Stars and cast attend the Red Carpet Movie Showing and After Party for Te Ata
Lee Allan Smith, Cathy Keating, Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Mackenzie Astin, Frank Keating. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).
The movie Te Ata was shown at a red carpet opening recently in six theaters at the Warren Theater with the stars in attendance and a cast party following the film. The movie, produced by the Chickasaw Nation, is based on a touching true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, known as Te Ata.
Te Ata was born near Tishomingo in 1895 and began her career as an actor and storyteller in the 1920s. She received national and international attention with her one- person performances of American Indian folklore. She performed at the White House, for European royalty, and on Broadway and for audiences all over the world. Filming took place in Tishomingo, Pennington Creek, the Chickasaw Nation Capitol, the Chickasaw Bank and the Chickasaw White House. Other locations in Oklahoma were in the Sulphur area, Guthrie and Oklahoma City areas. Nathan Frankowski was director and Paul Sirmons was the producer.
All wristbands, beverage cups, napkins and popcorn bags at the screening featured Te Ata’s name.
Decorations at the cast party included The Chickasaw seal created in an ice sculpture, canoes filled with flowers, and tall bamboo reeds and leaves and wheat with white delphiniums. Tables, food and music were set under a large tented area. Tabitha Fair and Injunuity played at the party. The Petroleum Club catered the food.
Party favors for movie goers included a large Bedre chocolate bar and a handcrafted drum made by Chickasaw artisans. Accompanying literature noted “ the drum has been an important symbol in Native American culture for thousands of years. In Chickasaw tradition, drums are frequently used in story telling, ceremonies and dance.”
The party invitation was a rechargeable trailer of the movie, a music video and behind the scenes video, all condensed in a 6x8 inch package (a beautiful souvenir and reminder of the very special movie.)
Gov. Bill Anoatubby is Gov. of the Chickasaw Nation and along with Lt. Gov. Jefferson Teel, and the tribal elders, tribal legislators, cabinet, tribal judges and other tribal leaders and stars and community leaders, attended the events. Q’Orianka Kilcher who played Te Ata could not be at the screening but sent a video to movie -goers. Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, MacKenzie Astin, Brigid Brannaugh, Cindy Pickett, Jenni Mabry, Malory Drake, Reese Hamilton, Lisa John, Frankowski, Simons, Brian Miller and Tabitha Fair were members of the cast and crew who were there. Gov. Mary Fallin and Wade Christensen, Cathy and Frank Keating, Kim and Brad Henry and Donna and George Nigh also attended.
Also among the attendees at the event was the white spirit dog, Ofi Tohbi, shown in the movie. He was played by Sampson.
The Chickasaw Nation and Oklahoma Events worked with Eventures and Ackerman McQueen on the premiere.
Check with the website: teatamovie.com for venues, times and dates that the movie will be showing.
Ofi Tohbi, Spirit Dog, played by Sampson.
The tented room at the cast party.
Jane Jayroe Gamble, Gerald Gamble.
Blake Wade, Jennifer Kiersch, Jeary Seikel.
David and Lana Lopez.
Gov. Mary Fallin and Wade Christensen.
Ice sculpture at the cast party.