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Locally Produced Film to be Preserved at Library of Congress

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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.

"The Daughter 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 international attention.

"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.

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Pop Museum 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.

"It's 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," said Moore.

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

"It's 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.

Artifacts from 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.

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