"Wes Studi in 'Hostiles"
Native American actor Wes Studi has enjoyed a long career in movies, appearing in such classic movies as "Dances With Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans," as well as roles on the TV series "Hell on Wheels" and "Penny Dreadful." His finest part may be his latest role as Chief Yellow Hawk, co-starring with Christian Bale in Scott Cooper's fantastic new western "Hostiles." - James Barber / Military.com (January 4, 2018)
To achieve accuracy and depth in the Native-focused content of the movie, director Scott Cooper worked with acclaimed Native filmmaker Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skins), and Native academic Dr. Joely Proudfit as consultants. Their organization, The Native Networkers, has a mission to build bridges of understanding through media and enhance cultural knowledge and understanding through Native representation.
“The biggest request that Scott and Christian had is that we, as Cheyenne consultants, get it right,” says Eyre. “Just because you’re a Native person doesn’t mean you’ll know all things Native. I was able to bring Chief Phillip Whiteman and Alana Buffalo Spirit to the project. To hear the language spoken in the right dialect and in a respectful way by Christian and Wes is something great to see on screen. It’s just a victory that millions of people will get to hear this rare language.”- Vincent Schilling / Indian Country Today (January 8, 2018)
A special screening of the 2017 movie Hostiles, starring Wes Studi and Christian Bale took place Wednesday, January 10th in Washington DC. The film has garnered generous praise from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) for its ‘authentic representation of Native Peoples’ and accurate speaking of Native languages.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2017. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2017. Entertainment Studios acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film and it was released in a limited release in the United States on December 22, 2017. It began playing in theaters across the country on January 26, 2018.
Wes Studi is a critically acclaimed actor and producer who has won numerous awards for his portrayal of Native Americans in film. He has appeared in Academy Award-winning films, such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and in Academy Award-nominated films like Geronimo: An American Legend (1993). Studi portrayed Lt. Joe Leaphorn in the PBS movies based on Tony Hillerman's novels set in the Southwest among the Navajo and Hopi, produced by Robert Redford.
In 2005, Studi portrayed a character based on chief Opechancanough, leader of the Powhatan Confederacy in Virginia, in the film 'The New World' directed by Terrence Malick. In 2009, he appeared as Major Ridge, a leader of the Cherokee before the removal to Indian Territory, in Trail of Tears. This was the third of five episodes in the PBS series 'We Shall Remain', portraying critical episodes in Native American history after European encounters, part of public television's acclaimed series American Experience, where Studi spoke only in Native Cherokee. In 2009, Studi also appeared in James Cameron's science fiction epic Avatar.
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