Locally Produced Film to be Preserved at Library of Congress
COMANCHE CO., Okla_More tonight on
that national recognition for a movie that was filmed right here in Southwest Oklahoma almost 100 years ago. As we told you
yesterday, the Library of Congress chose the silent film "The Daughter of
Dawn" for induction to the 2013 National Film Registry. It was made in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge back in 1920.
of Dawn" will be one of the 25 films inducted into the 2013 National Film
Registry, to represent culture and history in filmmaking. It will be the first
movie ever filmed in Oklahoma
to be inducted into the registry. This silent
film was shot during the summer of 1920 in the beautiful Wichita Mountain
Wildlife Refuge; the film is unique because the cast is made up entirely of American
Indians from the Kiowa and Comanche tribes. Project Director
for the Oklahoma Pop Museum, Jeff Moore says they knew the film was being
considered for this recognition--but was surprised it made the cut due to it
only being seen here in Oklahoma and not receiving much national or
"We had a
premiere in Lawton at Cameron University
last fall. We have a couple of small screenings scheduled, one with the
Comanche Nation and also with the Kiowa Tribe. We haven't released it
nationally yet, so for it to get this kind of recognition this early in the
publicity is really exciting," said Jeff Moore.
Historical Society and the Oklahoma
have big plans for the film...in 2014 the movie will be converted into high
definition. The original 35 millimeter film is in standard definition making it
difficult to show in theaters.
going to be made available through festivals around the world. We've had
interest from Europe, from Australia
and from all across the United States,"
Moore says they are
also looking into a theatrical release so the film can be seen everywhere, and eventually
being released on Blu-Ray and DVD," said Moore
really an exciting time for this to be included in the national register, before
it's really been shown to the public so we can use that as kind of a tool to
get people interested in the film and show that this is a national treasure
from Oklahoma," said Moore.
the film including a teepee, photos from behind the scenes and photos from some
of the first screening of the film will be permanently housed at The Oklahoma Museum
of Popular Culture. The Oklahoma Pop
Museum will be located in Tulsa, and is being
developed by the Oklahoma Historical Society and could be open as early as 2017,
pending approval from the Oklahoma Legislature.