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L.A. Film Fest: 'Winter in the Blood' depicts life on reservation
L.A. Film Fest: 'Winter in the Blood' depicts life on reservation

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith were thrilled but stressed Thursday afternoon as the debut of their passion project, "Winter in the Blood," about life on an Indian reservation, rapidly approached. The Montana natives were close family friends with James Welch, the author of the novel on which the book was based, and sought to bring Welch's words to life in the best way they knew how. After filming on the Montana Hi-Line on a budget that they raised themselves by all manner of grass-roots fundraising -- from readings and concerts to T-shirt sales and a Kickstarter campaign -- the product of their toils, a tribute to Welch’s work, came to life. “He [Welch]...

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