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If there’s one person Victor Joseph doesn’t want to have accompany him when he sets out from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation to retrieve his father’s ashes, it’s Thomas Builds-the-Fire. Thomas tells endless stories, and many of them aren’t even true. But Thomas has money, and Victor doesn’t. Their journey not only forges a lasting bond between these young men “born of flame and ash,” but what Victor discovers enables him to finally forgive his father for deserting the family.

Smoke Signals marked a major milestone as the first film written and directed by Native Americans. It also announced the arrival of a generation of Native filmmakers and fulfilled Sundance Institute’s lifelong commitment to supporting them.

Adam Beach and Evan Adams head a Native American cast that couldn’t be better. Smoke Signals won the dramatic Audience Award at the 1998 Sundance FIlm Festival.

Thanks to Miramax for providing the 35mm print for this special 20th-anniversary screening.

Fri. 1/26, 2:30 p.m., Prospector, PC

YEAR 1998

SECTION Collection


RUN TIME 89 min


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Artist Bio

Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) has received numerous awards, including a Peabody Award, DGA Award, and Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Eyre has directed and/or produced 15 feature films, including Smoke Signals, Skins, Edge of America, Hide Away, and The Seventh Fire. He has also directed television episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Friday Night Lights. In 2017, he was named Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals by the University of Hawaiʻi.