Allan Hopkins - Director
T he Aboriginal Filmmaker’s Fellowship at the Whistler Film Festival was approaching and I desperately wanted to be selected as a participant. They only took eight filmmakers from across Canada and the deadline was looming — I had three days to write a script for the application but I had absolutely no ideas. So I did something that at the time I was sure would not work. I begin to write about me growing up on the Rez. I wrote a story that featured the people, the laughter, the friendships, the great storytellers and the crazy situations. I combined some real-life characters, elaborated on some funny real-life events, invented a new take on the road trip, wove a narrative, and Indian Road Trip was born. I think that too many movies, novels and news reporting about First Nation people focus on the pain, the injustice and the victimization.
I n fact, those where the exact stories I had been doing for years at CTV. Those stories are still important and should be told. However, I think there is room and an appetite for a film like Indian Road Trip that focuses on the humour, the fun and the unique and I believe to most non-native people, the “mysterious” world of the Indian reserve.
A lthough a comedy at heart, Indian Road Trip has many sides. One of the main themes has to do with the agonizing decision many young people struggle with, “Do I stay or do I leave the Rez.” Is there someplace better than my home? A place that is more exciting, and with more interesting and better looking people? What thrills lie waiting on the other side of the mountain, out on the highway, or in the big city? And just as importantly; what am I leaving behind?
Hank Crow Eyes
Casper Many Words