“The Cherokee Word for Water” to Screen at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Film Studies Alumna Melanie Sweeney Works on Film, Screens at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame



Authentic Film Tells The Story Of Wilma Mankiller And Charlie Soap Inspiring A Local Community To Build The Bell Water Line In Rural Oklahoma.

The Film reception and premiere of The Cherokee Word For Water is on November 29th, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Guests include Charlie Soap, Oren Lyons, Mo Brings Plenty, Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, Gloria Steinem
DETAILS: By invitation only; for more information, please e-mail melaniebsweeney@gmail.com.

The Cherokee Word For Water will screen at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on November 29th at 7:30pm. The film will be screened in English with some English subtitles for dialog in Cherokee.

In the words of (Academy Award winning Pixar producer) Darla Anderson, “The Cherokee Word for Water has the same kind of elements of a Pixar film. It has a compelling story and a world not that many people know about. It’s about how a community fought against everything to control their own destiny.”

Twenty years in the making, touching, deeply human, The Cherokee Word For Water is a story about “Everyday people can do what they think is impossible,” says producer Charlie Soap.

This film is set to make its theatrical début in Oklahoma December 2012 at Circle Cinema in Tulsa and Dream Theater in Tahlequah.

Attending the reception and screening will be Charlie Soap and Mo Brings Plenty (Cowboy’s and Aliens, The Wild West) who plays Charlie, as well as Native advocate Oren Lyons, the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation (The 11th Hour, The Making of ‘Last of the Mohicans’) and local first time actors. We are honored with the presence of the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, Gloria Steinem, pow wow drummers and local musicians featured in the soundtrack.

This film was made possible by the generous support of the Tulsa community/TCF, Ok Film Commission, the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations as well as Skywalker Ranch and Pixar Films.

For more information about The Cherokee Word For Water, to view clips from the film, visit: www.cw4w.com. For downloadable press materials (including production notes and high-res photos) e-mail melaniebsweeney@gmail.com.

Ashley Etter