Arguably the first ever universal story to be set on an American Indian reservation, “Rez Bomb” redefines what a movie set in Indian country can be.
Set in the poorest place in the U.S., Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and directed by award-winning Scottish filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson the visually dazzling film “Rez Bomb” stars the gorgeous pairing of rising Hollywood stars Tamara Feldman (“Dirty Sexy Money,” “Hatchet,” “Perfect Stranger,” “Gossip Girl”) and Trent Ford (“How to Deal,” “Gosford Park,” “September Dawn”).
It co-stars famed American Indian activist Russell Means (“Last of the Mohicans,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Pathfinder”), veteran actor Chris Robinson (“General Hospital”) as well as a host of local actors including Tokala Clifford and Moses Brings Plenty.
The gripping film is arguably the first truly universal story to be told on an American Indian reservation. Most films set on reservations are culturally specific but “Rez Bomb’s” story would fit Marseille or Addis Ababa or Rio. In fact, it was first written for Edinburgh, Scotland but having spent lots of time on Pine Ridge Simpson wanted to shoot its incredible cinematic texture and to spend the budget where it would make a difference.
“The only way to shoot there is fast and loose, crew small and be flexible. But without the great access to the tribe I have it wouldn’t have happened. It was a truly unique shoot,” Simpson said.
“I wanted the film to help break down another barrier in the cultural apartheid in the film industry where only culturally specific films set in Indian country had been financed and want to push the barriers till any story is set in any community. People with hard lives on reservations don’t just want to watch movies about how hard life is on a reservation, so we provide them an opportunity to watch an entertaining movie with stars they can relate to but that is an escape and doesn’t just resemble their bleak daily lives.”
“Rez Bomb” has successfully toured major international film festivals as opposed to being marginalized to the Native American Film Festival circuit as sadly so many others are. It premiered at the renowned Montreal World Film Festival, the only ranked competitive film festival in North America.
A special edition DVD of the movie is currently available for film lovers and those interested in Pine Ridge and the surrounding area, with more than three hours and 45 minutes of extra features including a never before seen 50 minute long interview with Russell Means and featurettes on Pine Ridge and Rushville, Neb.