‘Nanyehi’ film to be featured at Tribal Film Festival

08/17/2018 08:15 AM
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Young Nanyehi receives a turkey feather cape honoring her as a tribal leader in the short film “Nanyehi.” From left to right are Dragging Canoe, played by Travis Fite; Chief Oconasota, played by Michael Stopp; and Chief Attakullakulla, played by Ken Foster; and Young Nanyehi, played by Amber Awalt. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The award-winning short film “Nanyehi” will be presented ON Aug. 25 at the 2018 Tribal Film Festival hosted in the Webb Auditorium at Northeastern State University.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with producers and cast, including Becky Hobbs, Winnie Guess Perdue, Travis Fite and David Barnoski.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to share this film with the Tahlequah community in the capital of our beloved Cherokee Nation,” Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer and Nancy Ward descendant, said. “We made this story come to life in Tahlequah, and it is a true joy to bring it back home to share with our families, friends and fellow Cherokee.”

The film shares the story of Ward, a Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, and her role in the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century. The struggle between peace and war is depicted by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being CN citizens.

“We are humbled and grateful for the amount of support we have had on this project,” David Webb, co-producer of the film, said. “The passion this incredible story generates to audiences everywhere has fueled its success, but we would not be where we are today without the gracious support we’ve received from the Cherokee Nation and the Tahlequah community. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Nancy Ward.”

The screening is open to the public and free to attend. Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 918-219-4720 or by visiting the festival’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TFFest. The Webb Auditorium is at 610 N. Grand Ave.

The film has been shown in Tulsa; Muskogee; Nashville, Tennessee; and Fort Worth, Texas. Accolades include Director’s Choice Award, Native American Vision Award, Best Family Short, and three Audience Choice Awards for Best Short, Best Theatrical Trailer and Best Theatrical Poster.

For more information about the film festival, visit TribalFilmFestival.org.

The film will also be featured as part of Tulsa’s second annual Native American Day at Guthrie Green on Oct. 8. For more information about the film, visit NanyehiShortFilm.com.


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