Four Sheets to the Wind
(2006, 91 min., dir. Sterlin Harjo) | Shown in DVD
Cufe Smallhill, a Seminole-Cree from Oklahoma, leaves his rural family home after his father’s death. Heading for Tulsa, Cufe visits his hard-partying sister (Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner Tamara Podemski) and soon discovers an entire world opening up. This coming-of-age fable about family, communication and forgiveness transcends any specific heritage or geographic setting. Writes Dennis Harvey of Variety: Like its shy hero, Four Sheets to the Wind is so low-key it risks making little impression -- until you realize it has stealthily won your sympathy and affection.
Four Sheets to the Wind is part of a four-film series presented by the Eiteljorg Museum and IMA, in relation to the IMA’s Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, and the Eiteljorg’s We Are Here! Native Expression in the 21st Century exhibition. The films examine both past portrayals of Native Americans in the context of more modern, urban perspectives on Native American life and self-images.