Lily Gladstone and Tamara Podemski are confirmed to be joining the cast of the upcoming film ‘Fancy Dance.’
The film is directed by Erica Tremblay who is also penning the script along with Miciana Alise and production is currently underway.
The story revolves around Lily Gladstone as a Native American hustler, who abducts her niece from her white grandparents and heads out for the state powwow hoping to keep what remains of their family intact.
Gladstone got her acting break in 2016 when she appeared in The Rancher in Kelly Reichardt’s short film Certain Women, for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award. Some of her works include “Certain Women” (2016), “Walking Out” (2017), and “First Cow” (2019) to name a few. Gladstone’s most recent work is “Killers of the Moon” which is currently in post-production and set to be released in 2023.
Speaking about the project, Tremblay said, “Building from my own experiences as an Indigenous and queer woman and drawing from the stories of my relatives, Fancy Dance offers a spotlight on the matriarchal bonds that hold our communities together.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Lily Gladstone again and I’m so grateful to Confluential Films and Significant Productions for investing in me and Indigenous cinema,” she added.
Joining Gladstone in ‘Fancy Dance’ is Tamara Podemski who is a Canadian actress and writer. Podemski is widely known for her supporting role in the TV series “Coroner” as Alison Trent for which she won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the ninth Canadian Screen Awards in 2021. She is known for starring in FX’s Reservation Dogs along with her sisters Jennifer Podemski and Sarah Podemski. Some of her works in a film include “The Lesser Blessed” (2012), “Never Saw It Coming” (2018), and “Guest of Honour” (2019) to name a few. Meanwhile, Television shows in which she starred are “Coroner”, “Outer Ranger”, and “Ready or Not” among many others.
“Confluential Films is committed to telling culturally specific and commercially viable stories authentically and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Erica, Miciana, and the rest of the incredible team to help bring Fancy Dance to the screen,” stated Oliver, founder and CEO of Confluential Films.
“The Cherokee Nation is quickly becoming the leading hub for Native storytelling through film,” asserted Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content.
She continued, “Fancy Dance features Native American talent and crew and delivers accurate, current and breathtaking Native imagery while focusing on important issues faced by Indigenous women, children and their families. We are proud to offer our film incentive and services to such an incredible project.”