FANCY DANCE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Erika Tremblay’s Fancy Dance has everything a movie needs to win awards: a plot with high stakes, strong performances by Lily Gladstone and ensemble, good character development and interaction, deeper cultural significance, and solid entertainment value. Fancy Dance also features BIPOC female creatives both in front and behind the camera, including the use of music by Choctaw composer Samantha Crain, and cinematography by Latinx filmmaker Carolina Costa.

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Erica Tremblay on FANCY DANCE – Leslie Combemale interviews

When Fancy Dance premiered at Sundance in 2023, it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and lauded by critics. The film went on to great acclaim on the festival circuit, including a special mention at Outfest and a win for Best Narrative Feature at the New York’s LGBT film festival, NewFest. The film’s co-writer, director and producer Erica Tremblay had been working on the screenplay with writing partner Miciana Alise for years. They’ve crafted, re-crafted, and tightened the story as they processed it through several writer’s labs, including one at Sundance. The attention to detail and story shows. It has garnered at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and its release is much anticipated. AWFJ lead contributor Leslie Combemale discussed the project with Tremblay in this exclusive interview:

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MISSING FROM FIRE TRAIL ROAD (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Leslie Combemale

If you like fearless, determined, powerful women unafraid of confrontation and passionate about getting answers and making change, you’ll find much to connect with Sabrina Van Tassel’s documentary Missing From Fire Trail Road. For those whose interest is piqued, French American director and investigative journalist Van Tassel’s film tackles the subject of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women through the search for one such loss, Mary Ellen Johnson-Davis from the Tulalip Tribes in Washington State, who disappeared in 2020.

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FANCY DANCE (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Indigeneous filmmaker Erica Tremblay’s Fancy Dance, still seeking distribution, is so good it has me checking the Sundance Film Festival acquisition news every few hours like a mom of someone hoping to get drafted into the NFL. It has everything an award-winning movie needs: a plot with high stakes, strong performances, good character development and interaction, deeper cultural significance, and solid entertainment value. Fancy Dance also features BIPOC female creatives both in front and behind the camera, including the use of music by Choctaw composer Samantha Crain, and cinematography by Latinx filmmaker Carolina Costa.

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