Indian Relay opens with footage from the Indian Relay National Championships, then it cuts back in time, to the bitter cold off-season near Browning, Montana, where first-time Relayer Myles Murray tries to keep his horses alive when night-time temperatures are dropping to 20-degrees below zero. In Crow Agency, Montana, we watch Zack Rock and Kendall Old Horn steadily work through the muddy spring towards their ultimate goal. Near Ft. Hall, Idaho, we travel with Lance Tissisimit and Alonzo “Punkin” Coby to buy a retiring flat-track race horse—next season’s Relay horse. Soon enough the season begins with unexpected turns and even tragedies but each day brings us closer to the end of the film at the Indian Relay National Championships in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Selected by PBS’ five-time Emmy Award-winning series “Independent Lens”, Indian Relay will premeire before national public television audiences on November 18th. The October screening tour and the October 31st pre-release broadcast on MontanaPBS provide an opportunity for participants and fans across the region to see Indian Relay before the rest of the nation and on the big screen.
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