Chickasaw Nation film to share story of native actress at California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office, Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: November 16, 2016


SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA-- A special screening of “Te Ata,” a film based on the inspirational true story of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher, will be Nov. 17 during the fourth annual California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival.

The Chickasaw Nation-produced film will be featured at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.17, at the University Student Union Ballroom on the campus of California State University, 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road.

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 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.

For more information about California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival, visit http://www.caiiff.com/

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. Ademocratic 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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