PERMA RED is a television series set in Mission Valley in the 1940s, this true story follows Louise White Elk, a young Séliš woman. Smart, strong, and beautiful, Louise plays pranks, challenges boys and men to race her, breaks horses, dives in the dangerous waters of the Flathead River, saves her sisters from BIA officials, and lives as a free spirit in a world that denies Indians freedom.
Three men in her life symbolize her struggles and give her very different choices – 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.