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Sherman Alexie

Highest Rated: 57% The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Lowest Rated: 57% The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Birthday: Oct 7, 1966

Birthplace: Wellpinit, Washington, USA

Award-winning American Indian poet, short story writer and novelist Sherman Alexie is an enrolled member of the Spokane tribe who grew up on the reservation about 50 miles from Spokane, Washington. Though he first attracted attention for his poetry, he earned increasing praise and interest from the film industry for his prose, but he rejected offers from producers who wanted to cast dark-skinned whites, choosing to wait for an Indian to come forward who would share his vision for a film. NYU-trained director Chris Eyre, a Cheyenne-Arapaho, contacted Alexie through a mutual friend after discovering his work, and together they developed material from his 1993 short story collection "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" at the 1995 Sundance Filmmakers and Screenwriters Lab. The result was the short "Somebody Kept Saying Powwow," culled from the second act of what would become the feature "Smoke Signals."

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet 49? Director - 2003
57% 73% The Business of Fancydancing Director,
Writer
$174.7K 2002

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moyers & Company Guest 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2008-2009