A poignant and poetic short by Detroit-based director Keenan Wetzel (previously featured here). Shot in Wyoming and the Crow Reservation in Montana, “Yellowtail” tells the story of a young Native American cowboy (Stephen Yellowtail) searching for purpose as his chaotic lifestyle begins to take a toll both physically and mentally.

“Being struck by the timeless nature of ranch life out west cinematographer Ian Rigby and I decided to capture Yellowtail on 35mm film to bring a sense of nostalgia and grit to the story. The film also features a cast of entirely non-actor cowboys including Stephen.”

Watch above and check out some behind-the-scenes images, taken by Ian Rigby, below!


Stephen Yellowtail

“While Falling”
by Alaskan Tapes

Story by Stephen Yellowtail & Keenan Wetzel
Directed by Keenan Wetzel
DP: Ian Rigby
AC/Loader: Karla Wilson
Stedicam: Greg Arch
Sound Design: Tailorsound
Film Processing: FotoKem
Film Transfer: EFilm
Production Service:
Eightfold Collective

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Editor: Shane Ford
Executive Producer: Joshua Magee

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Color: Greg Reese
Color Producer: Diane Valera
Executive Producer: Linda Jackson

Special Thanks:
Colby Wollenman
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