Richard Ray Whitman is Frankie in writer-director Sterlin Harjo's Barking Water.
A ruff ride
By John Esther
According to writer-director Sterlin Harjo, "Barking Water was one big experiment that turned out great." Not only is calling one's work "great" a bit much for anyone, it is not even true in the eyes of this beholder.
Barking Water tells the tale of a dying man Frankie (Richard Ray Whitman) whom Irene (Casey Camp-Horinck) hates to love. Distant lovers who have fallen out of the graces of each other over time and space, Irene does one last favor for Frankie before he dies.
So the two set out on a journey across Oklahoma, reminiscing about the past, getting on each other's nerves and visiting friends and family. Yet to complete the journey it will require mooching, smooching and stealing.
A poorly acted and written story with a lot of obvious and clumpy improvisation, this film is so far from "great" methinks Sundance probably would not have accepted Barking Water had it not been for the Native American angle