THE ACTIVIST is a riveting political thriller set during the Wounded Knee protest in 1973. Two Native American activists, Marvin and Bud, are arrested and held in custody in a small sheriff’s office in the middle of nowhere. Why are they secretly kept there when the events make national news? When a lawyer is assigned to the case, she will realize there is more to investigate than it seems. Why does a representative of President Nixon make frequent visits to the detainees? and a U.S. Senator? And a Hollywood star who is also an activist? Confrontations will reveal deep secrets, and the truth will come out that Marvin’s wife, who died a few months before in a car accident, might have been murdered…. With nods to actor Marlon Brando, President Nixon, and Vietnam, the film recreates the paranoid culture of the 1970s.
Directed by Cyril Morin and starring Michael Spears (Dances with Wolves, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), Tonanzin Carmelo (Into the West, Imprint), veteran TV actors Ron Roggé (Treme, Modern Family) and Circus-Szalewski (Conan), King Orba (3:10 to Yuma), and Alena Von Stroheim (Eric Von Stroheim’s granddaughter).
The Activist is available on DVD and digital download and streaming in the U.S. and Canada.