Media in Sync is proud to announce
that the political thriller THE ACTIVIST, set during the
Native American protest of Wounded Knee in 1973, is now available
on DVD and digital platforms, after a successful run in the festival
circuit, and a limited theatrical release in the U.S.
The Los Angeles Times called it "INTRIGUING"
and the Village Voice hailed "BRILLIANT".
THE ACTIVIST is a riveting political thriller set during the Wounded
Knee protest in 1973. Two Native American activists, Marvin and
Bud, are arrested and held in custody in a small sheriff's office
in the middle of nowhere. Why are they secretly kept there when
the events make national news? When a lawyer is assigned to the
case, she will realize there is more to investigate than it seems.
Why does a representative of President Nixon make frequent visits
to the detainees? and a U.S. Senator? And a Hollywood star who is
also an activist? Confrontations will reveal deep secrets, and the
truth will come out that Marvin's wife, who died a few months before
in a car accident, might have been murdered
. With nods to
actor Marlon Brando, President Nixon, and Vietnam, the film recreates
the paranoid culture of the 1970s.
Directed by Cyril Morin and starring:
Michael Spears (Dances with Wolves, Bury My Heart at Wounded
Tonanzin Carmelo (Into the West, Imprint),
veteran TV actors:
Ron Roggé (Treme, Modern Family),
King Orba (3:10 to Yuma),
and Alena Von Stroheim (Eric Von Stroheim's granddaughter).
Bonus Features include the original theatrical trailer and
the Q&A session with director Cyril Morin after the premiere
of the film in Los Angeles.
Cyril Morin is a successful international film composer
with more than 90 soundtracks to his credits, including the TV series
BORGIA and the films by renown Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis. His
music has received numerous awards and press acclaim. The Activist
is his first feature film.
A little historical background:
February 1973: the revival of the Indian cause.
More than eighty years after the Wounded Knee massacre; on February
27, 1973 the place again became the theater of a confrontation between
the federal authorities and the activists of the American Indian
Movement. On this day about 300 Oglala Sioux as well as sympathizers
of the Indian cause gathered and occupied the village of Wounded
Knee for their rights and land to be recognized. The conflict lasted
for 72 days and many were killed or wounded.
Best Independent Film / Sedona International Film Festival
USA Film Festival (Dallas)
American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco)
Valley Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Human Rights Film Festival (New York)
New York City Independent Film Festival
1st Red Nation Film Festival (Los Angeles)
Cherokee South Carolina Film Festival
Language: English / Spanish and French subtitles available
Specs: Color / 90 minutes / Widescreen / 5.1 Surround Sound / Not
DVD available for purchase on amazon.com
Available for streaming and/or download on amazon.com, iTunes, Google
Play and Vudu.
INTERVIEW WITH CYRIL MORIN
Writer - Director - Composer
Why this interest in the 1973 Wounded Knee uprising,
the subject having never been depicted in a movie?
CM: For a long time, I've been fascinated by the Indian culture
and by their struggles. Wounded Knee, I believe, is the last Indian
"war". The "war" that gives social and cultural revival to the Native
Americans. Through this event, I also wanted to speak about the
activism of the 70s. I find this insurrection illustrates well the
change that took place in our society during that time.
I made a political thriller where the subplots in the background
are historical, but where the actions and the characters are inspired
by true events and famous characters.
You're talking about Marlon Brando, George McGovern
CM: All those characters were connected with what took place at
Wounded Knee. The senator of South Dakota, George McGovern, big
time loser against Nixon in the elections of 72, returned to the
front of the political scene by periodically negotiating beside
Marlon Brando went to Wounded Knee and also fought for Indian rights
all his life. In the film, I have recreated the famous scene in
which he refused to accept the Academy Awards for his role in «The
Godfather» because of the insurrection (March, 27 1973).
Nixon was ultimately the big loser during this time, because he
went against the current and locked himself away prematurely with
the wiretaps that resulted in the Watergate scandal. It is what
concludes the movie. But the secret plan he signed shows a large
amount of cynicism. Rules in Indian reservations are indeed not
the same than in the rest of the country and certain people broke
those rules -- and still abuse of them. It is one subject of the
movie. Moreover, we can think that the siege went beyond what the
uprising should have represented.
The movie happens almost in only one place. How
did you approach the prison and the confinement?
CM: Generally, the activists are fairly familiar with prison and
my characters undoubtedly were present during the Native American
siege in Alcatraz, Washington, or even Custer. Here, it is about
temporary jail cells, but the siege lasts longer than planned. The
confinement creates tension and pushes the characters physically
To film it, I preferred to recreate a set in a studio to have more
freedom, and especially to avoid a certain claustrophobia. But I
liked the confinement aspect of it. The film I used as a reference
was Sydney Lumet's "12 Angry Men". It's a perfect example of a "one
What about working with the set, the lighting