Edge Of America

Item No: 27684

$ 22.00

  • From Native American director Chris Eyre comes this touching & inspirational story about loyalty, friendship & courage. New man in town Kenny Williams (James McDaniel) has just accepted a position as an English teacher at the Three Nations Navajo Reservation in Utah. Finding it hard to fit in with the tight-knit Native American community, he decides to take on the challenge of coaching the high school girls' basketball team.

    • Format: DVD
    • Studio: Showtime Ent.
    • Release Date: 2006
    • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Chris Eyre was born in Portland, Oregon, to a Native American mother and then adopted by Caucasian parents. He reconnected with his biological mother and extended Native family, and is a member of Oklahoma's Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. Eyre received a bachelors degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a masters degree in filmmaking from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he garnered numerous awards including a Rockefeller Film Fellowship and Best Film for his short, Tenacity, which screened at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. As a fellow in the Directing Workshop at the Sundance Institute, he developed the screenplay that became Smoke Signals (1998), which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and Filmmaker's Trophy. He also directed Skins (2002), Skinwalkers (2002), and A Thief of Time (2004).
  • Chris Eyre is a clear, original voice in American cinema. In Edge of America, he ventures into the heartland and returns with a tale that tugs at your heartstrings but is never sentimental. Edge of America is a sweet, endearing film that will inspire and provoke you with its unique approach to race and prejudice. It can best be described as a struggle to overcome diversity. Loosely based on a true story, the film follows in the classic tradition of sports films, right down to the exciting climax. Chris Eyre's strength as a filmmaker has always been his authenticity, and Edge of America stays true to that tradition.
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