Cherokee Nation Celebrates ‘Land Of Gold’, The First Film Made At The Tribe’s Studio And Soundstage In Oklahoma

Cherokee Nation And its film office. celebrating the premiere of land of gold and the first production of its kind to be filmed at Tribe’s studio and state-of-the-art virtual soundstage located in Owaso. The film, directed by award-winning filmmaker Nardeep Khurmi, debuted at the Tribeca Festival in New York City this month.

The film follows Kiran, a truck driver and expectant father, played by Khurmi, as his already turbulent life takes a drastic turn when he accepts a young girl named Elena, played by Caroline Valencia, as part of his family. sets out to reunite with him when he learns that the child has been taken away. in a shipping container.

land of gold 2021 is the winner AT&T Presents: Untold Stories – a multi-year, multi-layered alliance between AT&T and Tribeca Festival. Each year the program awards $1 million to a deserving, underrepresented filmmaker to produce their film and provides mentorship and first-look opportunities for distribution.

“Inclusive storytelling is important not only in front of the camera, but behind it as well. This story of hyphenated Americans could not have been made without the support of the Cherokee Nation, whose generosity allowed us to film our road trip sequence in comfort and safety,” Khurmi said. “I’m honored to be making my first film about being American in collaboration with the people of First Nations. It’s exhilarating, and I’m so proud of what we’ve done together.”

The Tribe’s virtual soundstage, the first of its kind in Oklahoma and an Indian nation, covers 27,000 square feet located on more than 4 acres within the Cherokee Nation Reservation. Cherokee Nation Extended Reality Studio, or XR Studio, an LED wall and ceiling structure to provide industry-leading content and capabilities in virtual production, using augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality elements to create fully immersive experiences Includes both.

“This premiere reflects the importance of the Cherokee Nation, which has introduced unprecedented film technology to our region,” said Jennifer Lauren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “It’s really exciting to see this film and our reservations and diverse production capabilities within the state be on stage around the world.”

Earlier this year, the Cherokee Nation and its businesses also launched a powerful economic tool within the tribe’s reservation and expanded their effort to help develop the film and television industries in Oklahoma, when the Cherokee Nation Film Office annual Became the first Aboriginal film commission to be offered $1 million. Film incentives for productions filmed within the boundaries of their tribe.