Dance Me Outside

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Dance Me Outside
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Produced by Brian Dennis
Bruce McDonald
Duke Redbird
Written by John Frizzell
Bruce McDonald
Don McKellar
W. P. Kinsella (book)
Music by Mychael Danna,
Keith Secola
Cinematography Miroslaw Baszak
Edited by Michael Pacek
Distributed by Apex Entertainment
Shadow Shows Distribution
Cineplex Odeon Films
Release dates
September 1994 (Toronto Festival of Festivals)
March 10, 1995 (USA)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Box office $304,852 (USA)

Dance Me Outside is a 1994 drama film directed and co-written by Bruce McDonald. It was based on a book by W.P. Kinsella.


Set on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario. Silas Crow (Ryan Black) is a young man confused about his direction in life; he wants to take an automobile mechanic's course in college, but is uncertain whether he should apply. His general confusion with life is most readily evident in his appearance. He wears an old, ratty black hat resembling a 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.

Events are set in motion when a young girl from the reserve is murdered by Clarence Gaskill (Hugh Dillon), a white man who gets off with a light sentence, prompting the community to demand vengeance..


Dance Me Outside was the first acting role for Dillon, who was previously known as a rock singer. His band, The Headstones, also contributed several songs to the film's soundtrack. Dillon 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 band Leslie Spit Treeo had a cameo in Dance Me Outside, performing in concert at the reserve's community hall, "The Blue Quill Hall". 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.

Filming locations

The film was shot at the Shawanaga, Wasauksing and Sucker Creek First Nations reserves near Parry Sound.

Television series

A television series, The Rez, was spun off from the film in 1996. 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.


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.

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