PERMA RED is set in Mission Valley in the 1940s, this true story follows Louise White Elk, a beautiful, wild young Native American woman. Through the course of a seven-part series, we’ll watch as Louise breaks from Ursuline Boarding School, attempts to come of age and ultimately tries to reconcile her mixed heritage.
The three men in her life symbolize this struggle – reservation police officer Charlie Kicking Woman; Harvey Stoner, the quintessential rich, and dangerous, white man; and Baptiste, the man who represents the power and necessity of the old ways.
This is a story that happened in Montana and the retelling simply can’t be shot anywhere else. Montana is itself a pivotal character of the movie. There is no substitute for the untamed Mission Mountains or the breathtaking valley cradled by that range. The author, producers and screenwriter are all Montanans and it is their aim to do justice to Louise’s story and to exalt the beauty that is Montana. This project brings opportunity to Montana, to women and to the native community so ravaged by forced assimilation.
Based on the novel by Debra Magpie Earling.