Background Shimásání


The film Shimásání is set in the Navajo reservation in the 1930's. At that time most Navajos lived in remote areas where they would tend to their sheep flocks and farms. The isolation that this presented drives the main character Mary Jane's story. 


According to Blackhorse Lowe, casting the film was the most challenging part of making the film. Finding the actors to play Mary Jane and Anna Mae took forever. They actually didn't cast these parts of the film until about a week out of shooting. 


Shimásání premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. It was also screened at Sundance Film Festival and several other festivals around the world.