2023 Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Virtual Screening: U.S. Centerpiece: Fancy Dance

Expired July 24, 2023 6:59 AM
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With her first narrative feature, director Erica Tremblay crafts a moving family drama about community, sisterhood, and Native identity. Lily Gladstone gives a standout performance as Jax, a queer Native woman scraping by as best she can while struggling to keep her family together. When Jax’s troubled sister disappears and law enforcement responds by threatening to remove Jax’s teenage niece Roki (impressive newcomer Isabel Deroy-Olson) from her home — quietly highlighting the oppressiveness of institutions like the FBI that prioritize the safety of white citizens over the Indigenous people who were the first to live on the land — Jax hits the road with Roki to find answers. As their journey deepens and complicates their bond, these two remarkable women provide a sense of warmth that makes Fancy Dance linger in the heart long after the credits roll.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English, Cayuga
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Genre
    Feature Film, Narrative
  • Director
    Erica Tremblay
  • Screenwriter
    Erica Tremblay, Miciana Alise
  • Producer
    Deidre Backs, Erica Tremblay, Heather Rae, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Tommy Oliver
  • Executive Producer
    Bird Runningwater, Lily Gladstone, Charlotte Koh, Forest Whitaker
  • Cast
    Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olsen, Ryan Begay, Shea Whigham, Audrey Wasilewski
  • Cinematographer
    Carolina Costa
  • Editor
    Robert Grigsby Wilson
  • Production Design
    Charlotte Royer
  • Composer
    Samantha Crain