Sherman Alexie

Leslie Thatcher

Two local parents say they're trying to get answers from the Park City School District about a series of lectures which author Sherman Alexie gave to Park City High School students in September.  Kristen Brown and Art Brothers say that students were reportedly subjected to language that was inappropriate, even racist, and denigrated for their ski color.  While the episode is now water under the bridge, they say they want school officials to be more aware next time.  KPCW's Rick Brough Reports.

The controversy surrounding author Sherman Alexie continues with a vocal contingent of parents in the Park City school district who say their children experienced psychological abuse at the hands of Alexie when he lectured at Park City High School. Lynn Ware Peek has more. 

Film Director Chris Eyre and screenwriter Sherman Alexie scored big in 1998 with the film "Smoke Signals", which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was acclaimed as the first feature written, directed and produced by Native Americans.

But they haven't had a film successful since then. Alexie and Eyre walked to KPCW's Leslie Thatcher about coping with the changing tastes of Hollywood and the mass media perceptions of Native Americans. Rick Brough has more.

Author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie and director Chris Eyre aired last Thursday night for a free screening of their film "Smoke Signals" which was a hit at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

This week, they talked to KPCW's Leslie Thatcher how they came to create a movie that is now considered an independent Native American classic. Rick Brough has more.

Author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie and filmmaker Chris Eyre were in Park City last week to work with Park City High School Students, and to share filmmaking and writing with the community. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

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Author/Screenwriter Sherman Alexie and filmmaker Chris Eyre reunited in Park City this week to meet with Park City High School students and the community.  They sat down with KPCW's News Director Leslie Thatcher to talk about their work,  their collaboration on Smoke Signals and Indians at Wal-Mart.