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Smooth Feather Productions latest documentary film follows a 330 mile horseback ride to honor 38 Dakota men hanged in 1862.
182 backers pledged $20,155 to help bring this project to life.

We Made It!!!!!

Posted by Silas Hagerty (Creator)

Kickstart my heart!

I'm so humbled by all the support that has surrounded this film. There were times when I got a bit nervous about raising the 20K in 30 days, yet this project continues to inspire me with how it has a life of its own. I'm so honored to be part of this group of 182 people committed to the healing and reconciliation that this film represents.

For the past week we've been working non-stop on the soundtrack for Dakota 38. Both of our composers, Jay McKay and Jay Parrotta, have been blowing my mind with what they've been creating. We also had our buddy Brian Baumbusch record some guitar tracks which are great. I can't wait to share it with all of you soon. We've been working with a Dakota Hymn that the 38 sang before they were hanged and it's unbelievably powerful. I hope to upload a video of some of the recordings sessions soon.

Furthermore, I'll keep you all up to date as the journey of the film evolves. Tomorrow morning I'm headed to Minneapolis where we'll be showing the latest rough cut of Dakota 38 at Minnesota University tomorrow night (Nov. 19th) at 5 PM, and then also on Saturday at Ft. Snelling Visitor Center at 1:30 PM. If any of you are in that part of the world, you're more than welcome to join.

Thanks again to all of you. You guys are the best!

Much love from DC,



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      Steven & Glenda Jasper on

      Congratulations entire family staff ~ until then looking forward to receiving our DVD
      Steven & Glenda Jasper

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      Brian Baker on

      Hi Guys let us know what is going on.good luck......Brian Baker

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      Aero Ferguson on

      I can hardly wait to see the film!

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      Tabaqui Jackal on

      I am so thrilled this project reached its funding goal! Myself, I can't wait to see the story unfold - a story that's been buried and forgotten by most people for much too long. Thank you all for giving us the chance to help give those men a voice, and to help make a marker in history for others to see.


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      Alicia Nuszloch on

      Congratulations and good luck on this film. I read about this project just today saturday 20th where, you guys already hit your goal !!! The best vibes all year around to all of you. I just can't wait to see the film. I'll be passing this to all the people that I do know.

    6. Sally Alaine Roach on

      How wonderful it is that this is happening. I never doubted that you would get your funding. All it took was for people to see what a great project this will be and already is. In my heart I feel the spirits of those 38 calling out to accompany you on this amazing creation of yours. We as Americans need to know what happened and see that the truth shall set us all free. May you walk with the Great Spirit in all you do.

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      patricia jones on

      It is so heartening to hear that you got the funding for this worthwhile project Silas. Good luck to you all.

      From Patricia and Edward Jones(Australia)

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      Kathleen Flynn on

      Thanks for the update, Silas.
      Good things are happening!
      Keep us posted~