Smoke Signals – Synopsis
Smoke Signals is a film about forgiveness, wrapped in a humorous road picture
with two unlikely friends – Victor Joseph (Adam Beach) and Thomas Builds-the-
Fire (Evan Adams) journeying to collect the ashes of Victor’s father. The trip
leads to deep reconciliation with the history of their parents and the alcoholism
that led Victor’s father to his ruin. The movie gives us a glimpse into the
contemporary Native American world, and is created by an almost exclusively
Native American cast.
Through this film, writer Sherman Alexie and director Chris Eyre explore Native
American identity with great insight, wit and humor. It’s truly a visionary,
character-driven comedy that translates Native American “Rez Humor” for
audiences. And, at Sundance, it was met with riotous laughter and standing
ovations at every screening while winning their Audience Award, Grand Jury
Award AND Filmmaker’s Trophy – for the first time.
- Scott Garen
Director Chris Eyre will join us for a Q & A after the film via Skype from his
home in Santa Fe.