‘Mankiller’ premieres June 19 at LA Film Festival
Valerie Red-Horse interviews former Principal Chief Chad Smith in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, for the documentary “Mankiller.” The documentary will cover former Principal Chief Mankiller’s life from her early years until her death on April 6, 2010. EVAN TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
CULVER CITY, Calif. – The “Mankiller” documentary highlighting former Principal Chief Wilma P. Mankiller’s life was slated to premiere on June 19 during the 2017 LA Film Festival at the ArcLight Cinemas.
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, producer and director of the documentary, said she is “thrilled” the documentary will be premiered during the festival.
“We’re thrilled that Los Angeles Film Festival offered us a slot in their competition and also to premiere it as a world premiere,” she said.
Red-Horse Mohl said the approximately hour-long documentary focuses on the late chief’s life from her early years until her death on April 6, 2010. Mankiller served as principal chief from 1985-95.
“I think the meat of the documentary is the (19)60s, (19)70s and (19)80s, and when you look at how her life evolved through that timeframe. Her family was relocated to San Francisco from Oklahoma on pretty much a forced removal program,” she said. “It was such a negative for her that she was crying and everyone was upset but as you see the film evolve you come to understand that San Francisco became so important to her development. She actually embraced the movement of the San Francisco of the (19)60s.”
Red-Horse Mohl said there is also Cherokee Nation history weaved into Mankiller’s story, so it’s something that was focused on in the documentary.
“What’s interesting about her story is she said in her autobiography, ‘my story’s only relevant as much as it’s relevant to the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee history.’ So we do weave Cherokee history in paralleling along her life too,” she said.
Red-Horse Mohl said she is working with fellow producer Gale Anne Hurd, of Valhalla Entertainment, who is known as the “First Lady of Sci-Fi” and has produced films such as “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and is an executive producer on “The Walking Dead.”
Red-Horse Mohl said for the documentary they worked with Mankiller’s widow, Charlie Soap; daughters Gina and Felicia Olaya, locals to Oklahoma; and countless influential people across the country such as former President Bill Clinton and female activist Gloria Steinem.
“That was one of the most exciting parts of the film as well as the most challenging was really just trying to find as many people that knew her, that worked with her whether they were family or Cherokee or United States government,” she said. “You hear from, and I love this, a couple of people who lived in Bell, the community where she brought water. They spoke Cherokee as their first language and you can tell they’re just true Cherokee community people and they had lived in poverty when she brought the water in. At the same time you also hear from Bill Clinton who talks about her and gives her the Medal of Freedom award.”
She said while watching the documentary the audience will see glimpses into Mankiller’s life with recorded footage of the former chief as well as shots of locations in Oklahoma such as Tahlequah, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as in San Francisco.
Red-Horse Mohl said now more than ever Mankiller’s message is “relevant.”
“After we got into it and really kind of started pealing the layers of the onion back and understanding how incredible she was and how much adversity she faced she turned everything positive and just her overall message of how she succeeded in politics by being kind and having integrity. All of those things started coming through, and I just started to feel like I had a huge responsibility to honor her memory and her legacy, but not just as a biography, more as a message,” she said. “I even think it’s a wake up call to the world that we can achieve things by working together. We don’t have to yell and scream, and we don’t have to be divided by party politics. To me, I just feel her message is just more important than ever.”
Red-Horse Mohl said the documentary would air on PBS but a specific date had not been announced.
For more information on the documentary, visit www.mankillerdoc.com
Culver City, Calif. – ᎾᏍᎩ “Mankiller” ᎪᏪᎳᏅᎯ ᎠᏥᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏥᎨᏒ Wilma P. Mankiller ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏪᎳ ᎤᎾᏓᏴᎳᏙᏗ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ 19 ᎾᎿ 2017 LA Film ᏓᎾᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ArcLight Cinemas.
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎧᏃᎯᏎ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎪᏪᎵ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ “ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ” ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏛᎾᏓᏴᎳᏔᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎲᎢ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎣᎩᏰᎸ ᎾᎿ Los Angeles Film Festival ᎣᎦᏛᏛᏅᎯ ᏲᎦᏚᎵ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏠᏅᏛ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏃᎴᏍᏊ premiere ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Red-Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎠᏓᏴᎳᏛᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎤᎳᏂᏙᎸ ᎢᎬᏱᎯᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎶᏐᎯ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎧᏬᏂ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. Mankiller ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᎨᏒ 1985—95 ᎢᎪᎯᏓ.
