By Roscoe Pond
Preview "Black Cloud" videos were submitted to Indian Centers in the southwest and in Southern California. That's how I saw the film. Schroder had received a reported $1 million dollars from several Casino tribes to produce the film. "Black Cloud" premiered in Arizona to a lot of fanfare and the film sold primarily on the name of Schroder as its' director. He won numerous film festival awards, but "Black Cloud" was critically panned and was a financial disaster. It never got a wide release in theaters and went straight to DVD.
For more on the subject, see My Take on Black Cloud and The Best Indian Movies.