92 minutes – Drama
Release date: February 3, 2005
Canadian distributor: Maple Pictures
Hank Williams First Nation is all about life in a sleepy northern Cree community and the experiences of those who venture beyond. Seventy-five-year-old Martin Fox, played by Jimmy Herman, is one of the elders and one day he begins to question the death of his hero Hank Williams. He decides to set out to find the truth. It`s a quest he feels he must make before he dies. With the support of his brother, Adelard Fox, played by Gordon Tootoosis, Martin sets out for Tennessee on a Greyhound bus, accompanied by his 17-year-old nephew, Jacob. As the two travellers gain human-interest-story-of-the-week status in the U.S., the news trickling back home sparks a sense of comaraderie and pride within their community and the variety of colourful characters who make it their home. Many films like this seem to be excuses for a soundtrack CD but not in this case. This is solid story telling. And the music is great, including tracks by Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, Old Reliable, Dave McCann, The Swiftys, Tim Hus and, of course, Hank Williams Sr.