Chickasaw Nation film “Te Ata” selected for 2016 Gallup Film Festival

Q'orianka Kilcher plays the part of Te Ata.

Q’orianka Kilcher plays the part of Te Ata.

Published September 18, 2016

GALLUP – The Chickasaw Nation-produced film, “Te Ata,” was recently selected for the 2016 Gallup Film Festival, Sept. 16-18 at the El Morro Theatre.

A film based on the inspirational true story of Chickasaw storyteller Mary Thompson Fisher, “Te Ata” will be featured in the dramatic category at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the historic El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal Ave. Opened in 1928, the Spanish Colonial El Morro Theatre was restored in 1991.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said the Chickasaw Nation produced the film as part of an effort to tell the story of the Chickasaw people and the Chickasaw Nation.

“As a performing artist, Te Ata was a significant part of a movement that helped members of the public view Native Americans as a vital part of American society.” said Gov. Anoatubby. “Her performances touched the lives of thousands of families who learned to better appreciate the positive contributions Native Americans have made to this great country.”

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 “Te Ata” the movie, visit, Facebook page or “@TeAtaMovie” on Twitter and Instagram. Connect with “Te Ata” social media on all platforms using #TeAtaMovie.


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