Pow Wow

  • Thur Apr 19
Pow Wow

followed by a Skype Q & A with filmmaker Robinson Devor

Robinson Devor

“A visually striking anthropological study of a most exotic and surreal culture: that of the Coachella Valley in Palm Springs, CA. Training a precise eye on the communities that have chosen to make their home in a part of the world that would appear to be unsuited for human habitation, Devor is carefully attuned to the absurdity and paradoxes of his subject, as well as to the historical layers and class dynamics that underlie it. Pow Wow’s gaze encompasses a diverse array of landscapes and people, including legendary Las Vegas comedian Shecky Greene, an elderly Austrian heiress, trust-funders, Native Americans, and white golfers who participate in their club’s annual “pow wow” party by wearing feather headdresses. These slices of life gradually come to illustrate the story of Willie Boy, a Paiute youth who escaped a mounted posse on foot across 500 miles of desert in 1908 (and whose story would later inspire Abraham Polonsky’s 1969 film, Tell Them Willie Boy is Here).” (Anthology Film Archives)

Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 15 minutes
release year/country
2016 USA