Wichita, KS — Award-winning Wichita filmmaker Rodrick Pocowatchit’s Native American zombie comedy “The Dead Can’t Dance” will have its international and Canadian premiere in Montreal on Saturday, June 19, at the renowned First Peoples Festival.
The film is screening in competition, and will start at 7 p.m. at Cinema DuParc in Montreal’s famous arts district.
Filmed on location in Wichita with a local cast and crew, “The Dead Can’t Dance” is the story of Dax, his brother, Ray, and nephew, Eddie, as they embark on Eddie’s journey across the Plains to become the first in his family to attend college. But along the way, the trio quickly finds their trip side-tracked in a sinister twist: Something has begun to sicken and kill everyone — everyone, that is, except them! Why are these three Comanche men — and, it turns out, a gas station attendant they meet along the way — spared the fates befalling all the others? The ensuing journey lasts the night, and it’s a tale of horror, comedy, familial love and identity that will move you — and turn your American history book on its head.
The First Peoples Festival is held in conjunction with Canada’s National Aboriginal Day, and is a multi-disciplinary event that includes live theater, visual arts and film. This year is the 20th anniversary of the festival.
Pocowatchit, who will be in Montreal to attend the screening, wrote, produced, directed and stars in “The Dead Can’t Dance,” which also stars Guy Ray Pocowatchit, T.J. Williams, Wade Hampton and Randall Aviks. Jerod Cantu is director of photography. Deanie Eaton is producer. Made in conjunction with the Tallgrass Film Association. A Harmy Films and Prairie Fire Production Co. production.