Originally designed as a device to get funding and the interest of audiences for the upcoming feature, this short is a compelling and engaging piece.
Adapted from Gwen Florio’s novel Dakota, a page turner mystery thriller, according to writer and director Konrad Thọ Fiedler. Both his interest in the contemporary life on American Indian reservations and the fracking oil boom prompted Konrad to adapt this story to the big screen. The protagonist Lola Wicks further spoke to his journalism experience.
Lola is indeed a captivating character and casting for the role perfect. The despair in Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs’s eyes is palpable. Together with the beautiful cinematography in the snowy landscape and the soundtrack chosen, this short is a beautifully alluring work.
I, for one, am looking forward to the feature film.
This review was written after watching Running Eagle and interviewing Konrad Thọ Fiedler.