Angela Aleiss received her PhD in film studies from Columbia University and has taught at Cal State University Long Beach and UCLA. Her articles have appeared in Variety, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Emmy Magazine. She appeared in the 2009 PBS documentary Reel Injun and is the author of Making the White Man’s Indian: Native Americans and Hollywood Movies (2005).
The middle-aged theater owner who preferred a discreet lifestyle suddenly found himself in the media spotlight only ten days after the Black Dahlia’s murder. Someone had gathered Elizabeth Short’s personal[…]
“With his acting experience and technical know-how, Young Deer soon advanced to one of Pathé’s leading filmmakers. His Indian identity served him well: no one in the cast or crew at that time would have taken orders from a black man.”