Black Warrior of Pyramid Lake

A mutilated corpse - a gruesome murder-execution - dangles in a tree high above two American Indian gangbangers beating the shit out of two rival gang members.

Once caught, Oneida Indian FBI Agent Megan Little Valley interrogates the Indian thugs while disgraced NYC police officer Richie Eccles - a burnout white-boy who grew up on the Rez - fights with tribal cops.

  • Myrton Running Wolf
    Jarin: A fable by Jim, Knute, and Red; RezBall: A Docu-poem; Soldier
  • Myrton Running Wolf
  • Crystal English
  • JaSheika James
  • Echo Running Wolf
  • Mac Crutcher
  • Myrton Running Wolf
  • Kassandra Fuentes
  • Jeff Bentley
    Key Cast
  • Andrea Rodgriguez
    Key Cast
  • Richard James
    Key Cast
  • Stan Running Wolf
    Key Cast
  • Dwight George
    Key Cast
  • Elijah Frederick
    Key Cast
    "Gang Member 1"
  • Jordan Clanton
    Key Cast
    "Gang Member 2"
  • John Frederick
    Key Cast
    "Richie Eccles"
  • Michelle McCauley
    Key Cast
    "Megan Little Valley"
  • Sarin Poco
    Key Cast
    "Chief Dressler"
  • Chris Sanchez
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • The Broadcast Education Association - Festival of Media Arts
    Elizabethtown, PA
    United States
    March 29, 2021
    WINNER: Best of Competition - Narrative
  • Weengushk International Film Festival (Ontario, Canada)
    Manitoulin Island
    July 9, 2021
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LA Skins Fest (Los Angeles, CA)
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 18, 2020
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
  • American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)
    San Francisco
    United States
    November 7, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Myrton Running Wolf

- PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Disney-ABC Television ("LOST", "Grey's Anatomy", "Criminal Minds", "Private Practice", "Brothers and Sisters")
- CREATIVE PRODUCER: The CW and NBC network affiliates
- PROFESSIONAL ACTOR: roles include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The New World," and "Into the West" as well as stage productions in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area
- EDUCATION: MFA, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts; MA, NYU-Tisch of the Arts; Ph.D., Stanford University (Theater and Performance Studies)
- Myrton's award-winning independent film and theater productions have played nationally and internationally

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Director Statement

PARENTAL ADVISORY: As the opening sequence of our multi-award winning feature length psychological thriller screenplay, this short film uses dark comedy ("Rez Humor") and strong language to explore provocative issues surrounding contemporary American Indian existence, gang violence, and Native Nazism. Although our hope is to explore these issues theatrically and find positive ways to overcome them, this depiction may trigger sensitive viewers.

"Black Warrior" was produced in collaboration with Native American cast and crew members and little support from outside entities. We are thankful for the amazing volunteer efforts of our local artistic and tribal communities!