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American Indian music documentary "This May Be the Last Time" to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: January 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013

“This May Be the Last Time,” a documentary about American Indian music from Oklahoma-based filmmakers Sterlin Harjo and Matt Leach, will makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

The Sundance Institute recently announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition premieres and documentary premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, set for Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

As previously reported, the Oklahoma-made feature “Rudderless,” the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, also will be among the premieres at the festival. Edmond filmmakers Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison wrote the screenplay for the musical drama starring Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Anton Yelchin and Jamie Chung.

“This May Be the Last Time” is the first feature-length documentary to be released by This Land Films, a subsidiary of the Tulsa-based media company, This Land Press, according to a news release.

The doc explores the historic influence and importance of the ceremonial music of the Creek Nation, which is now in jeopardy and fighting to survive. In the film, historian Hugh Foley suggests that the Creek hymn may be the first true American music due to its multicultural composition dating back to the early 19th century.

“This May Be the Last Time”  is also the most personal film to date for director Harjo, whose past work includes “Barking Water” and “Four Sheets to the Wind,” both of which focus on themes of contemporary Native American culture. In “This May Be the Last Time,” Harjo explores the mystery of his grandfather’s death and the role Native song played in his family’s history of grief. The film follows a musical thread that dates back hundreds of years to the Trail of Tears, missionaries, and slave songs.

For more information on the documentary, click here.

Trevor Groth, director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said in a recent news release, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. Whether portrayed by recognized actors taking on more challenging and diverse roles, or in the stranger-than-fiction reality of our documentaries, we look forward to sharing these incredible stories with audiences at our festival.”


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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