The Dead Can’t Dance

Film Festival

Oct. 31–Nov. 6, 2022


This zombie comedy/drama follows three Comanche men who discover they are somehow immune to a virus that’s killing everyone else and turning them into zombies with a craving for Native brains! As the men fight off the newly undead, they must put aside their differences to survive the night — and hope that their bloodline protects them.

Genre: Feature
Theme: Ooh Scary

Rodrick Pocowatchit

Rod Pocowatchit (Comanche, Pawnee and Shawnee nations) is a Wichita, Kansas-based filmmaker and writer with ambitions to see more Native Americans represented in popular culture. Rod has produced 4 feature films and 23 independent films, including the zombie cult hit The Dead Can’t Dance, The Incredible Brown NDN, and Red Hand, a Native time-travel sci-fi mashup.

Rod is a multi talented independent filmmaker with experience writing, producing, filming, directing and even starring in his films. He’s also an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s renowned screenwriting program and received a directing fellowship with L.A. SkinsFest and CBS in Los Angeles.


Tribal Affiliation: Comanche, Pawnee and Shawnee nations
Film Runtime: 1:37:28

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.