a tragic incident spurs Franklin’s longtime nemesis, the famous `Indian Fighter` Sheriff Henry McCoy (J. Kenneth Campbell), to pursue both Franklin and the boy.
The film featured both the Kickapoo language and members of the Kickapoo tribe.
- Wes Studi as Sam
- J. Kenneth Campbell as McCoy
- Winter Fox Frank as Charlie
- Paul Butler as Harkin
- Thirza Defoe as Sally
- Christopher Wheatley as Mean Joe
- Laura Kirk as Miss Harris
- Delanna Studi as Aquene
- Butler, Robert. "Sundance audiences are loving Kevin Willmott’s ‘The Only Good Indian", The Kansas City Star, January 24, 2009
- "Kickapoo Language, Culture to be Featured in Film". Hiawatha World Online. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- Official website
- The Only Good Indian at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Only Good Indian" Sundance Film Festival website
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