Sheri­dan ex­plores for­got­ten Amer­ica in films

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ - LINd­SEy BaHr The As­so­ci­ated Press

Taylor Sheri­dan has a knack for find­ing and telling sto­ries about parts of the Amer­i­can fron­tier that Hol­ly­wood doesn’t dare touch. The Texas na­tive brought au­di­ences to the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der in Si­cario and to shat­tered West Texas in Hell or High Wa­ter through his vis­ceral screen­plays. Now in Wind River, Sheri­dan ex­plores cru­elty at the Wind River In­dian Reser­va­tion in Wy­oming.

The mur­der of a young girl sets the story in mo­tion and brings a novice FBI agent Jane (El­iz­a­beth Olsen) to the snowy ter­rain. She en­lists the help of a lo­cal game tracker Cory (Jeremy Ren­ner), who is all too fa­mil­iar with the cir­cum­stances.

Sheri­dan spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press about the film, which is play­ing in se­lect cities now, and how Wind River con­tin­ues his ex­plo­ration of pre­scient themes through a thrilling genre lens. You’ve re­ferred to Wind River as a part of a tril­ogy with

and Can you elab­o­rate? The macro is it is an ex­plo­ration of the mod­ern Amer­i­can fron­tier and how much has changed and how much hasn’t changed and the con­se­quences of as­sim­i­la­tion that still re­ver­ber­ate to­day.

Why did you want to di­rect this one?

It was the only way I could guar­an­tee that the story was told the way I wanted it told. I didn’t trust that an­other film­maker would come in and see this world the way I saw it, or I didn’t know one.

Why is it im­por­tant to you to ex­plore these lost fron­tiers?

As Amer­i­cans, we are wildly ig­no­rant of our own na­tion. There are peo­ple in Los An­ge­les who have never been to the West. Same with New York. And most peo­ple haven’t been to Los An­ge­les and New York. And we watch the news and each of these re­gions is pre­sented in one way and that way is ter­ri­fy­ing to the peo­ple who are from the other re­gions. I think that un­der­stand­ing our coun­try fully means un­der­stand­ing all the peo­ple in it and re­al­iz­ing we’re just not that dif­fer­ent.

Fi­nally, is there any­thing you can say about the se­quel,

This one will feel oddly prophetic. Peo­ple are go­ing to think I’m re­ally smart. I’m not, I just imag­ined some­thing in­sane and then a year later the in­sane hap­pened.

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