Chickasaw Nation film to share story of native actress during Orlando Film Festival
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office, Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
Release Date: October 17, 2016
ORLANDO -- A special screening of “Te Ata,” a film based on the inspirational true story of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher, will be 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, Cobb Plaza Cinema Café during opening night of the Orlando Film Festival.
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 perception during a storied career which spanned from the 1920s through the 1980s.
Directed by Nathan Frankowski and produced by Orlando-resident and former Florida film commissioner Paul Sirmons , several award-winning Native American actors help bring the 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 and anthropologist Dr. Clyde Fisher.
Mr. Sirmons and “Te Ata” creative consultant Jeannie Barbour are scheduled to attend the Oct. 19 screening.
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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