Hank Williams First Nation

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Hank Williams First Nation
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Directed by Aaron James Sorensen
Produced by Aaron James Sorensen
Written by Aaron James Sorensen
Starring Gordon Tootoosis
Jimmy Herman
Stacy Da Silva
Bernard Starlight
Colin VanLoon
Cinematography C. Kim Miles
Edited by Aaron James Sorensen
Distributed by Maple Pictures
Release dates
  • November 2004 (2004-11) (AFI Los Angeles Fest)[1]
  • February 2005 (2005-02) (Canada)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Hank Williams First Nation is a 2004 film directed by Aaron James Sorensen. It is Sorensen's first feature film.

The film stars Gordon Tootoosis, Jimmy Herman (who were both on North of 60), Stacy Da Silva, Bernard Starlight, and Colin VanLoon.


The film follows the story of a seventy-five-year-old Cree tribesman named Martin Fox who has been reading too many tabloids and learning that Elvis and Lady Di are still alive. From this he begins to wonder if his hero Hank Williams, Sr. is not still alive as well. Before he dies he commits to making a Greyhound trip to Nashville to find out more about the country music legend.

Williams is actually buried in Montgomery, Alabama.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Premiering in competition at the American Film Institute's AFIfest in 2004, the film went on to win several awards at US festivals.

Box office[edit]

Hank Williams First Nation was the 3rd highest grossing Canadian (English) film at the Canadian box office in 2005. In 2006, the film was adapted into a 6-episode TV series for Canadian broadcaster APTN. It was shot in Peace River, Alberta and Utah.

Home media[edit]

The film was released in Canada in February 2005.


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