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    Wrestling Alligators

    Directed by Andrew Shea
    U.S. | 87 minutes | True Stories

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    Wrestling Alligators

    Directed by Andrew Shea
    U.S. | 87 minutes | True Stories

The extraordinary, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of James Billie—outcast, alligator wrestler, Vietnam vet, controversial Chief of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, father of Indian gaming, and one of the most important Native American leaders of the last 100 years.

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film synopsis

If you've ever wondered who owns the ubiquitous Hard Rock Cafe chain, you'd never guess it's the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Seminoles' fortunes, and how the tribe rose from poverty to self-reliance and wealth, are inextricably linked with the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up personal journey of its charismatic, controversial, longtime leader James Billie. Born a "half breed" outcast deep in the Florida swamps, where some of the tribe's elders wanted to kill him for his mixed blood, Billie grew up wrestling alligators for tourists' change, then served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and later was elected chief. Desperate to take his people off the path of government welfare subsistence, Billie, always a risk taker, made the then unheard of decision to start a bingo hall on the Seminoles' reservation. Indian gaming was off and  running.

Relying on a wealth of archival footage and with unprecedented access to Billie, Wrestling Alligators tells the larger-than-life story of Billie and his decades' long battles with the US government, the state of Florida, alligators and even those within his own tribe. 

film details

Country: U.S.
Year: 2016
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: English
Director: Andrew Shea
Producers: James Eowan, Udy Epstein
Principal Cast: James Billie
Cinematographers: Charles Miller
Editor: Tchavdar Georgiev, Melissa Shea
Music: Colin Sigor
Screenwriter: Udy Epstein, Tchavdar Georgiev, Andrew Shea
US Distributor: 7th Arts Releasing
Website: www.7thart.com/films/Wrestling-Alligators

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