The Chickasaw Nation Productions feature film Te Ata chronicles the life and accomplishments of Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher. CNTV News takes you behind the scenes to hear from producer Paul Sirmons and director Nathan Frankowski about the process of bringing this historical tale to the screen. The film, shot entirely in Oklahoma and starring acclaimed actors Q'orianka Kilcher, Graham Greene and Gil Birmingham, follows Te Ata from her childhood home in Tishomingo to her performances in the White House and abroad. The crew faced the challenge of not only capturing a bygone era, but also of recreating historical New York City and Washington, D.C. using filming locations in Oklahoma such as the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie. The film provides a window into Chickasaw politics of the period and the Chickasaw Nation's relationship with the federal government. You won't want to miss this nostalgic and inspirational depiction of the local roots and global rise of a Chickasaw cultural icon. Brad Clonch and Quin Tran also remind viewers that the one-hour companion documentary, Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher, is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. Visit www.ChickasawFilms.com to learn more.
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