Christmas in the Clouds

Heather Rae (Cherokee) produced Frozen River, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, won two Gotham Awards and was nominated for seven Spirit Awards resulting in a Best Actress win for Melissa Leo and the Piaget Producer Award for Rae.

Christmas in the Clouds, written and directed by Kate Montgomery, is a Native American comedy of errors that humorously defies Native stereotypes on the big screen. “I wanted to create something that was just light and fun, and really celebrated the great sense of humor that is really central in the Native community,” says Montgomery. Set at a plush Tribal owned and operated ski lodge, Christmas in the Clouds combines multiple cases of mistaken identity and a cast of quirky characters that flies “in the face of stereotypes about Native American people.”

 
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