“La Mission” takes place in San Francisco’s Mission District, an area highly populated with Hispanics. The main character of the film, Che, played by Benjamin Bratt is a patriarch of the community who is also an ex-convict and recovering alcoholic. Che discovers his son is gay and reacts with violence.
Shining Elk plays one of the “Mission Boyz,” a group of Che’s close friends that salvage junked cars and transform them into low rider classics.
“The Only Good Indian” stars Wes Studi of “Last of the Mohicans” who plays a 1900s Cherokee bounty hunter hired to capture an escaped student from the Haskell Indian Boarding School. In the film, Shining Elk portrays Martin Two Spirit a patient in an Indian insane asylum.