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The Last Indian War

The Last Indian War is the incredibly moving coming of age story about the forced re-location of Native American Indian children and the birth of the modern game of football. It’s the true-life saga behind the most important football game ever played: the Carlisle – Army football game of 1912.

  • Michael Graf
    Winter Of Frozen Dreams
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    Sports, History, True Story, Drama, Native American, Football, Western, Inspirational, Biopic
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    United States
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  • Paris Arts & Movie Awards (PAMA)
    Paris, France
    September 27, 2015
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Culture & Heritage Award
  • Las Vegas International Screenwriting Competition
    Las Vegas, NV
    August 8, 2016
    Best Feature Sports Screenplay
  • All Sports Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    July 28, 2014
    2nd Place Screenplay
  • Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    March 15, 2016
    Best Feature Screenplay
  • Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting Semi-Finalist
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 25, 2012
  • Official Selection Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Beverly Hills, CA
    May 20, 2016
    Official Selection Screenplay competition
  • Official Selection Canadian Film Festival
    Vancouver, Canada
    May 20, 2016
    Official Selection, Screenplay competition
  • Official Selection of the International Film Festival of World Cinema
    Madrid, Spain
    July 4, 2016
    Official Selection, Screenplay Competition
  • Official Selection of the International Film Festival, Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
    August 8, 2016
    Official Selection, Screenplay Competition
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
    December 9, 2016
    Best Feature Screenplay
Writer Biography - Michael Graf

Michael Graf, Writer/Director: Named “Director of the Year” by Screen Magazine, Michael Graf is an Emmy® Award winning filmmaker and principal owner of Spot FilmWorks, Ltd. and has produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials for national and regional clients alike.

He’s directed work for a wide range of companies including AstraZeneca, The Miller Brewing Company, Jimmy Johns, Canon, Casey’s Pizza and Dow Agrosciences.

His award winning commercial work has been broadcast during the Super Bowl and been featured in Communication Arts and In Camera Magazines. Graf won Best of Show honors at the International Summit Creative Awards in Seattle, top broadcast honors at the NY Ace Awards, the CINE Golden Eagle, the Chicago Film Festival’s Hugo Award and a Silver WorldMedal at the New York Festivals for his directing.

He has won the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Award for Diversity for his commercial campaign for the International Peace Council and his work for Jimmy Johns was showcased on’s Top 10 list of best commercials worldwide.

His recent screenplay, The Last Indian War, about the forced relocation of Native American children and the birth of modern football won the Culture & Heritage Award at the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition in Hollywood, was a semi-finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriters, was a second place winner at the LA All Sports Film Festival, was a semi-finalist at Circus Road Films Screenplay Contest and was a finalist at Sundance Film Festival’s screenwriting competition.

Graf is also co-author of the award-winning screenplay, Winter Of Frozen Dreams, which won top screenwriting honors at both the IFP Market in New York and at Worldfest Houston. The film stars Thora Birch and Keith Carradine.

Graf is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, is an adjunct professor at Marquette University and previously sat on the Board of Directors of IFP Chicago (the Independent Film Project) and SERVE Marketing. He is also a founding member and Board of Director of Film Wisconsin, a non-profit group serving Wisconsin’s filmmaking community.

He moved to the mid-west from Los Angeles where he previously worked at both Walt Disney Studios and The Post Group. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s prestigious SI Newhouse School of Communications, owns a small farm in rural Wisconsin and raises horses with his wife, Linda, a renowned equestrian artist, and their two little dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Willy.

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Writer Statement

With the on going controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins name and the use of Native American names and images in high school and college football no one is asking why and how football programs got their names in the first place. Most people are surprised to find out that the great American past time, football, owes it's very existence to a small group of Native American Indian kids ripped from their families and tribes by the US Military and sent off to a military boarding school, the Carlisle School, in rural Pennsylvania. In fact, Dwight D. Eisenhower said the Carlisle Indians changed the very course of History. And sadly, most people today have never heard about the Carlisle Indians - the team that invented the modern game of football. It's a hell of a good story.