AWARD WINNING FILM IS LATEST PROJECT OF THE TRIBE’S FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY
Marskville, LA – (August 12, 2017) – Stars from the new hit film WIND RIVER joined tribal members from the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana for a private screening of the film and Q&A session on Saturday, Aug.12. The event was hosted by the Tunica Biloxi Tribe Economic Development Corporation at the Paragon Casino & Resort. Actress Julia Jones joined fellow Native American cast mates Martin Sensmeier and Gil Birmingham at the screening and participated in a Q&A following the filming.
WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars also stars Apesanahkwat, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, Martin Sensmeier and Tokala Clifford.
“Acacia Entertainment looks for investment opportunities that reflect important stories,” said Tunica Biloxi Tribal Co-Chairman Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr. “Wind River is one of those projects. Having such a stellar Native American cast on this film helps to highlight those stories. We were thrilled to have Gil, Julia and Martin join us for this special private screening.”
The film is the latest project of Acacia Entertainment, a finance and production company that is a joint venture between the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Economic Development Corporation, a wholly owned entity of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and Savvy Media Holdings. The film has been lauded for its casting of Native American cast and crew and was an official selection at Cannes.
About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.