Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals) hits the mark again with this sweet, uncompromising tale of sports and race on the Three Nations Reservation in Utah. Meet Kenny Williams (James McDaniel), a no-nonsense black English teacher who relocates to Three Nations to join its high school faculty. Williams has trouble fitting in on "the Rez" until he grudgingly agrees to coach the girls basketball team. Confronted with a roster that runs the gamut from shy to wild to pregnant, Williams treats all his players with humanity, kindness, and sensitivity. He molds the diverse group of bickering teenagers into a well-drilled team. But can Three Nations take the next step and make it into the state finals? Armed with a smart script and an eye for the truthful detail, Eyre crafts a realistic homage to the sports movie that will have audience members joining with the fictional fans from the Rez to cheer the girls all the way to State.
Chris Eyre was born in Portland, Oregon, to a Native American mother and then adopted by Caucasian parents. He reconnected with his biological mother and extended Native family, and is a member of Oklahoma's Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. Eyre received a bachelors degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a masters degree in filmmaking from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he garnered numerous awards including a Rockefeller Film Fellowship and Best Film for his short, Tenacity, which screened at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. As a fellow in the Directing Workshop at the Sundance Institute, he developed the screenplay that became Smoke Signals (1998), which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and Filmmaker's Trophy. He also directed Skins (2002), Skinwalkers (2002), and A Thief of Time (2004). Eyre is currently working on a signature film for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.