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Closing Night Film. JUNE 5, 2014


National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004


Original title/Titulo original del filme: WINTER IN THE BLOOD
Directors /Directores: Andrew & Alex Smith
Cast: Chaske Spencer, David Morse, Julia Jones, Gary Farmer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Lily Gladstone, Casey Camp, Richard Ray Whitman, Michael Spears, David Cale


Date completed / Año Producción: 2012
Country / País: USA
Film category / Género: Fiction
Length of film / Duración: 98 minutes
N. Y. Premiere / Estreno en N. Y.


Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He returns home to his ranch on the reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, (Julia Jones) has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to town find her— or perhaps just the gun— beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and possibly imagined intrigues in town with the mysterious 'Airplane Man', (David Morse), a beautiful barmaid, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Are they real? Or spirits guiding him away from his true path? Virgil's quest brings him face-to-face with childhood memories of his beloved, lost brother Mose


THE BROTHERS SMITH hail from western Montana. Winter in the Blood is their second feature. They wrote & directed the award-winning feature film, The Slaughter Rule, starring David Morse and Academy Award Nominees Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams.
The Slaughter Rule premiered at Sundance 2002 to critical acclaim and went on to play all over the world, including New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art. It won the Fipresci International Critic’s Prize, as well as many other awards at film festivals worldwide, and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Indie Spirit Award. Released theatrically by Cowboy Pictures and on DVD by the Sundance Channel, The Slaughter Rule regularly plays on Showtime, IFC and the Sundance Channel. Their ‘eco-rotic’ short film the keening premiered at Sundance 2000 and played at festivals worldwide.

As a screenwriting team, the Brothers Smith were named as among Variety Magazine’s Ten Screenwriters To Watch. They are currently writing a contemporary western dramatic TV series set in a fracking boomtown.  They recently wrote Walking Out for acclaimed filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia. They also adapted the graphic novel Son of the Gun by legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky for Fox Searchlight. They have collaborated with Terrance Malick, Lars Van Trier and David O. Russell and have written scripts for Columbia Pictures, HBO, Warner Brothers, Framestore, Disney and ESPN Films.

ALEX teaches Filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the Director of the non-profit University of Texas Film Institute, where he produced Dance with the One, which premiered in main competition at SXSW 2010, and was made entirely by students but mentored by film industry professionals.

ANDREW is a filmmaker, screenwriter and Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts at the University of Montana. His short film Career Opportunities in Poetry, has screened widely at national film festivals.  He recently produced the short film, FIRE SEASON. He lives in Missoula, with his wife Courtney Saunders and two daughters, Matilde and Elodie.

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