Tonto Plays Himself

While researching American Indian actors in Hollywood during the Great Depression, aspiring Native filmmaker Jacob Floyd finds a surprising and unknown personal connection to a strange footnote in Hollywood history. This discovery leads him to confront his own issues and anxieties about representation in film, as he revisits his love of movies, and his aversion to film Westerns.

Tonto Plays Himself (2010)
21 min
Directed by: Jacob Floyd 

Jacob Floyd

Jacob Floyd was born in Okmulgee Oklahoma, and is Muscogee (Creek)/Cherokee. Making films since childhood, he graduated from BYU with a BA in Media Arts Studies and from NYU with a Masters in Arts in Cinema Studies and a Certificate in Culture and Media Studies. He has worked in all capacities of narrative film production from being the unit production manager, director, and producer on several short films to working as a production assistant and a grip on television and feature-length productions.