Movie about Chief Standing Bear set to begin filming in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A movie about an important figure in Nebraska’s history is set to begin filming.
In 1879, Chief Standing Bear helped establish rights for Native Americans to be legally considered human beings during a trial against the United States.
The film, titled “I Am A Man: The True Story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear,” will depict that landmark trial, according to a press release from the Cherokee Nation Film Office.
The movie has received final funding and will begin shooting in locations in Nebraska and the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Oklahoma, the release said.
The film is a recipient of the Cherokee Nation Film Incentive, according to the release.
“‘I Am a Man’ is an important Native American story that needs to be told. We are proud to offer our film incentive to such a project,” Jennifer Loren, senior director of Cherokee Nation Film and Original Content, said in a release.
“I Am A Man” has also earned grants and tax incentives from the Nebraska Film Office, the Tulsa Office of Film, and the cities of Norfolk and Fremont.
A bill signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts allowed the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to award the film with a one-time grant.
Andrew Troy, an American film producer, will direct the film.
Joe Starita, a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, wrote the book the film is based on, according to the release.