Published November 7, 2018
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — SUANNE BIG CROW is the latest feature documentary from award-winning director Kris Kaczor. Currently in production, he is seeking funds through Kickstarter until November 16th.
SUANNE BIG CROW is the tale of a girl from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who became one of the best high-school basketball players in history. Prophesied to do great things for her people, SuAnne has become a symbol of hope to her infamous Lakota tribe. The story returns to Pine Ridge 29 years after her sudden death, where SuAnne has become a household name. Kids who weren’t even born when she was alive look up to her. Everyone on the reservation has stories, and even dreams about her. Elders cry when they say her name. It’s clear that on the “Rez” and on the high school court, everyone’s looking for the next SuAnne.
Cameras will follow SuAnne’s old high-school team, the Lady Thorpes, for the 2018-2019 season. Two players are said to possess SuAnne’s natural skill, and cousin and Coach Laura Big Crow, has already weeded out the weak. She says confidently, “This is going to be a good year.” From tryouts to away games, and through the bitter reservation winter, we will witness the resonance that SuAnne has on the people – they still feel her, and are guided by her memory.
Kaczor learned in a preliminary shoot that SuAnne has evolved to more than a basketball star. She’s become a symbol of strength that extends far beyond the boundaries of Pine Ridge. SuAnne’s story is a model for the world on what one hard-working person can do. Even when faced with the grueling reality of reservation life, SuAnne accomplished glory – and gave hope to the seemingly hopeless. She’s a role model for girls and women across the world, teaching that they can do anything they dream.
Kaczor is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter in order to produce the documentary. All donations go directly to the filming, editing, and a locally-hired, Native crew. The campaign is at: http://kck.st/2pVD6NP Filming will run from November 2018 – March 2019. The scheduled release date is December of 2019.