Byrd Productions Work Samples

The Business of Fancydancing

The Business of Fancydancing was Sherman Alexie's ( directorial debut. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and played in Landmark Theaters nationwide.

A poetic story of growth, death and the choices that define us, The Business of Fancydancing reunites Spokane Reservation best friends Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) sixteen years after their high school graduation.

Byrd Productions also created the Theatrical Trailer for the film.

From the Variety review by Dennis Harvey:

“DV lensing by Holly Taylor is uncommonly rich, with painterly, hyperreal effects. Editorial and sound elements are likewise imaginiative, untethered to linear form.”


  • Audience Award, Victoria Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Feature Film, Durango Film Festival
  • Audience Award, San Francisco Film Festival
  • Outstanding Actor Award (Evan Adams), Outstanding Screenwriting Award (Sherman Alexie), OUTFEST
  • Audience Award, Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Films of 2002 Honorable Mention, Spliced Wire

Director of Photography / Editor: Holly Taylor

Editor (Trailer): Eric Frith