Seventeen members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Tribe have filed an appeal in a $50 million lawsuit against the creators of the film Out of the Furnace, their attorney Lydia Cotz confirmed.
The Ramapoughs, who sued in December, claimed the film misrepresented them and presented members of the tribe in a false light.
A federal judge dismissed the suit last month.
The plaintiffs have appealed the decision to the third circuit, Cotz said.
"We believe that the third circuit may take a different view regarding the allegations in my clients' case and may make a more favorable decision," Cotz told Patch.
Representatives from Relativity Media, the company that distributed the film and is named as one of the defendants, declined to comment on the appeal. Though, at the time of the judge's dismissal, the company reportedly said it was a victory for filmmakers' free speech.
When it was released last year, the film Out of the Furnace caused a large stir locally. The Chief of the Ramapough tribe held a press conference with Mahwah's Mayor and school Superintendent questioning the intent of the film and its connection to the greater Mahwah community.