Dance Me Outside

Institute History

  • 1995 Sundance Film Festival


Dance Me Outside, Bruce McDonald’s third feature (his last was the acclaimed Highway 61), is a funny, poignant, and appropriately political look at life on the Kidabanesee Reservation on two summer weekends set a year apart. Silas Crow is an eighteen-year-old boy who likes to drive fast, crank Metallica up full volume, and hang out with his friend, Frank Fencepost. Crow’s girlfriend, Sadie, is getting fed up with the teenage antics of this pair of ne’er-do-wells. Crow’s sister, Iliana, visits the reservation with her white, oh so politically correct yuppie boyfriend at the same time that her burly ex-boyfriend, Gooch, gets out of jail. A night of partying is in order, but things get out of hand and a young woman ends up dead. Everybody knows who did it, and no one feels like forgetting, and exactly one year later, the time is right for revenge.

Boasting a terrific cast of young, mostly unknown actors, a blistering sound track by everyone from the Ramones and the Headstones to the Celtic bagpipes of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and an original story by W.P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), Dance Me Outside is McDonald’s most humorous, thought-provoking, and accessible film yet.

— Christian Gaines

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