Wounded Knee

Director Stanley Nelson interviews former American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks in January 2007.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum
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Director Stanley Nelson and co-producer Julianna Brannum pose for a photo with former American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Dennis Banks after his interview.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum/Stephen McCarthy
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The production team’s shooting schedule called for an interview shoot on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the dead of winter, February 2007. It was unbelievably cold, snowy and icy. In fact, it was one of the coldest winters on record in South Dakota history. Director Stanley Nelson loved stopping on the side of the icy road at night on the way back to the hotel to listen to the utter silence and to see the darkest night he had ever seen.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum
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This is a view of the mass grave at Wounded Knee. Several hundred Minneconjou Lakota people were killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum
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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at sunset in February 2007. A big snowstorm hit just as the team arrived. The team reported that the 58-mile drive back to their hotel each night was white knuckles the whole way.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum
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Co-producer Julianna Brannum stands in front of a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation stop sign.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum/Stephen McCarthy
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The cinematographer’s lighting rig was lost by the airline, so he had to jury-rig an interview set up with materials found in the Pine Ridge Catholic Church dining hall. This unique set up included a pole attached to a baby’s high chair to act as a shade and a Pepsi crate stacked atop songbooks to create shadows in the background. This church was where the victims of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre were taken.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum
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Cinematographer Allen Moore catches a beautiful shot of the sunrise on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

-Photo Credit: Julianna Brannum

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