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Wilma Mankiller to be subject of new PBS documentary

Wilma Mankiller to be subject of new PBS documentary

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Wilma Mankiller, one of Oklahoma’s most revered leaders and the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be the subject of a new documentary for PBS that begins production in Oklahoma next month.

“Mankiller” will tell the biographical life story of the Cherokee leader, and production will begin in early July thanks to funding from Vision Maker Media, which specializes in American Indian stories for public broadcasting, according to a press release.

But what made the production initially possible was a successful crowd-funding campaign that raised more than the $150,000 goal.

The documentary “Mankiller” will be under the production of director-producer Valerie Red-Horse and producer Gale Anne Hurd, who have partnered on multiple documentaries for PBS, the release said.

Mankiller’s daughters and her widower, Charlie Soap, are also producers alongside Red-Horse and Hurd, a producer of films including “The Terminator” and “Aliens” as well as TV smash “The Walking Dead.”

Production on the documentary begins in Oklahoma and continue in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to the release.

Michael Smith 918-581-8479

michael.smith@tulsaworld.com

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