“Fancy Dance” by Erica Tremblay with Lily Gladstone in progress from Confluential Films
EXCLUSIVE: Production is underway for fancy dance in the Cherokee Nation/Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
From a script by directors Erica Tremblay & Miciana Alise, fancy dance was developed with support from the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, and Indigenous Intensive. Charlotte Koh for Confluential Films and Bird Runningwater are executive producers.
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Deidre Backs, Erica Tremblay, Heather Rae, Nina Yang Bongiovi (with Forest Whitaker at Important Productions) and Tommy Oliver (Confluential Films) are producing with funding from Confluential Films with additional support from AUM Group.
The film stars Lily Gladstone (The Moonflower Slayers, Some women) as a Native American hustler who, following the disappearance of her sister, kidnaps her niece from the child’s white grandparents and leaves for the state powwow in hopes of keeping intact what rest of their family. Isabelle Deroy-OlsonThe Shadow of the Rougarou) plays the niece.
“Drawing on my own experiences as an Indigenous and queer woman and drawing on the stories of my loved ones, fancy dance highlights the matriarchal ties that unite our communities,” said Tremblay (Booking Dogs, Petit Chef). “I’m thrilled to be working with Lily Gladstone again and so grateful to Confluential Films and Important Productions for investing in me and Indigenous filmmaking.”
“Confluential Films is committed to telling culturally specific and commercially viable stories in an authentic way and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Erica, Miciana and the rest of the incredible team to help bring Fancy Dance to life. onscreen,” said Oliver, Confuential’s Founder and CEO.
fancy dance is a recipient of production incentives from the Cherokee Nation Film Office and the Tulsa Film Fund. CNFO’s mission is to increase the presence of Native Americans at all levels of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and employment in the Cherokee Nation. The Tribe’s Film Incentive Program works to attract more film and television projects to film on the Cherokee Nation reservation.
“The Cherokee Nation is quickly becoming the primary hub for Indigenous storytelling through film,” said Jennifer Loren, Director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “fancy dance features Native American talent and crew and delivers accurate, current, and stunning Native imagery while focusing on important issues facing Native women, children, and their families. We are proud to offer our incentive film and our services to such an incredible project.
“On behalf of Tulsa County and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture, we are thrilled to support this feature film with the Film Tulsa Fund, made possible with funding from American Rescue Tulsa County Plan Act,” the Tulsa County commission chairman said. , Karen Keith. “Tulsa FMAC has been working with producers since 2021, so seeing this project start filming in the area is very exciting. Funding supports job creation for local crew members and an economic boost felt throughout the county, which is the exact purpose of the Film Tulsa Fund and why Tulsa County continues to support the film industry local.
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