Essential West Magazine
“Earl Biss, The Spirit Who Walks Among His People” is a documentary that sheds light on this ground breaking, dynamic, mystical, and controversial Crow artist. Earl Biss (1947 – 1998) was a profound contributor to the explosion of Southwestern Art in the last half of the 20th century, and particularly to the rise of Contemporary Native American Art. His compelling portraits of Plains Indian horsemen, his phenomenal grasp of the medium of oil painting, and the sheer exuberance of his palette and brushwork earned him a place in the history books of modern art. He was, according to one Southwest Art critic and collector, "The greatest colorist of the 20th century."
The film showcases masterful art while giving deep insight into the man that created it. Archival footage of Biss speaking and painting, and interviews with tribal members, friends, art dealers, and patrons paint an unforgettable story – a joyous, dynamic, tumultuous journey to success in the art world.
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The movie was stunningly well done. The detailed production values, the immensely creative editing, the mixture of music, and the rhythm of the entire film was brilliant. It is a work of art. The piece is spiritual, poignant, emotional, stirring, and inspiring. What an excellent job you have done! I am in hopes that it will be circulated on many platforms so others can see what I saw.
~ Christie Holliday, Television Broadcast Operations