“ᎨᎵᎠ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ (19)60’s, (19)70’s ᎠᎴ (19)80s, ᎠᎴ ᏱᏣᎦᏎᏍᏔᎾ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏕᎶᏪᎳ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ San Francisco ᏭᏂᎶᏒ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎨᏒ ᏫᎨᏥᏌᏙᏴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᎨᏎ ᎤᎴᏅᎮ ᎠᏠᏱᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏳᏂᏰᎸᏎ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏔᎦᏙᏍᏔᏂ ᏘᎪᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏙᎵᏣ ᎾᏍᎩ San Francisco ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ. ᎢᎦᏃ ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎦᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ San Francisco ᎾᏍᎩ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.”
Red-Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎯᎠ Mankiller ᎠᏥᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏃᏪᎳᏅᎯ.
“ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏙᏪᎳᏅᎢ,” ᎠᏯ ᎠᏉᏪᎳᏅᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏥᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᎢ.’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏛᏍᎪᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᎷᎢ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Red-Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎮ ᎾᏍᎩ producer Gale Anne Hurd, ᎾᏍᎩ Valhalla Entertainment, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏅᏛᎢ “First Lady of Sc-Fi” ᎠᎴ ᎤᏪᎧᎲ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎩ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏙᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ “The Terminator,” “Aliens” ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᏗᎪᏢᏍᎦ “The Walking Dead.”
Red- Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏪᎧᎯᏴ Mankiller’s ᎤᎾᏁᎳᏛᎢ, Charlie Soap; ᏧᏪᏣ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ Gina ᎠᎴ Felicia Olaya, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎠᏁᎯᏨ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎬᏬᎵᎦ ᎨᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill Clinton ᎠᎴ ᎠᎨᏯ Gloria Steinem ᏧᏙᎩᏓ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎦ ᎧᏃᎮᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏩᏛᏓ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎬᏩᏟᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙᎯ ᏱᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏕᎭᏛᎩᏍᎪ, ᎠᎴ ᎦᏥᎨᏳ ᎯᎠ, ᎠᏂᏔᎵᎭ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᏁᎳ ᎤᎭᎸᏃ, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᎢ. ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎯᏳ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏚᏯ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎹ ᏧᏂᎾᏦᏢᎢ. ᎾᎯᏳ ᎠᏛᎪᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill Clinton ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᏁᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏯᏠᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎯ ᎠᎦᏁᎴᎢ.”
ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎦᏙᏍᏕᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎤᎾᎦᏙᏍᏗ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏯᏂᎪᏩᏔ ᎾᏍᎩ Mankiller ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ ᏥᎨᏎ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏣᎦᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏓᎵᏆ, ᏔᎳᏏ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ San Francisco.
Red-Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ Mankiller’s ᎤᏬᏂᏏ ᎾᏍᎩ “ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ”.
“ᎣᏂᏃ ᏬᎩᏴᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎯ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎹᏒᎩ ᏴᎦᏁᎦᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏢᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏣᏘ ᎠᏓᎪᎵᏱᏍᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎦᏛᎴᏒ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏬᏂᏏ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏫᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏙᎩᏯᏛ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵᏬᎯ. ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏟᎢᎸᏒ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᏕᎶᎰᏒ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏍᏛ ᎤᎴᏂᏙᎸ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏊ ᎢᎦᎢ, ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᎾᏛᎪᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎠᏓᏱᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎶᎯ ᏫᏚᏳᎪᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. Ꮭ ᎠᏎ ᏍᏓᏯ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏗᎦᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗ ᎯᎠ.”
Red-Horse Mohl ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎯ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ PBS ᏛᏓᏴᎳᏔᏂ Ꮭ ᏳᎾᏅᏓ ᎢᏳ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ.
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎳᏅᎢ, Visit www.mankillerdoc.com.