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Kat Espin & Stevie Jean Placek Wade Through the Everglades in "Red Orchid"


Still of Espin ('20) & Placek ('18) Wading through the Florida Swamps

“Are you sure this is the right way… my compass is acting funny?”


The suspense is high in the new short film from Native American playwright, Montana Cypress. The Red Orchid is set "deep in the Everglades of South Floride where an Indian tribe prepares for the coming of a dark entity which seeks to feed on their children come nightfall. With no time left, their only hope is to retrieve the sacred red orchid which lies in the heart of danger.”

Still of Stevie Jean Placek

The film stars Class of 2018 alumna Stevie Jean Placek as Mary and Class of 2020 alumna Kat Espin as Yashaneh. It was written and directed by Montana Cypress who studied acting and writing at the New York Film Academy.

Still of Kat Espin




Cypress has been nominated for “Best Director” and Best Actor” for his film “The Transcenders” at the American Indian Film Festival, which will also screen at the 2022 Phoenix International Film Festival. He was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference and his full-length play“A Christmas in Ochopee,” workshopped by the New Native Theatre, will be produced in 2022.


The world premiere, co-presented by the American Indian Film Festival, was on April 21st, 2022. The Red Orchid can be viewed in its entirety here.

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