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‘Dark Winds’ hiring Diné background actors for next week


The “Dark Winds” mystery thriller will be filming on the Navajo Nation on Monday, Oct. 18, to Friday, Oct. 22, and is looking to hire local Navajo talent to work as background actors.

Filming locations include Monument Valley, Kayenta and Mexican Hat.

The six-episode television series, produced by AMC Networks and Dark Winds Productions, is based on Tony Hillerman’s first two novels, “The Blessing Way” (1970) and “Dance Hall of the Dead” (1973).

Dark Winds’ Extras Casting is seeking Native Americans, over the age of 18, for paid non-speaking roles for the television series. All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Directed by Chris Eyre of “Smoke Signals” fame, the series will feature lead characters Joe Leaphorn, played by actor Zahn McClarnon, and Jim Chee, played by Kiowa Gordon, who portray Navajo Police officers on the trail to solve a grisly double murder case.

The “Dark Winds” season currently in production will be the first of many that will portray all of the Hillerman novels, so there are likely to be additional hiring opportunities into the future.

Those interested in working as background actors on “Dark Winds” should submit their contact information, proof of vaccination (including last shot date), height, weight, clothing and shoe size, along with three photos (one full body) to

“Dark Winds” is also potentially looking to hire additional Diné production workers on to the show, including film crew.

For information on technical crew and other production support opportunities, contact

About The Author

Rima Krisst

Reporter and photojournalist Rima Krisst has been with the Navajo Times since July of 2018, and covers our Arts and Culture and Government Affairs beats. Prior to joining the editorial team at the Times, Krisst worked in various capacities in the areas of communications, public relations, marketing and Indian Affairs policy on behalf of the Tribes, Nations and Pueblos of New Mexico. Among her posts, she served as Director of PR and Communications for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department under Governor Bill Richardson, Healthcare Outreach and Education Manager for the Eight Northern Pueblos, Tribal Tourism Liaison for the City of Santa Fe, and Marketing Projects Coordinator for Santa Fe Indian Market. As a writer and photographer, she has also worked independently as a contractor on many special projects, and her work has been published in magazines. Krisst earned her B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Connecticut.


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