Movie Trailer: ‘Wind River’ Takes Place on a Native Reservation

The Weinstein Company Gil Birmingham and Jeremy Renner in Wind River (2017).

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Wind River feature film has supporting all-star Native cast including Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Martin Sensmeier

The feature Wind River, which was featured at Cannes and has an American release date of August 4, 2017, is set on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Starring Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in the Avengers Franchise, Bourne Legacy) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch in Avengers and Captain America: Civil War), the film features a list of supporting all-star Native actors, including Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Martin Sensmeier.


A still from the Longmire episode ‘Wanted Man’; caption from A&E: ‘Malachi (Graham Greene), the corrupt Tribal Police Chief that Henry helped Walt put behind bars, has made parole. He steps behind the bar and helps himself to a drink. Pictures from Longmire on A&E.’ Source:

The film has received considerable praise from critics and an 86% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet it also has a small share of critics in Indian country due to what some are calling ‘White Saviorism.”

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Wind River poster, produced by the Weinstein Company.

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Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest in the Magnificent Seven

Though the tale is about a murder on a Native reservation, many critics still lump the genre into the western category. Time magazine’’s Stephanie Zacherak titles her article, “Wind River Is a Beautiful Modern Western About Another America.” and continues “Wind River is a modern western, and one of very few forays into the genre that’s set in snow country.”

In the film, Renner and Olsen’s characters investigate the murder of a Native woman and interact with Native characters portrayed by Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene and Martin Sensmeier.

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The youthful Gil Birmingham and ‘The Dude’, Jeff Bridges in an intense scene from ‘Hell or High Water’

Wind River was written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, known for Hell or High Water (2016), Sicario (2015) and Sons of Anarchy (2008-2010).

Watch the Trailer here.

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