The red carpet was down. The bright lights led the way into the theater on the Paramount lot. And HBO was having another premiere.
It was Thursday night and the air was still filled with the four-day-old Chris Albrecht story which culminated Wednesday with his firing. The film was another which Albrecht had blessed. It is the all-powerful “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.” It is another HBO epic which pulls no punches in the story of the U.S. government’s despicable treatment of the American Indian, culminating in the massacre of the Sioux.
Colin Callender, demonstrating the solidity of the creative company, greeted the preemgoers and introduced executive producers Dick Wolf and Tom Thayer, who in turn introduced the filmmakers, led by director Yves Simoneau and producer Clara George.
The cast members receiving applause, having made the red carpet interview scene were: Adam Beach (as Charles Eastman); Aidan Quinn, as U.S. Senator Dawes; Anna Paquin, as Elaine Goodale; August Schellenberg as Sitting Bull; Wes Studi as Wovoka; Nakotah La Renance as Crowfoot and Holly Bird as Crowfoot.
One cast member who was not present is Fred Thompson who plays President Ulysses S.Grant — and very well, I should add. Thompson, a posssible GOP Presidential candidate will not be doing interviews for the film’s bow, HBO informed me. Well, he missed out on a terrific response to his portrayal — and the movie. And a great party on Stage 18 at Paramount where the walls were effectively decorated with memorabilia, costumes, etc. of the period.
HBO bows “Wounded Knee” May 27. Watch it!