Bad River documentary opens March 15

02/24/2024 6:27 am


The long-awaited Bad River documentary is set to release in AMC Theatres March 15-21, 2024. 

The FSPA Truth and Healing Team visited Ashland, Wisconsin, in June 2022 to not only repatriate items belonging to the Mashkiiziibii, The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, but to participate in the filming of this documentary. Sister Eileen McKenzie, then serving as president, was interviewed for the film.

The Bad River film’s website describes the documentary as follows:

Grant Hill (owner of the Atlanta Hawks), Allison Abner (writer for Narcos and West Wing) and award-winning filmmaker, Mary Mazzio, produced a new project narrated by Quannah ChasingHorse and Academy Award nominee, Edward Norton, about the Wisconsin-based Bad River Band and the Band’s ongoing fight for sovereignty, which unfolds in a groundbreaking way through a series of shocking revelations, devastating losses, and a powerful legacy of defiance and resilience. This inspiring project brings us through the epic sweep of history into the present, with a David and Goliath battle over a 70-year-old pipeline on the verge of a catastrophic oil rupture into Lake Superior, the largest freshwater resource in America.  As Eldred Corbine, a Bad River Tribal Elder declares in the film… “we gotta protect it… die for it, if we have to.”

Executive producer Mato Wayuhi (Reservation Dogs) wrote several hip-hop tracks for the film; Grammy-winning producer, Shep Crawford (producer/writer for Whitney Houston, Tamia, Boyz II Men) wrote and produced an original score; Executive Producer Taylor Hensel (Reservation Dogs, Reciprocity Project), worked on both the story and strategy for the project; Alec Sokolow (Toy Story) worked closely with Abner and Mazzio on all aspects of the narrative, and Bad River students created original artwork for the animation team at PunkRobot, an Academy Award winning shop (Bear Story).

With that description, while Mary Mazzio didn’t set out to do a movie about boarding schools, she quickly learned that St. Mary's Boarding School, administered by FSPA from 1883-1969, is a big part of the tribe’s history. Many tribal members interviewed for the documentary shared about abuse and neglect at St. Mary’s. That reality led to Mary’s invitation to FSPA to be interviewed for the film.
 

Trailer


Opening Dates and Locations

The film will show in AMC Theatres Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Madison, Seattle, Detroit and Ashland. See opening dates and theater locations.

News Coverage and Reviews

Bill McKibbon, a writer for the New Yorker, wrote Good Trouble on the Bad River 

Roberta Sam, artist and storyteller, offered this review:

@showme_yourmask Bad River documentary comes to select theaters March 15th directed by Mary Mazzio, narrated by @quannah.rose and Edward Norton Tickets are in my bio!! Trailer: @quannah.rose Bad River chronicles the Wisconsin-based Bad River Band and its ongoing fight for sovereignty, a story which unfolds in a groundbreaking way through a series of shocking revelations, devastating losses, and a powerful legacy of defiance and resilience. This inspiring project brings us through an epic sweep of history into the present, with a David vs. Goliath battle to save Lake Superior, the largest freshwater resource in America. As Eldred Corbine, a Bad River Tribal Elder declares: “We gotta protect it... die for it, if we have to.” The film is also executive produced by Mato Wayuhi (Reservation Dogs), Taylor Hensel (Reservation Dogs, Reciprocity Project), Victor Lopez-Carmen (former co-chair of the UN’s Indigenous Youth Caucus), Tracy Rector (Nia Tero), and Alec Sokolow (Toy Story). #fyp #movie #viral #badriver #greenscreen ? original sound - ????ShowMeYourMask #TeamOrca

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