Today is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George
DirectorLoretta Sarah Todd
ProducerLoretta Sarah Todd
SubjectsArts Canadian History Cinema Studies First Nations Indigenous
- Release Date 1998
- Running Time 44 minutes
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada, USA
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Today is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George is a tribute to the late Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. The documentary salutes his life, his achievements and his career as a Hollywood actor.
This emotionally uplifting film goes to the very soul of the late Chief Dan George to tell the story of this unassuming Native Indian man who didn't become an actor until he was nearly 60, yet managed to change forever the very image of Aboriginal people in popular cinema. Using a deft combination of family stories, interviews with fellow actors and directors, film clips and poignant re-creations, the film takes us inside the life of Chief Dan George from his early days as a longshoreman, logger and country entertainer to his later career in acting and nomination for an Academy Award for his role of Ol'Lodgeskins in Arthur Penn's groundbreaking film Little Big Man.
Writer and director Loretta Sarah Todd is a skilled Cree-Métis filmmaker who goes far beyond celebrating Chief Dan George's film and television career. She skillfully weaves a narrative that examines the whole man, from his deep and abiding love for his wife, Amy, to his determination to provide for his family and his sense of humour. The result is a warmly personal and emotional film.
Award(s): Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival
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