Makwa, a young Anishinaabe boy, has a rough life. He often appears at school with bruises he says he got falling down, but no one believes him. He and his only friend, Ted-O, like to escape by playing in the woods, until the day Makwa shockingly murders a schoolmate. After covering up the crime, the two boys go on to live very different lives. Now, as adult men, they must face the truth of what they have done and what they have become. In his feature debut, writer/director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr tells a story that spans centuries and the continent in a film destined to be a touchstone in Indigenous cinema. With a strong and compelling visual style that evokes both fascination and dread, the film considers the cost of survival in a world as cruel as our own.
- Direction: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.
- Script: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.
- Cinematography: Eli Born
- Editing: Ed Yonaitis
- Sound: Eric Marks, Rob Marshall, John T. Marshall
- Music: Gavin Brivik
- Actors: Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Gromarty, Scott Haze
- Production: Logical Pictures, Pureplay Entertainment
- Producers: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Thomas Mahoney, Eric Tavitian
- Co-producers: Talia Bella, Dan Burks, Blake Pickens, Randy Wayne
- Costumes: Matthew Hixenbaugh, Nikki Pelley
- Production Design: Jonathan Guggenheim
- Make Up: Hannah Gates
- Format: DCP
- Color: Color
- Production Country: USA
- Production Year: 2020
- Duration: 87'
- Contact: Pulsar Content
Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.
Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. is a filmmaker. His short films Shinaab and Shinaab, Part II premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and 2019 and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and 2018. He was supported at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab in 2017 and 2018. He is one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch for 2021.
2014 A Doctor and a Security Guard in Love (short)
2017 Shinaab (short)
2019 Shinaab, Part II (short)
2021 Wild Indian