Danis Goulet talks RESERVATION DOG’s Final Season – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Danis Goulet knows that the word “groundbreaking” can get overused, but she also believes it’s the best word to describe the FX series “Reservation Dogs.” “How important this show has been to Native representation, there has been nothing else like this,” she said in a July phone interview. “It came as a part of a wave of some other shows like ‘Rutherford Falls’ and ‘Dark Winds’ that were coming up all around the same time, and for just regular Native American life to be depicted on screen in such an authentic way, that’s something that audiences haven’t had the chance to experience.”

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RESERVATION DOGS – Review by Diane Carson

Teenage driven narratives stretch back to earliest films and television dramas. But, to its immense credit, the two season series Reservation Dogs breaks new, extraordinary ground. Set on an Oklahoma Indian reservation, and there are many in Oklahoma, we’ll learn four young men and women face what they consider bleak futures on the rez and envision better lives elsewhere. Typical, eh? But several unique elements elevate and recommend Reservation Dogs above what certainly could be formulaic struggles.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sydney Freeland to helm basketball drama REZ BALL – Brandy McDonnell reports

Navajo director Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest) is helming the Native American basketball drama Rez Ball. The film follows the Chuska Warriors, a Native American high school basketball team from Chuska, New Mexico, that must band together after losing their star player if they want to keep their quest for a state championship alive. It’s an all-American underdog story about Navajo kids and coaches told from the inside-out.

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