Filmmaker insists on Native actors, cultural accuracy
By Cindy Yurth
The Gallup filmmaker realizes this is not the way to reach a mass audience. It is certainly not the way to get rich.
"I'm not going after Hollywood," he said in a recent interview over coffee at the Thunderbird Lodge in his native Chinle. "My audience is my elders. If I can make Grandma smile, it's worth it to me."
"Rainbow Boy" came to Brown fully formed while he was meditating. It's a mystical allegory about an ancient warrior who turns up in modern Gallup.
"It takes a man who came from the past to see what we've lost," Brown explained. "He sees the sadness in the eyes of our people, the destruction of the land, but most importantly, that we don't call ourselves 'Holy Earth Surface People' anymore, just 'The People.'"
Below: Leland Grass as Eagle Catcher and Reggie Mitchell as Haske Dziil in Norman Patrick Brown's film Rainbow Boy. (Special to the Times--Donovan Quintero)