support local filmmaking: The Coyote Way

“My greatest Intention is for this film once it’s complete, is for it to reach as many people as possible and to ignite the fire of human transformation on many levels.” – Missy Whiteman


Missy Whiteman, Minnesota-based writer, director and producer, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for her project The Coyote Way: (Going) Back Home. It is a short sci-fi/docu-narrative film about a young boy named Charlie who must make a life changing decision to either join a Native street gang or begin an epic pilgrimage that will reveal the truth of his existence.


In 2014, The Coyote Way: Going Back Home project was selected by the Sundance Native Lab Fellowship to help further develop the concept, story and script.  Later that year, support from Jerome Foundation and Tiwahe Foundation helped move the film into production. In September of 2015, production commenced with a stellar cast and crew and wrapped principal photography in October of 2015.

Now that production of the film is complete, the crew is ready to move forward with post-production, such as editing, sound, original music score, animation and promotional materials. The final phase is to reach the goal of $10,000 through Kickstarter by April 23 to complete this short and powerful film:

The Coyote Way: Going Back Home Kickstarter Campaign

The film stars Louis Whiteman and Mikko Sampson at the head of an all Native American cast. ​​Principal photography took place in the Little Earth Housing Project and the surrounding Phillips Neighborhood in South Minneapolis, where the population is 50% Native American. The Twin Cities itself has a large concentration of Native American People from a multitude of tribes, and is home to nearly a third of Minnesota’s Indigenous people.