PAM LETO // Publicist




The Buffalo Hunt is an intimate and visceral portrait of one of the most extreme places in the Western Hemisphere- the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Directed by Philip Di Fiore, the film will be released via Amazon Prime on June 21, 2019.  The soundtrack for the film, composed by Jason Staehler Hill (David Fincher, The Killers), will be available digitally and on vinyl the same day. Ahead of release, The Buffalo Hunt will have a special press screening and lunch in New York City at the Roxy Theater on June 6 from 12pm-2pm. RSVP here.

Pine Ridge is a place where time ticks to unique rhythms and the day to day struggle for survival is etched deep into the rock formations and onto the faces of all living things.

The Buffalo Hunt is at once beautiful and desolate, tender and bawdy, funny and dark, poetic and realistic, grim and hopeful. All of the complexities of this enigmatic place dance together as ingredients in the communal soup that feed the Lakota. Sioux.

 Thus far in 2019, The Buffalo Hunt, has been awarded Best Feature Length Documentary Prague Film Awards, Best Feature Length Documentary at the Canada International Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at the Utah Film Festival and is nominated for Best Cinematography at the Nice International Film Festival.

About the Soundtrack:

Taking inspiration from elemental forces, The Buffalo Hunt soundtrack plays a main role in the film. Like a great ambient record it mixes ideas of nature with the technology - the sonics of ARP synthesizers and heavy plate reverbs meld with the sounds of wind and insects. Itʼs a collage of studio detritus, distortions and abstractions that would easily be at home providing the score for a Science Fiction film.

Director Philip Di Fiore says, “When you visit a place like Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, you can almost feel and hear energy bubbling from under the ground and feel the presence of the spirits of the Lakota Sioux who died in the same hills hundreds of years ago. When we looked at our raw footage in the editing room, of course those feelings and sounds werenʼt there. So Jason and Ari were tasked with putting them back in. Their score is one of the main characters of the film”.

 About director Philip Di Fiore:

Philip Di Fiore is an award winning filmmaker. His first film, Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth was about the otherworldly keyboard/synth genius of Parliament Funkadelic & Talking Heads. The film features David Byrne, Mos Def, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. It won best film awards in the U.S. and Europe before receiving a special screening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Di Fioreʼs music videos for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Sinkane, Caveman and others have been described as thrilling, cinematic and beyond the cutting edge. He has made films and videos for vanguard record labels DFA, Daptone, Fat Possum, Atlantic and Island Records. His work has premiered at festivals and museums around the world and on Vevo, Pitchfork, Noisey, The Fader, IFC, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Funny or Die, VH1, and MTV, RAI (Italy), and Arte (France/Germany).

About composer Jason Staehler Hill:

Jason Staehler Hill is an American record producer, songwriter, film score composer, mixer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Hill is the lead singer, guitarist and producer for the band Louis XIV. He has worked with such artists as The Killers, Brandon Flowers, David Bowie, Robbie Williams, Jet, Sky Ferreira, David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), New York Dolls, Ariel Pink, The Virgins, Macy Gray, Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs), Neon Trees, Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun), among many others.

In 2014, Hill began working as a film score composer with director David Fincher on Gone Girl and HBOʼs Videosyncrasy, most recently composing Fincher's Netflixʼs Emmy nominated series MINDHUNTER that premiered on October 13, 2017. Hill was also the original music composer on Netflixʼs FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Dir. Chris Smith) released in January 2019, which has become the most watched documentary film ever on Netflix. He is currently the composer on a Netflix Original Series about Henry Lee Lucas with Oscar nominated and Emmy winning director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc, Merchants of Doubt), the forthcoming Showtime series Couples, the new series Limetown starring Jessica Biel and MINDHUNTER Season 2 (Netflix).