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Watch: Oklahoma band Skating Polly plays 'A Little Late' at Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony


From left, Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo are Skating Polly. [Photo provided]
From left, Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo are Skating Polly. [Photo provided]

PARK CITY, Utah - Check out the video of Oklahoma expatriate art-rock band Skating Polly performing their glorious ballad "A Little Late" Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. 

The sibling trio - Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo - is originally from Edmond but is now based in Tacoma, Washington. Stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Bighorse originally formed Skating Polly as a duo in 2009 when they were 9 and 14 years old, and Kurtis Mayo officially joined the band a few years ago. 

Writer/director Viggo Mortensen poses for a portrait to promote the film "Falling" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. [Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP]
Writer/director Viggo Mortensen poses for a portrait to promote the film "Falling" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. [Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP]

Skating Polly's "A Little Late" is featured in three-time Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen's ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Green Book," "Eastern Promises") directorial debut "Falling." The drama had its world premiere at Sundance, which ended Sunday. 


Here is the description of "Falling," which Mortensen also wrote, from Sundance: 

John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Monica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. His father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping he and his sister, Sarah (Laura Linney), can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way.

In his directorial debut, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. As father and son finally confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.


Skating Polly has longtime connections to Mortensen's ex-wife, Exene Cervenka, the frontwoman of the seminal punk band X. As previously reported, Cervenka produced Skating Polly’s 2013 album "Lost Wonderfuls” and co-wrote the "ugly pop" band's pulsing alt-rock anthem “Queen for a Day,” also contributing backing vocals to the song, which is the lead-off single for Skating Polly's 2018 album  “The Make It All Show.” Skating Polly also opened for X on two legs of the band's recent 40th anniversary tour. 

 To read my 2018 interview with Skating Polly's Kelli Mayo, click here

As previously reported, Lee Isaac Chung’s period family drama "Minari," which was filmed in Oklahoma, was the big winner at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film earned both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Saturday's Sundance awards ceremony. 

Lance Henriksen, left, and writer/director Viggo Mortensen pose for a portrait to promote the film "Falling" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. [Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP]
Lance Henriksen, left, and writer/director Viggo Mortensen pose for a portrait to promote the film "Falling" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. [Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP]

-BAM 


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From left, Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo are Skating Polly. [Photo provided]

From left, Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo are Skating Polly. [Photo provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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