Dance Me Outside

1994 Canadian film
Dance Me Outside
Directed byBruce McDonald
Written byJohn Frizzell
Bruce McDonald
Don McKellar
Based onDance Me Outside by W. P. Kinsella
Produced byBrian Dennis
Bruce McDonald
Duke Redbird
  • Ryan Black
  • Adam Beach
  • Lisa LaCroix
  • Michael Greyeyes
  • Kevin Hicks
  • Jennifer Podemski
  • Sandrine Holt
CinematographyMiroslaw Baszak
Edited byMichael Pacek
Music byMychael Danna,
Keith Secola
Distributed byApex Entertainment
Shadow Shows Distribution
Cineplex Odeon Films
Release date
September 1994 (TIFF)
Running time
84 minutes
Box office$304,852 (USA)

Dance Me Outside is a 1994 Canadian drama film, directed by Bruce McDonald.[1] It was based on a book by W.P. Kinsella.[2]

The film premiered at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival,[3] before going into commercial release in 1995.


On the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario lives Silas Crow (Ryan Black), a young man looking for direction in life. He is uncertain about taking an automobile mechanic's course in college. His general confusion with life is most readily evident in his appearance. He wears an old ratty black fedora, a strange assortment of cargo pants, as well as a long, black trench coat. Frank Fencepost (Adam Beach) is Crow's best friend, and Sadie Maracle (Jennifer Podemski) is his girlfriend.

A young girl from the reserve is murdered by Clarence Gaskill (Hugh Dillon); the white man's sentence is light, leading the community to demand justice or vengeance.


Dance Me Outside was the first acting role for Dillon, who was previously known as a rock singer.[4] He later starred in McDonald's Hard Core Logo, and has since gone on to become an acclaimed actor in television series such as Durham County and Flashpoint.

The rock band Leslie Spit Treeo had a cameo in the film, performing in concert at the reserve's community hall, "The Blue Quill Hall".[2] Blue Quill is a borrowed name of a community in W.P. Kinsella's hometown of Edmonton. Other contributors to the soundtrack included the folk music duo Kashtin, singer-songwriter Keith Secola and Dillon's band The Headstones, as well as previously recorded songs by Redbone and The Ramones, and an instrumental score by Mychael Danna.

The film was shot primarily on the Shawanaga, Wasauksing and Sucker Creek First Nations reserves near Parry Sound, with a small amount of location shooting in Parry Sound.[5]

Television series

A television series, The Rez, was spun off from the film in 1996.[6] In the series, Frank Fencepost was played by Darrel Dennis instead of Adam Beach, who was instead given the role of the chief's son, Charlie. Ryan Black and Jennifer Podemski kept their roles, while Podemski's sister Tamara played a new character named Lucy.


The film won two Genie Awards at the 16th Genie Awards in 1996, for Best Editing (Michael Pacek) and Best Sound Editing (Steve Munro, Andy Malcolm, Michael Pacek, Peter Winninger and Michael Werth).[7] It was also nominated, but did not win, for Best Overall Sound (Keith Elliott, Peter Kelly, Daniel Pellerin and Ross Redfern).[8]


After the film's spring 1995 theatrical run, the film was released on videocassette in 1995 by A-Pix Entertainment and in Canada that same year by Cineplex Odeon. The Canadian tape contained the music video for "Cemetery" performed by The Headstones. Video Service Corporation released the film on DVD in 2008.


  1. ^ Marc Horton, "Dance Me Outside one of best in the fest; Toronto International Film Festival". Edmonton Journal, September 18, 1994.
  2. ^ a b Rob Salem, "Dance Me Outside struts a lively two-step". Toronto Star, March 10, 1995.
  3. ^ Jane Stevenson, "Lots of sex at Toronto's film festival; Renegade film-maker Bruce McDonald's latest will be opener". Montreal Gazette, August 5, 1994.
  4. ^ David Howell, "Kinder, gentler Dillon could be illusion; Headstones' lead singer now sips cappuccinos, but his voice remains pure vitriol". Edmonton Journal, May 18, 1995.
  5. ^ Peter Birnie, "Dance Me Outside: Toronto filmmaker Bruce McDonald on the road to new things". Waterloo Region Record, March 24, 1995.
  6. ^ John McKay, "Raw talent is the draw on The Rez". Kingston Whig-Standard, September 20, 1997.
  7. ^ John Griffin, "Lepage and Ransen both honored at Genie awards". Hamilton Spectator, January 15, 1996.
  8. ^ Rob Salem, "Lepage movie tops Genie list: Le Confessionnal nabs a dozen nominations as first-time directors dominate". Toronto Star, November 8, 1995.

External links

  • Dance Me Outside at IMDb
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