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“TE ATA” Comes to Chickasaw Cultural Center


Release Date: October 31, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office


SULPHUR, Oklahoma -- Chickasaw Nation Production’s critically-acclaimed feature film “TE ATA” will be shown at the Chickasaw Cultural Center three consecutive weekends beginning Nov. 4.

Screenings will be 2:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-19 at the Anoli’ Theatre on the campus of the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

A Sept. 27 red-carpet event in Ada, Oklahoma, kicked off the national theatrical release of the film inspired by the life of Chickasaw actress Mary Thompson Fisher.

Released in select theaters from New York to California, “TE ATA” screenings were extended in several theatres across the nation due to overwhelming response.

“TE ATA” focuses on the early life and career of the famed Chickasaw storyteller, who is better known by her stage name, Te Ata. The film 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 bring the story 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.

Filmed exclusively in Oklahoma, the movie shares TE ATA’s uncharted journey to find her true calling and her discovery of the importance of family ties and traditions.

Dallas-based film critic Cynthia Flores gave “TE ATA” a B+ rating on the website Seligfilmnews.com.

“This is the kind of movie you can really take the whole family to see, so find it in theaters today and enjoy “TE ATA.”

“TE ATA” will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November, to coincide with Native American Heritage Month.

Located at 867 Cooper Memorial Drive, the Anoli’ Theatre features a large-format 2,700-square-foot movie screen. Admission to “TE ATA” is $7.

All screenings are at 2:30 p.m.

Screening dates include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Sunday, Nov. 12
  • Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Sunday, Nov. 19

For more information, visit TeAtaMovie.com or ChickasawCulturalCenter.com or call the Chickasaw Cultural Center at 580-622-7130.

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