Chickasaw Nation film to share story of native actress at Heartland Film Festival

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: October 20, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Several opportunities to experience the story of “Te Ata,” a film based on the inspirational true story of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher, are available during the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival, which runs Oct. 20 – 30.

Produced by the Chickasaw Nation, the feature film shines a light on the remarkable life of the Chickasaw storyteller best knownby her stage name, Te Ata, which means “bearer of the morning.”

Screenings will take place at 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22; 8:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23; and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the AMC Castleton Square, 6020 East 82nd Street.

The film will also screen at 2:15 p.m., Monday. Oct. 24, at AMC Trader’s Point Theatre, 5920 West 86th Street.

Based on her remarkable life and legacy, “Te Ata” shares her story of breaking cultural barriers and changing public perception during a storied career which spanned from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Directed by Nathan Frankowski and produced by Paul Sirmons , several award-winning Native American actors help bringthe story based on Te Ata’s life to the silver screen.

Q'orianka Kilcher  is Te Ata and Gil Birmingham is cast as Te Ata’s father, Thomas Benjamin (T.B.)Thompson.

Oscar-nominee Graham Greene plays Chickasaw Gov. Douglas H. Johnston; Brigid Brannagh , is cast as Te Ata’s mother; and MacKenzie Astin  plays Te Ata’s husband, renowned scientist andanthropologist Dr. Clyde Fisher.

About the Chickasaw Nation

With more than 60,000 citizens, the Chickasaw Nation is the 12th largest federally-recognized Native American tribe in the United States. The Chickasaw Nation has an annual economic impact of more than $2.4 billion in Oklahoma. The tribe has more than 13,000 employees. A democratic republic with executive, legislative and judicial departments, the tribe's jurisdictional territory includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma.

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