President's Fine Arts Series: Screening of Winter in the Blood
- Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30pm
- Cheever Hall - view map
Please join us for the screening of Winter in the Blood, from directors Alex and Andrew Smith and starring Chaske Spencer, David Morse and Julia Jones, on Thursday, March 26th in Cheever 215 at 6:30 p.m.
Plot summary: Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He sees a shocking vision: his father, ten years dead, lying frozen at his feet. Shaken, Virgil returns home to his ranch on the Reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle.
Virgil sets out to town find her-- or perhaps just the gun-- beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and improbable intrigues with the mysterious Airplane Man, his beautiful accomplice, Malvina, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Virgil's quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories, traumas and visions of his long lost brother Mose.
Virgil, bloodied and broken by his quest, realizes that he must look inward for the strength he needs to survive. In the mountains, he seeks out Yellow Calf-- an old blind man, who helps him grasp the truth of his origins. By embracing-- and no longer fleeing-- his memories, Virgil is finally able to thaw the ice in his veins.
Based on the novel by the late James Welch, a longtime family friend of the Smiths, the story of WINTER IN THE BLOOD is in some ways a tale of simple, raw struggle and survival among a small-town Native American community. After a brief prelude, the story begins with Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) waking up drunk in a ditch. His wife (Julia Jones) has left him and taken some of his stuff, and he wants it back.
The novel takes place on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and along the Hi-Line of Montana. These are areas where Welch lived in childhood. WINTER IN THE BLOOD was shot entirely in Montana on locations closely associated with Welch.
The President's Fine Art Series is brought to you by the Montana State University Office of the President and the College of Arts & Architecture.
Official Film Website: http://winterinthebloodfilm.com/
Free and open to the public. No tickets needed.
- College of Arts and Architecture