The Chickasaw Nation is planning to make a film of the life of the groundbreaking entertainer Te Ata, and is holding open casting calls actross the country. This Sunday, June 22, the casting directors will be evaluating candidates in the Los Angeles area at Beverly Holloway Casting, 5721 W. Slauson Ave., Suite 110, in Culver City. The L.A. casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Te Ata Thompson Fisher, often known simply as Te Ata (meaning "Bearer of the Dawn"), lived from 1895 to 1995, and was the third Tribal member inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, in 1990. She was a noted actress and drama instructor, but what made her such an important cultural figure was her interpretations and performances of American Indian folklore. In a career that spanned 60 years, Te Ata helped further understanding of Native culture with performances across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Te Ata famously entertained President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the British Royal Family. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1957, and named Woman of the Year by the Ladies' Home Journal in 1976.
Additional casting calls will take place June 28 in Oklahoma City and June 29 in Ada, Oklahoma — for information on these, visit facebook.com/TeAtaThompsonFisher, and check TeAtaTheMovie.com for updates on the film. (The first casting call took place June 14 in Dallas.)