November 24, 2009

Filming A Year in Mooring

Correspondent DMarks came across Chris Eyre's latest directorial project in downtown Traverse City, Michigan. He took pictures and posted a report in his blog:

"A Year in Mooring" Movie Filming in Traverse City

He doesn't think he saw Eyre unless Eyre was the guy in the pale green jacket:

Nobody seems to know much about A Year in Mooring (2011), but apparently it's a mainstream rather than Native film.

The movie's lead actor, Josh Lucas, isn't Native but has an interesting Native connection:Birth Name
Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer

Born in Arkansas in 1971 and christened Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer. His parents lived on an Native American reservation, and they named him based on things that happened there. His birth was so easy that the doctor hit his head on the bedpost and injured himself.
Note:  Arkansas doesn't have any federally recognized tribes. But the reservation mentioned could be in another state. Or it could be the "reservation" of an unrecognized Arkansas tribe.

DMarks notes that screenwriter Peter Vanderwall also wrote Shadowheart, a Native-themed movie. Is this a coincidence, or are Chris Eyre and the other filmmakers seeking people with a Native connection?

For more on the subject, see Catching Up with Chris Eyre and The Best Indian Movies.

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