Dancing on the Moon

Institute History

  • 2001 January Screenwriters Lab

Description

Sometimes it's the simplest journeys that are the hardest. And sometimes, what we are searching for is inside us all along.

Dean, Joey and Mark, three Native American friends who are more like brothers, are on the road to a powwow . . . but they carry more weight on their shoulders than they do in their trunk. Unable to overcome his grief at the death of his mother, Dean can't bring himself to participate in his tribe's traditional dances. Always the butt of the joke, Joey is searching for his identity. And always the hothead, Mark must learn to trust people outside of his tribal comfort zone. When they meet up with Katie, an old acquaintance who is trying to outrun her tortured past, the friends find themselves stranded on a lonely, deserted road where the sun is as unforgiving as their circumstances. Not far behind them is Gerald, Katie's jilted lover. In an alcohol-fueled frenzy, he tracks them down, seeking revenge to mend his broken heart. When he finds them, danger turns to tragedy. Only then does Dean find the courage to follow his heart to a place he can call homeā€”the powwow world.

Mixing humor with heartache, Dancing on the Moon is a triumph of the human spirit. It celebrates the power to be who we are, and most of all, the power to believe in yourself.

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