Movie 'Wild Indian,' starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bosworth, Michael Greyeyes and Chaske Spencer, completes filming in central Oklahoma
Remember when Jesse Eisenberg showed up at an Oklahoma City Thunder game back in November? Film and basketball fans alike now have more information on the project that brought the Oscar-nominated actor to town.
Wild Indian LLC, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, has announced the completion of principal photography on the feature film “Wild Indian.” The production filmed for over two weeks in central Oklahoma, according to a news release.
The film is written and directed by Lyle Mitchel Corbine Jr., marking his feature film debut. It is produced by Oklahoman Blake Pickens (“The Land”) and Thomas Mahoney (“The Girl in the Photographs”).
The line producer is Edgar Rosa (“Brand New Old Love”), and executive producers are Eisenberg, Eric Tavitian, Katy Bettner, Lesli Masoner, Dan McClung, Niraj Bhatia, Joel Michaely and Oklahoman Brent Ryan Green.
Eisenberg ("The Social Network," "Zombieland") also stars in the film alongside Michael Greyeyes (“Blood Quantum”), Oklahoma-born Chaske Spencer (“The Twilight Saga”) and Kate Bosworth (“Superman Returns”).
Production service and rebate financing was provided by Green’s company Grey Hour Production Service, according to the news release.
Several native Oklahomans were hired for key crew positions, including Michelle De Long, as a casting director; Talia Bella and Randy Wayne as production managers; Steve Francis as gaffer; Matt Hixenbaugh as costume designer; and Angel Hanes, as lead hair and makeup.
“Bringing a film back to Oklahoma was an amazing experience,” said Pickens in a statement. “I’m originally from OKC, and the support of the local film community on ‘Wild Indian’ was incredible. I can’t wait to shoot here again!”
“Wild Indian” tells a tale of two Anishinaabe men who are inextricably linked after covering up the savage murder of a schoolmate. After years of separation following wildly divergent paths, they must finally confront how their traumatic secret has irrevocably shaped their lives.
Variety reports that Greyeyes, who is Plains Cree, plays a man who has left his tribal reservation to become an accounting executive, while Eisenberg plays his right-hand man and sole ally in both his personal and professional life. According the trade publication, Scott Haze (“Venom”) also co-stars in the film.
Spencer, who was born in Tahlequah, is of Sioux, Nez Perce, Cherokee, Creek, French and Dutch heritage.
The film was supported by the Sundance Institute through the Writers and Directors Labs, according to the news release, and a large majority of the crew were current and former Oklahoma residents.
“The film industry in Oklahoma continues to flourish,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “As we continue to grow our crew base and infrastructure, we have seen an increase in native Oklahomans bringing projects back to their home state. We are so proud to welcome them back home and showcase the talent and resources that we have developed over the past few years.”
For more information about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, visit okfilmmusic.org.