Christmas in the Clouds is a comedy film featured in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It also competed in the 2001 editions of the Austin Film Festival and the Santa Fe Film Festival, winning the Best Competition Feature Film Award and the Best Native American-Themed Film Award, respectively. However, it was only released on theaters and DVD until 2005. The film was written, directed and produced by Kate Montgomery, her first writing and directing credits, though she had served as executive producer for Ever Since the World Ended, and A New Way Home. Learn more about the plot and characters here at christmasintheclouds.com.
Christmas in the Clouds is a comedy of mistaken identity and romance; it takes place in the holiday season and as the main location it has a ski resort operated (and owned) by a Native American tribe. Filmed at The Sundance Resort in Utah, this is the very first romantic contemporary comedy to include an almost entirely American Indian cast playing quirky and memorable characters. Such cast includes Sam Vlahos, who plays Joe Clouds on Fire. Through an online dating service, Joe is paired with Tina Pisati (played by Mariana Tosca), a professional New Yorker woman whose family name is Little Hawk. The resort, which is managed by Joe's son, Ray Clouds on Fire (Tim Vahle) is expecting a surprise visit from a luxury hotel critic, keeping Mary the reservations manager on the lookout for anyone checking in that may fit the bill. In the meantime, Earl (Graham Greene), the resort's chef, has become a staunch vegetarian who goes about trying to talk guests out of eating meat.
The main departure of this film in comparison with more mainstream outings featuring American native characters, is that in this case, the typical stereotypes assigned to natives and Caucasians are somewhat reserved. The setting for instance, is an upscale Indian-owned ski resort. Other than that, the movie manages to throw in almost every cliche in the book, without the budget or the stars seen in other holiday films. However, this film also has a charming appeal and an honesty lacking in most blockbusters.
Besides the up-and-coming stars, Christmas in the Clouds also boasts of two experienced an prolific thespians, M. Emmet Walsh (Midnight Cowboy, Escape from The Planet of the Apes, What's Up, Doc?, Serpico, Slap Shot, Airport '77, The Jerk, Ordinary People, Blade Runner, The Pope of Greenwich Village , Blood Simple, Fletch, Harry and the Hendersons, Raising Arizona, William Shakespeare's Romeo Juliet, My Best Friend's Wedding, Wild Wild West, The Iron Giant, Poor White Trash), and the aforementioned Greene (Dances With Wolves, North, Maverick, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Green Mile, The Twilight Saga: New Moon).Check this movie at IMDB