Mile Post 398

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Mile Post 398
Directed byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Produced byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Written byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
StarringBeau Benally
Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie III
Gerald Vandever
James Junes
Kim White
KJ White
Dwayne Lake
Music byAaron White
Yaiva
Coalition
Ethnic De Generation
CinematographyShonie De La Rosa
Edited byShonie De La Rosa
Distributed bySheephead Films
Release dates
  • January 9, 2007 (2007-01-09)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Navajo
 
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Mile Post 398
Directed byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Produced byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
Written byShonie De La Rosa
Andee De La Rosa
StarringBeau Benally
Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie III
Gerald Vandever
James Junes
Kim White
KJ White
Dwayne Lake
Music byAaron White
Yaiva
Coalition
Ethnic De Generation
CinematographyShonie De La Rosa
Edited byShonie De La Rosa
Distributed bySheephead Films
Release dates
  • January 9, 2007 (2007-01-09)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Navajo

Mile Post 398 is a 2007 independent drama film written, directed and produced by Shonie and Andee De La Rosa, it is also the first featured film in cinema history that an all-Navajo team wrote, produced, directed, filmed and starred in.

Filmed almost entirely in Kayenta, Arizona, as well as in several other locations in the surrounding region, (Black Mesa, Chinle, Many Farms and Tsegi). It was an official selection of the American Indian Film Festival and Monument Valley Film Festival.


Plot[edit]

Taking place on the Navajo Nation, Cloyd Begay (Beau Benally), has been a victim of alcohol abuse and domestic violence throughout his childhood in result having him resorting to alcohol to repress his memories. As he is willing to take responsible for his life and as husband and father, his drinking buddies Jimmy (Gerald Vandever) and Marty (James Junes) cultivate in having Cloyd continue their carefree lifestyle of drinking and partying, preventing him to change. All the while, his wife Lorraine (Kim White) and son Michael (KJ White) begin to lose hope in him and seriously consider leaving him. As the ensuing events unfold, it leads him making the choice that will change his life forever.

Cast[edit]

ActorRole
Beau BenallyCloyd Begay
Gerald VandeverJimmy, one of Cloyd's drinking buddies
James JunesMarty, one of Cloyd's drinking buddies
Ernest "Ernie" David Tsosie IIIRay Yazzie, Cloyd's friend
Kim WhiteLorraine Begay, Cloyd's wife
KJ WhiteMichael Begay, Cloyd's son
Dwayne LakeSteven, Cloyd's boss
Anthony "Horse" YellowhorseHorse, Bootlegger

Awards[edit]

YearAwardWinner/NomineeCategoryResult
2007American Indian Film FestivalErnest "Ernie" David Tsosie IIIBest Supporting ActorWon
Fargo Film FestivalShonie and Andee de la RosaNative American Voices/Best Narrative FeatureWon
Tulalip Film FestivalShonie and Andee de la RosaBest DramaWon
Best ScreenplayWon
2008Talking Stick Film FestivalBeau BenallyBest ActorWon

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