A pair of films about famous Oklahomans — one a new drama and one an award-winning documentary — are now available for viewing at home or with an audience this week.
“Te Ata,” the Chickasaw storyteller who became one of the most famous American Indian performers, has her story told in a new biopic that was filmed in Oklahoma and produced by the Chickasaw Nation.
The film played for several weeks at the Circle Cinema, as well as theaters across the country this fall, and it is now available on DVD for purchase.
The film stars Q’orianka Kilcher (“The New World”) as Te Ata, along with Gil Birmingham and Graham Greene, both seen recently in “Wind River,” and it was acclaimed for the performances and production values by critics.
Special features on the “Te Ata” DVD and Blu-ray release include behind-the-scenes footage, “Toward the Rising Sun” music video and the original trailer. More information is available at teatamovie.com.
Meanwhile, a free screening of “High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland,” a documentary about the oil tycoon and former governor of Oklahoma in the 1930s, is set for Thursday night on the University of Tulsa campus.
The one-hour documentary produced by a number of TU alumni will show in the Gussman Concert Hall at the Lorton Performance Center at TU at 7 p.m. Thursday, with a Q-and-A with the production team following.
Producers Scott Swearingen and Steve Herrin filmed the documentary in Ponca City, where the man who made a fortune and lost it — twice — had lived and built the Marland Mansion.
He was an Oklahoma wildcatter who at one time controlled as much as 10 percent of the world’s oil supply, and whose Marland Oil Co. would be transformed into the making of Conoco Oil.
NEW MOVIES THIS WEEK
“Justice League,” Ben Affleck, PG-13
“Wonder,” Julia Roberts, PG
“The Star,” animated, PG
NEW AT CIRCLE CINEMA
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” Nicole Kidman, R
“Lady Bird,” begins Nov. 22, R
Blade Runner 2049 — 4 Stars
Dunkirk — 3.5 Stars
Only the Brave — 3 Stars
Thor: Ragnarok — 3 Stars
Wind River — 3 Stars
American Made — 3 Stars
Goodbye Christopher Robin — 2.5 Stars
It — 2.5 Stars
Murder on the Orient Express — 2 Stars
The Florida Project — 2 Stars
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House— 2 Stars
Kingsman: The Golden Circle — 2 Stars
The Lego Ninjago Movie — 2 Stars