The Stone Child
"The Stone Child" tells the story of an 11-year-old Lakota Native-American boy and his journey to find a home. After a painful divorce, Mathew's world is fractured by the resentments of a bitter father and a mother suffering from depression. From household to household, but never home, Mathew travels his world, tirelessly seeking the acceptance of others. Ray Walker, A Lakota artist, blames the loss of his art, the loss of his children, and the ruin of his life on his deceitful ex-wife. Ray is a kind of ghost holding onto an overwhelming bitterness fueled by a psychosis of his past. Mathew and his father go out to eat at an all-white restaurant in rural South Dakota and all hell breaks loose. They are met with racism and hostility and the arrival of the police fuels a bitter argument between Mathew and his father. Old wounds rupture, and Ray pushes Mathew further and further away, into the freedom of a new terrain - the Badlands. Finally, desperate acts bring him face to face with his own inner strengths, and with this discovery come the tools to build a kind of home only before glimpsed in dreams. Out of a world of despair, "The Stone Child" reconstructs the most inspirational tale - the greatest gift to hope and humanity -- the development of a child.
Chris Martini wrote and will direct "The Stone Child", a feature film about a Lakota boy struggling for identity as he is torn between the two worlds of his Mormon mother and Native-American father. Chris spent years researching and writing the script, which led him to Salt Lake City and Pine Ridge Reservation, where he formed a circle of allies both on and off the reservation, as well as sponsoring a Lakota child, Kestral Falcon Little. The script was Shortlisted at the 2002 & 2004 Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, was awarded Quarter-Finalist at the Slamdance and Page International Script Competitions, and was an Official Selection at the 28th Annual IFP Market and a Semi-Finalist for the script award. While at IFP, Chris had an epiphany and quickly arranged a fundraiser in order to make a short based on the feature. The word spread through the Native community and Chris found art pouring in from Native artists all over the country, as well as Native musicians to perform. With the money raised, Chris set out for South Dakota where he shot the short version with a splinter crew, led by Larry Pourier, "Skins", and shot by AFI alumni John Rotan, on Super 16mm. "The Stone Child" short film was shot entirely with non-professional Native-American actors and was selected in 2007 and 2008 for a total of twenty-one US Film Festivals, was Nominated Best Native-American Film at the 2008 Trail Dance Film Festival and won the Bronze Remi at the 2008 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. "The Stone Child" Short Film is currently being distributed by Hastings Entertainment, is part of the permanent video collection at the Heard Museum in Arizona.
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- Publisher: Triple Martini Productions, Inc.
- Product Group: DVD
- Manufacturer: Triple Martini Productions, Inc.
- Binding: DVD
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 750L x 550W x 50H
- Weight: 22
- List Price: $14.99
- UPC: 885444073229
- ASIN: B0031Y6IYY