Skins


1h 30m 2002

Brief Synopsis

One hundred years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, the painful legacy of the Indian wars still reverberates through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux attempt to preserve their ancient dignity while living on welfare checks and surplus commodity food. Whiteclay, Nebraska, i

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
2002
Production Company
First Look Holdings; Overseas Filmgroup
Distribution Company
FIRST LOOK/FIRST LOOK PICTURES; First Look Holdings; First Look Pictures
Location
Nebraska, USA; South Dakota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

One hundred years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, the painful legacy of the Indian wars still reverberates through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux attempt to preserve their ancient dignity while living on welfare checks and surplus commodity food. Whiteclay, Nebraska, is a small town two miles south of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Their annual beer sales exceed 3.5. million per annum. More than 95% of those sales are to Lakota people from the Pine Ridge Reservation. For Rudy Yellow Lodge, the ramifications are clearly visible in the unemployment, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse he confronts as a criminal investigator with the Pine Ridge Police Department. Rudy's job is to protect the inhabitants of the "rez" from themselves; he spends most nights locking up drunk and disorderly Indians, which frequently includes his alcoholic brother Mogie. Before long, Rudy finds himself taking the law into his own hands, disguised with black shoe polish and a stocking over his head. Rudy's alter ego is a vigilante bent on dispensing swift justice. Rudy's trail of vengeances ends tragically when he unwittingly injures Mogie while retaliating against the multi-million dollar liquor business generated in the tiny border town of Whiteclay. Ironically, Rudy and Mogie achieve some measures of redemption through this tragic mistake. As Mogie recuperates in the hospital, the brothers lay bare some of the darker, unspoken events of their past, and in so doing, begin the process of mending their fractured relationship. When Mogie succumbs to cirrhosis of the liver a few weeks later, Rudy travels to Mount Rushmore to honor his big brother, as well as his people, with final, act of defiance.

Crew

Randall Balsmeyer

Visual Effects Supervisor

Heath Banks

Production Coordinator

Dave Bennett

Production Manager

Alex Blatt

Post-Production Supervisor

Shawn Bordeaux

Location Manager

Brenda Chambers

Associate Producer

Chris Cooney

Executive Producer

Jeff Cooney

Executive Producer

Gonzalo Cordoba

Art Director

Debbie De Villa

Production Designer

Marius Devries

Song ("Peyote Healing")

Chris Eyre

Co-Producer

Carson Gardner

Song ("Spirit Horses"), Song ("The Heron Smiled")

Beau J Genot

Post-Production Consultant

Jim Gerwig

Caterer

Todd Glinsman

Production Accountant

Johnny Guerrero

Song ("Shoot It Out")

Larry Gus

Still Photographer

Josh Hakian

Special Effects Coordinator

Matthew D Hale

Key Grip

Rene Haynes

Casting

Annie Humphrey

Song ("Spirit Horses"), Song ("The Heron Smiled")

Annie Humphrey

Song Performer ("Spirit Horses"), Song Performer ("The Heron Smiled")

Matt Karol

Storyboard Artist

Stephen Kazmierski

Director Of Photography

Kathy Kelehan

Visual Effects Producer

Shannon E Kenny

Script Supervisor

Jon Kilik

Producer

Jeff Layton

Sound Effects Editor

Ron Leamon

Costume Designer

Ceth Leonard

Song ("Shoot It Out")

Ceth Leonard

Song Performer ("Shoot It Out")

Clint Lilley

Stunt Coordinator

Adrian Louis

Source Material (From Novel)

Jennifer D Lyne

Screenwriter

Jennifer D Lyne

Co-Producer

Stefany Mathias

Assistant (To The Director)

Eugene Mazzola

Co-Producer

Matt Mcdonald

Digital Animator

Matt Mcdonald

Digital Compositor

Johnny Mike

Song ("Peyote Healing")

Mark Moore

Transportation Coordinator

Neal Nathanson

Caterer

Kenneth Novak

Supervising Sound Editor

Marienne O'brien

Key Costumer

David Pomier

Executive Producer

Larry Pourier

Associate Producer

Verdell Primeaux

Song ("Peyote Healing")

Buddy Red Bow

Song ("Winds Of Life"), Song ("My Friend The Buffalo")

Buddy Red Bow

Song Performer ("Winds Of Life"), Song Performer ("My Friend The Buffalo")

Jaime Robbie Robertson

Song ("Peyote Healing"), Song ("Making A Noise")

Jaime Robbie Robertson

Song Performer ("Peyote Healing"), Song Performer ("Making A Noise")

Chad Rosen

Assistant Director

Carrie Rowland

Craft Service

Duke Scoppa

Property Master

Lisa Scoppa

Set Decorator

Michael Scott

Unit Manager

Keith Secola

Song Performer ("Ndn Karz")

Keith Secola

Song ("Ndn Karz")

Amit Sethi

Digital Animator

Amit Sethi

Digital Compositor

B.c. Smith

Original Music

Bruce Springsteen

Song Performer ("Born In The Usa")

Bruce Springsteen

Song ("Born In The Usa")

Mato Nanji Standing Bear

Song ("Waiting For You")

Paul Trejo

Editor

John Trudell

Song Performer ("Spirit Horses")

Jeff Valeri

Production Coordinator

Thomas Gregory Varga

Sound Mixer

Tristana Ward

Music Supervisor

Tristana Ward

Music Clearance

Clinton Wayne

Makeup/Hair Design

Ronald J Webb

Music Editor

Cliff Weisner

Gaffer

Neil Young

Song ("Goin' Home")

Neil Young

Song Performer ("Goin' Home")

A J Zirkelbach

Caterer

T Z Zirkelbach

Caterer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
2002
Production Company
First Look Holdings; Overseas Filmgroup
Distribution Company
FIRST LOOK/FIRST LOOK PICTURES; First Look Holdings; First Look Pictures
Location
Nebraska, USA; South Dakota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2002

Released in United States December 13, 2002

Released in United States Fall September 27, 2002

Released in United States January 2002

Released in United States June 2002

Released in United States on Video March 25, 2003

Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival June 14-27, 2002.

Shown at the Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 2002.

Feature screenwriting debut for Jennifer Lyne.

Sophomore feature directorial effort for Chris Eyre who debuted with "Smoke Signals" (USA/1998).

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at the Montreal World Film Festival August 22 - September 2, 2002.)

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.)

Released in United States on Video March 25, 2003

Released in United States June 2002 (Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival June 14-27, 2002.)

Released in United States Fall September 27, 2002

Released in United States December 13, 2002 (Los Angeles)