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Release Date: June 01, 2015

by Media Relations Office

OKLAHOMA CITY – The highly respected deadCenter Film Festival will feature the award-winning documentary “First Encounter” concerning the Chickasaw Nation’s interaction with Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto in 1540-41.

In January, the film won Best Short Documentary at Duncan’s Trail Dance Film Festival. “First Encounter” also was featured by the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) in April.

First Encounter will be shown Saturday, June 13 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The event is called Native Storytelling and features Chickasaw musician Zach Garcia, Chickasaw author and storyteller Glenda Galvan and Choctaw artist D.G. Smalling. Full details of the event are available at

The event is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the event, there will be a reception hosted by the Chickasaw Nation at Exhibit C. in Bricktown.  Smalling’s art will be displayed and Garcia will entertain musically.

“First Encounter” chronicles events of the initial introduction to European explorers when Chickasaws resided in the ancestral homeland of Mississippi near what is present day Tupelo. It is the first of many films planned through the Chickasaw Heritage Series, which will explain historical events with a Chickasaw perspective.

The film is narrated by the late Ed Herrmann. Herrmann is best known for a role in television’s hit program “The Gilmore Girls” and narrated many important documentaries. He recently was the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt in documentarian Ken Burn’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” which originally aired in September 2014 but is being rebroadcast now.

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