Fancy Dance (2023 film)

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Fancy Dance
Directed byErica Tremblay
Screenplay by
  • Erica Tremblay
  • Miciana Alise
Produced by
CinematographyCarolina Costa
Edited byRobert Grigsby Wilson
Music bySamantha Crain
Distributed byCercamon
Release date
  • January 20, 2023 (2023-01-20) (Sundance)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fancy Dance is a 2023 drama film directed by Erica Tremblay in her feature directorial debut, from a screenplay by Tremblay and Miciana Alise.

It premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2023.


Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax has cared for her niece Roki on the Seneca–Cayuga Nation Reservation. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of losing custody to Jax’s father, Frank, the pair hit the road to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow.



In December 2020, the screenplay of Fancy Dance was selected as one of The Indigenous List, initiated by The Black List, IllumiNative and Sundance Institute to spotlight the work of Native American writers.[1] In May 2022, the screenplay also was featured in the Cannes Screenplay List.[2]

In August 2022, it was announced that Erica Tremblay would direct the film with Confluential Films set to produce.[3] The principal photography took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began in August 2022.[4]


Fancy Dance had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, on January 20, 2023.[5] Cercamon acquired its worldwide distribution rights on February 16, 2023.[6] It is also set to screen at the 2023 South by Southwest.[7]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of 28 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's consensus reads, "An urgent drama grounded in its observant depiction of reservation life, Fancy Dance establishes director/co-writer Erica Tremblay as a rising filmmaking talent".[8]


  1. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (December 8, 2020). "The Black List, IllumiNative And Sundance Institute Unveils Inaugural Indigenous List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  2. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (May 19, 2022). "Mubi, Wscripted unveil second female-focused Cannes Screenplay List (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  3. ^ Complex, Valerie (August 16, 2022). "Erica Tremblay's 'Fancy Dance' Starring Lily Gladstone Underway From Confluential Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  4. ^ Tramel, Jimmie (September 18, 2022). "'Fancy Dance' film includes creatives with ties to 'Reservation Dogs,' 'Killers of the Flower Moon'". Tulsa World. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Patten, Dominic (December 7, 2022). "Sundance Film Festival Lineup Set With Ukraine War, Little Richard, Michael J. Fox, Judy Blume Docs; Pics With Anne Hathaway, Emilia Clarke, Jonathan Majors; More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  6. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (February 16, 2023). "Cercamon Takes World Rights to Indigenous Drama 'Fancy Dance,' Starring Lily Gladstone (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 1, 2023). "SXSW Second Wave Includes UAR's 'Bottoms', Donald Glover's 'Swarm' Series, Michelle Yeoh's 'American Born Chinese' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  8. ^ "Fancy Dance". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 15, 2023.

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