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DERMOT MULRONEY (Reeves McCree)
SILENT TONGUE marks Dermot Mulroney's second collaboration with writer/director Sam Shepard. He also acted opposite Shepard in the critically-acclaimed film, BRIGHT ANGEL, also starring Lili Taylor. Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mulroney graduated from Northwestern University and began his acting career shortly thereafter. Mulroney received critical attention for his role as John Deacon in the ground-breaking film LONGTIME COMPANION and as Dirty Steve in the box office success, YOUNG GUNS. Other films include John Hughes' production CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, Floyd Mutrux's THERE GOES MY BABY, Lee Grant's STAYING TOGETHER, Blake Edwards' SUNSET and SURVIVAL QUEST.
Most recently, Mulroney starred in WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU, directed by Mark Rocco. A professional cellist, he had the opportunity to perform in the film SAMANTHA opposite Martha Plimpton and was also seen opposite Bridget Fonda in POINT OF NO RETURN. Following SILENT TONGUE, Mulroney re-teamed with co-star River Phoenix in Peter Bogdanovitch's THE THING CALLED LOVE, Phoenix's last completed role.
Mulroney has also achieved success in television. He co-starred with Anjelica Huston in the four hour mini-series "Family Pictures" for ABC. He starred in "Daddy," and in "Unconquered," the story of football and track star Richard Flowers and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the cable industry's Ace Award for his work in the HBO film "Long Gone." He most recently appeared with Mickey Rourke in HBO's "The Last Outlaw."
JERI ARREDONDO (Velada)
Arredondo won her role in SILENT TONGUE after the filmmakers embarked on a nationwide casting search. They required a Native American actress who could ride as well as act. Arredondo, a full-blooded Mescalero-Apache has been riding since she was a child and rides well enough to hold a jockey's license. She is so skilled that she was able to perform many of the trick-riding stunts.
Born in Texas, Arredondo grew up outside of Albuquerque. She spent much of her youth on the nearby Mescalero-Apache reservation, where her grandmother currently resides and where her father occasionally lives. Her parents, both teachers, were the first generation in her family to leave the reservation. Eventually, they moved Arredondo and her brother to Los Angeles. Arredondo's first job there was working for a casting agent. She has since appeared in such television shows as "Dream On."
TANTOO CARDINAL (SILENT TONGUE)
The filmmakers had seen Tantoo Cardinal in BLACK ROBE and DANCES WITH WOLVES and knew instantly that they had found their SILENT TONGUE. A Cree-Metis Indian, Cardinal dabbled in politics before turning to acting, discovering that it was a more fulfilling way for her to make a statement.
Upon completing SILENT TONGUE, Cardinal began work on a Canadian/German miniseries, "The Adventures of Lucas B." She starred in "Spirit Rider," and plays a leading role in the feature film, WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS NORTH, the story of Native Americans fighting to stay on land that developers intend to flood.
SHEILA TOUSEY (Awbonnie)
Sheila Tousey met writer/director Sam Shepard on the film THUNDERHEART, her motion picture debut in which she played Maggie Eagle Bear, the Ivy League-educated teacher and activist on the Pine Ridge reservation. Born in Keshena, Wisconsin, Tousey is a Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Indian, raised on both the Menominee and Stockbridge reservations. Tousey began her career as a dancer, performing Native American dances as a small child.
Upon graduating from college, where she studied Indian Law, English, and Theater Arts, Tousey enrolled in the graduate acting program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she appeared in productions of "Yerma," "The American Dream," "The Bald Soprano," "The Normal Heart," "Children of the Sun," and "As You Like It."
Her television credits include the PBS production,"Living and Working in Space" and the CBS movie-of-the-week, "Medicine River," in which she starred. Tousey served as a consultant to Robert Redford on the film THIEF OF TIME and recently completed SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS, opposite Scott Glenn.
THE RED CLAY RAMBLERS (Kickapoo Medicine Show Band)
The Red Clay Ramblers is a string-band quintet from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that plays a unique brand of music influenced by country, rock, Dixieland, bluegrass and gospel. They have appeared in such off-Broadway shows as "Diamond Studs" and Roger Miller's "Big River." They also composed and performed the score for Sam Shepard's off-Broadway hit "A Lie of the Mind," as well as the score for his feature film FAR NORTH.
The band has been making music since 1972. Their recordings include "The Red Clay Ramblers, with Fiddlin' Al McCanless," "Stolen Love," "Twisted Laurel," Merchant's Lunch," "Chuckin' the Frizz," "Netting in the Air," "Hard Times," and "It Ain't Right." In 1993, they joined Bill Irwin and David Shiner, both featured in SILENT TONGUE, for the Broadway smash production "Fool Moon."