Director: Heather Rae Cast: John Trudell, Robert Redford, Jackson Browne


John Trudell is a poet, musician, actor, and political activist who has been speaking out on behalf of the Native American people with intelligence and passion since the late '60s. Trudell took part in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the activist group Indians of All Tribes, who intended to use the former prison as a school for Native American youth. Trudell eventually became one of IOAT's leading spokesmen, and in 1973 became chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which would become the most visible and powerful Native American activist group. In 1979, not long after a protest in which Trudell and other AIM members burned an American flag in front of FBI headquarters, his wife, mother-in-law, and three daughters died in a fire. Some have suggested that the fire was an arson set by FBI operatives (the Bureau has a 17,000 page file on Trudell, in which he is described as "extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous"). Trudell turned to poetry to help him express his grief over the death of his family and his concerns over the state of America; musician Jackson Browne admired his writings, and encouraged him to put his words to music, and with the help of collaborators such as Jesse Ed Davis and Mark Shark, Trudell began recording a series of albums which combined lyrics confronting political and personal issues with music that touched on blues, rock, and Native American themes. Well into the new millennium, Trudell remains a powerful voice in both political and creative circles, and Native American filmmaker Heather Rae spent 12 years following Trudell and interviewing him, his friends, and his colleagues to create the documentary Trudell. Created with Trudell's participation and approval, the film won the Special Jury Prize as Best Documentary at the 2005 Seattle Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2007
UPC: 0649107418570
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Passion River
Time: 1:18:00

Special Features

Contains never before seen interviews with John Trudell!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Trudell Participant
Robert Redford Participant
Jackson Browne Participant
Kris Kristofferson Participant
Amy Ray Participant
Bonnie Raitt Participant
Val Kilmer Participant
Sam Shepard Participant

Technical Credits
Heather Rae Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer
Bad Dog Score Composer
Gregory Bayne Editor
Marcheline Bertrand Executive Producer
Faye Browne Associate Producer
Lara Hill Dempsey Co-producer
B. Russell Friedenberg Screenwriter
Russell Friedenberg Executive Producer
Robert Ganger Executive Producer
James Haven Executive Producer
Angelina Jolie Executive Producer
Elyse Katz Producer
Kent Sparling Sound/Sound Designer
Gilbert Salas Cinematographer
John Trudell Score Composer
Harry B. Wallace Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trudell
1. Voices Catching Up [3:25]
2. His Name is John Trudell [3:05]
3. Omaha, Nebraska [1:20]
4. To God [:54]
5. I Already Was Somebody [1:33]
6. Alcatraz [5:52]
7. Sunrise [4:10]
8. Waking Up [3:28]
9. BIA Occupation [2:10]
10. Reign of Terror [3:42]
11. Oglala Trial [3:08]
12. See the Woman [:54]
13. Tina [3:11]
14. Fire [4:00]
15. Spirit Life Is Forever [4:04]
16. A Parting Gift [2:34]
17. Maximizing Profits [3:32]
18. The Nukes [2:08]
19. Columbus Day [2:46]
20. Parents of America [1:12]
21. Power [1:30]
22. The First Lines [1:14]
23. Tribal Voice [6:22]
24. Make a Chant [2:26]
25. Daughters [2:10]
26. Children of Earth [1:39]
27. Following the Lines [1:47]
28. End Credits [3:49]

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