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USA | 2016 | 74 minutes | Robinson Devor

Seattle-based Robinson Devor's (Police Beat, Zoo) latest iconoclastic documentary uses the lives of residents living on the fringes of Palm Springs in the sun-baked Coachella Valley to illuminate the story of an infamous 1908 manhunt for Native American Willie Boy.

"Hypnotic viewing"Andrew Wright, The Stranger

Monday, May 29, 2017

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A stunning view of lush green golf courses in the Coachella Valley overshadows the stark Mojave Desert next door. Throughout Robinson Devor's film, black-and-white title transitions divide 14 short "chapters," following the differing accounts of a 1908 manhunt of 28-year-old Chemehuevi-Paiute Indian "Willie Boy" in the desert and the flashy celebration of a modern-day "pow wow" by country-club-goers. After killing the father of his 16-year-old cousin and lover, Willie Boy and Carlota evade authorities by fleeing across a stretch of 500 miles of desert in blistering heat. In the present day, beneath the valley's surface, fights over a massive aquifer sitting on Native American land remain hidden, while above, the partygoers frolic in feathers and cowboy boots as "time swims." Panning over the burned desert and electronic surveillance fences designed to keep outsiders off luxury golf courses, Devor seems to be asking: Has anything changed in the past 100 years? Excerpts from the movie Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), along with narration by various desert characters, provide commentary on the ongoing and uncertain past and present struggles for water and freedom in the Coachella Valley.

Director Biography

Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor has been writing and directing since the mid-1990s. His directorial debut was the 1995 documentary, Angelyne. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature-length film, The Woman Chaser.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Shoreline Community College, Encore City Arts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Robinson Devor
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 74 minutes
  • Producer: Victoria Nevinny
  • Screenplay: Michael McConville
  • Cinematographers: Sean Kirby
  • Editors: Adam Sekuler
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: You Can’t Win (2016); Zoo (2007); Police Beat (2005); The Woman Chaser (1999); Angelyne (1995)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP