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Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

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Our next Rialto Recommends feature is SMOKE SIGNALS with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie. SMOKE SIGNALS tells a familiar story from an underrepresented point of view, proving that a fresh perspective can help subvert long-established expectations. According to the San Francisco Chronicle "SMOKE SIGNALS is the first major feature film written, directed by and starring Indians, and it looks at Indian life in a down-to-earth yet irreverent way that focuses on its engaging characters. It was written by Spokane, Wash., novelist Sherman Alexie, based on stories from his book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.""" The Chronicle raved at the film's release in 1998 "Want to laugh and soak up warmth? Make sure SMOKE SIGNALS is on your list of summer movies to see. No wonder this unpretentious, funny and soulful American Indian movie, opening today, was voted the audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It's an experience that, even through moments of tugging sadness, makes you want to cheer. Well-acted, well- written, with spare, beautiful imagery, "Smoke Signals" has it nailed." While the Austin Chronicle said "At once poignant and slyly humorous, Eyre's film touches on the universal themes of loss, betrayal, redemption, and father/son relationships in ways that echo not only inside the reservation but outside as well. Simple and elegant, Smoke Signals is a delicious, heady debut that lingers long after the tale is told." SMOKE SIGNALS is streaming on Hulu and Hoopla or is available to rent for a modest fee from RedBox, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Apple and Vudu HERE.

Film Facts
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MPAA Rating
Adam Beach
Evan Adams
Irene Bedard
Gary Farmer
Directed by
Chris Eyre
Written by
Sherman Alexie
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