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Deadman

Directed by Chelsea McMullan
Canada, 2009 (documentary, 28 minutes, colour, English)
Deadman
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Go west, young man, to Deadman Creek, and the quixotic world of Matt Sandvoss, a Wild West-obsessed visionary who straddles the line between big dreamer and boy at heart. Despite great personal heartache, Matt doggedly pursues his plan to construct a replica of an Old-West town in a remote part of British Columbia, complete with a saloon and a gaggle of villainous gunfighters, cheerfully led by his dad, Monte. Matt's mission raises questions for Gerald Carter, a Cree resident of Deadman Creek—about the age-old stereotypes of cowboys and Indians, the easy 'commodification' of sacred land, and the troubling disparity between fantasy and history. Deadman's tranquil pacing and glorious vistas gently build to a climactic, clever and moving showdown between two opposing camps, between an ancient, peaceful way of life and the seductive yet violent mythology of the Wild West."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Chelsea McMullan
Produced by: Geoff McLean, Lea Marin, Silva Basmajian
Participants: Matt Sandvoss, Gerald Carter, Darlene Sandvoss, Norma Peters, Heather Sandvoss, Melissa Sandvoss, Kyle 'Onions' Carter, Jay 'Bones' Carter, Noreen 'Snorty' Carter
Cinematography: Maya Bankovic
Film Editing: Avril Jacobson
Music: Rae Spoon
Production Company: Vision Entertainment, National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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