On Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Matthews will host Morrisa Maltz, an award-winning film director that is directing/producing a film called “The Unknown Country” right here in Spearfish. This narrative/documentary hybrid will showcase iconic Spearfish locations as well as local residents.
 
The event will feature a screening of her previously released film, “Ingrid”(approximately 50 minutes) as well as an exclusive extended trailer for “The Unknown Country.” There will be an audience Q & A about the Spearfish project with the director after the screening.
 
This is a free event, but a donation is suggested to go towards the completion of the film. 
 
Appetizers will be provided by SteerFish.


About “The Unknown Country”

THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY is a narrative/documentary hybrid. Spurred by the discovery of a forgotten family photograph, a young Lakota woman embarks on an epic journey that will take her from her home in Minneapolis all the way to the Texas border. This narrative/doc hybrid is an exploration of the American Midwest and the people and places found within it. The film stars a mixture of actors and non-actors from Middle America and aims to increase visibility of Native Americans and their stories. 
 
Morrisa has been living and researching in South Dakota (more specifically Spearfish) for the last two years in preparation for this film –  frequenting the same diners, motels, and gas stations to befriend waitresses, motel owners. Through cultivating friendships, this film has been built with the help of the community in Spearfish and surrounding areas.  
 

Starring Lily Gladstone

Gladstone was born and raised in Browning, Montana. She is of Blackfeet and Nez Perce heritage.

In 2016, her breakout role came from Kelly Reichardt‘s Certain Women playing Jamie, a lonely ranch hand, for which she won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actress.

She is also a new cast member on the television show, ‘Billions”


About “Ingrid”

INGRID tells the story of a successful fashion designer and mother in Texas who dropped her life and ran off to the woods in order to pursue a personal and creative one. She has since become a reclusive hermit and spends her time creating clay sculptures and art out of rocks from the nearby creek. Ingrid peels off the layers of this woman’s persona, questioning what would drive a successful fashion designer to immerse herself in nature to create and become an entirely self-sufficient woman of the woods.

This award-winning documentary gained recognition on the 2018 film festival circuit. “Ingrid” was named one of top 20 films of 2018 by “Hammer to Nail,” and was recently covered by The Sundance Institute and MovieMaker Magazine. “Ingrid” will make its’ PBS premiere on May 23rd and will be released worldwide Fall 2019. 

Festivals

Slamdance Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, BendFilm Festival, Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, High Falls Women’s Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, Cucalorus, Port Townsend Film Festival, Athens Film and Video Festival, Women’s Voice’s Now 

Awards

Best Director, High Falls Film Women’s Film Festival, 
Best Documentary Film, Women’s Voices Now Film Festival

INGRID TRAILER from Morrisa Maltz on Vimeo.


About Morrisa Maltz

Morrisa Maltz is an artist and filmmaker. She holds a BA from Columbia University where she majored in Visual Art and began working within the medium of video. Her work has been shown at MOCA, as well as MCA, Santa Barbara. In 2012 she created Mofones, which were sold at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and museum stores internationally.

Her first film, THE CARETAKER, won Best Live Action Short at the 2012 LES Film Festival. Her second film, ODYSSEA premiered at Slamdance in 2014. Morrisa’s first feature documentary, INGRID, will premiere at Slamdance 2018. Most recently, Morrisa created a music video/art piece for LA based band DYAN. The piece was written about by Creators Project (VICE).