Award winning director Bruce McDonald's earthy First Nations drama has gained a reputation as a pow-wow for emerging talent like Adam Beach (Flags Of Our fathers, Windtalkers, Law and Order Special Victims Unit and Jennifer Podemski (Degrassi: The Next Generation).
Silas Crow (Ryan Black) and Frank Fencepost (Beach) are two average 18 year olds who live on a reservation in Northern Ontario. They hope to get into a Toronto mechanic's school, but must write a story for their entrance exam first. The whole community is then shocked when one of their friends is killed by a punk at a local hangout. When he gets out of jail, they plan revenge.
The 1995 slice of Native Canadian life was a landmark ensemble piece that opened eyes to life on the modern reserve. Based on a story by W.P. Kinsella, the offbeat drama mixes growing pains with crime and old fashioned tribal justice. Dance me Outside was a breakthrough film when it hit theaters and was an inspiration for the CBS TV series The Rez, also directed by McDonald.