Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In the sweltering heat of summer, Winter in the Blood finally screens in Missoula

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Winter in the Blood had its screening at the L.A. Film Festival last month with some great reviews and interesting interviews tied to it. Now, finally, we get a chance to see it.

On Sat., July 20, there will be two screenings of the film at the Roxy Theater in Missoula at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. Also, the Heartless Bastards whose music was featured in the film, play a show the same night at the Top Hat starting at 9 PM, $20—$22. And, if that weren't enough excitement, all of this ties in with Montana Rep's Missoula Colony, which is an annual summer gathering of artists in support of the writer's craft and which takes place this year from July 13—20. Winter in the Blood was originally read at the Colony and this year's gathering has focused on some Native American writing.

Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the Montana-made film Winter in the Blood.
  • Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the Montana-made film Winter in the Blood.

Winter in the Blood was directed by Alex and Andrew Smith (The Slaughter Rule), and is based on the 1974 novel by James Welch about Virgil First Raise, who has become frozen to the possibilities of life, but whose vision quest takes him off the reservation and leads him to surprising redemption. It was filmed in 23 days on the Hi-Line, and its cast and crew of actors—many who are Native American—put a lot of work into it. Tickets are $10 and they go on sale at 10am Fri., July 12 at

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