Chickasaw Nation film to shine light on Native actress at Film Columbia, Oct. 28

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: October 25, 2016

CHATHAM, New York --“Te Ata,” a film based on the inspirational true story of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher has been selected to screen at the 14th annual Film Columbia.

The screening will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Morris Memorial, 17 Park Row.

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

Based on her remarkable life and legacy, “Te Ata” shares her story of breaking cultural barriers and changing public perceptions of Native American culture 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.

“Te Ata” creative consultant Jeannie Barbour is scheduled to attend the Oct. 28 screening and will lead a question and answer session following the movie.

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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