December 17, 2010

Preview of Algonquin

Kimberly Guerrero jumps into romantic comedy with both feetActress Kimberly Norris Guerrero still gets recognized as Jerry’s girlfriend in “The Cigar Store Indian” episode from the “Seinfeld” sitcom. This time, as a best friend, she turns an unwished wedding into an extravaganza in “Algonquin,” a romantic comedy for the box office, being produced by New Life Entertainment International.

Cast as a Pocahontas descendant mildly obsessed with playing the Powhatan princess in reenactments, Guerrero says, “’Algonquin’ is like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ meets ‘Northern Exposure.’ How can I do anything but jump into this project with both feet!”

An ancestral marriage contract forces a reluctant bride, the best friend of Guerrero’s character, to marry a groom she loathes but has birthrights to the same untamed woods she must safeguard as successfully as her forefathers.

Of Colville, Salish-Kootenai, and Cherokee heritage, Guerrero speaks about wellness and the arts on reservations and in First Nation communities across the country. Still charged from a Wampanoag tribal youth summer gathering on Martha’s Vineyard, she keeps an open ear to the next generation.

“That tribes have not only survived but are thriving on the East Coast where European colonization began is completely inspiring,” Guerrero said. “‘Algonquin’ shines the light on one of these tribal communities and its rich culture in such an organic way that you hardly realize you’re getting a history lesson.”
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Kimberly Guerrero in Grey's Anatomy and Indians in My Neighbor Totoro.

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