"Winter In The Blood" Film Premiere At Co-Op HS & After Party

Q&A Lead Actor: Chaske Spencer (Twilight Series)

Premiere Film & Party Pass $25 Film Only $8.00

This a Saturday All Access Pass and entitles the bearer to attend all the films , workshops, panels and keynote during the day at Gateway Community College in addition to the Premiere Film & After Party

Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School - Theater entrance is at the corner of College and Crown Streets

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.

Winter in the Blood (Official Trailer) from Andrew & Alex Smith on Vimeo.

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.


Winter in the Blood was the first of five novels written by James Welch, a Native American poet, author, documentary scriptwriter and historical essayist. Winter in the Blood has long been acknowledged as a primary voice in the Native American Renaissance. It has remained in print for over thirty-five years and is a cornerstone of the Penguin Classics canon. Welch’s total book sales worldwide number over half a million. Equally impressive, Welch’s loyal, diverse, and multi-generational fan base has driven his novels to be translated into eight languages and ensured that they remain mainstays in Native American, Indigenous Studies, and Western Literature classes in universities across the United States, Canada and abroad.

´╗┐Learn more about James and his story in our Tribute to James Welch.





The Los Angeles Times »

“The Brothers Smith, Sundance, and Winter in the Blood” by Kenneth Turan.

The Missoulian »

Winter in the Blood’ reimagined: Work of renowned Native writer will become movie.


National Public Radio »

Filmmakers Alex & Andrew Smith discuss the film and the novel’s author, James Welch.

Montana Public Radio »

The Write Question on MTPR: Featuring Alex Smith, Andrew Smith, and Ken White.

National Native News »

An interview with the directors discussing the Hi-line and the heritage in the film.

Online publications


Winter in the Blood World Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival. Full lineup information here at Deadline.com

LA Review of Books

“Digging Up the Winter: A Collage about the Making of a Film” by Michael Peck.

Los Angeles Times Blog »

Remaking a Masterpiece – Brothers scout Montana’s Hi-Line for film based on Winter in the Blood – by Kenneth Turan.

The Buffalo Post »

Reimagining Winter in the Blood.

LA Film Festival

Latino-Review.com (June 24, 2013) “Los Angeles Film Festival Movie Review: ‘Winter in the Blood’” By Gig Patta


Indian Country Today (June 24, 2013) “’Winter in the Blood,’ a Review by Sonny Skyhawk


WayTooIndie.com (June 24, 2013) “LA Film Fest Reviews: Winter in the Blood & You’re Next” By Jacob Tishler


Twitchfilm.com (June 23, 2013) “LA Film Fest 2013 Review: WINTER IN THE BLOOD Captures The True Western Spirit” By Dylan Sharp


The Script Lab (June 23, 2013) “Winter in the Blood: LAFF 2013” By Meredith Alloway


Starpulse.com (June 23, 2013) “LA Film Fest 2013 – ‘Final Day Reviews’” By Jason Coleman


Below the Line News (June 21, 2013) “Directing Duo Alex and Andrew Smith Rely on Community to Create Winter in the Blood” By Mary Ann Skewes


The Hollywood Reporter (June 19, 2013) “Winter in the Blood: LAFF Review” By David Rooney


MoveableFest.com (June 19, 2013) “L.A. Film Fest ’13 Interview: Alex and Andrew Smith on Warming Up to “Winter in the Blood” Stephen Saito http://www.moveablefest.com/moveable_fest/2013/06/alex-smith-andrew-smith-winter-in-the-blood.html#more

AwardsCircuit.com (June 18, 2013) “2013 LAFF: Winter In The Blood (**½)” By Tiffany Chai


Filmophilia.com (June 18, 2013) “THE BEST OF THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (SO FAR)” By Carlos Aguilar


IndieWire.com (June 17, 2013) “L.A. Film Fest Review: ‘Winter In The Blood’” By Katie Walsh


LA Daily News (June 19, 2013) “’Winter in the Blood’ and ‘Drug War’: LAFF Picks of the Day for Wednesday, June 19, 2013” By Bob Strauss


LA Times (June 14, 2013) “L.A. Film Fest: ‘Winter in the Blood’ depicts life on reservation” By Dana Ferguson


LA Times (June 12, 2013) “Montana offers cash grants to lure more movie, TV shoots” By Richard Verrier


Variety (June 15, 2013) “‘Winter in the Blood’ Makes Splash at Los Angeles Film Festival” By Dave McNary


Yahoo! Movies (June 15, 2013) ‘Winter in the Blood’ Makes Splash at Los Angeles Film Festival” By Dave McNary



03.29.14 - 7:00 pm
2 hours 30 minutes
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School