Samantha Crain Raises Awareness of Indigenous Water Issues with Animated ‘When We Remain’ Video
Samantha Crain, Native American singer, songwriter and activist, who is Choctaw, has released an animated video for his Choctaw-language song “When We Remain”, taken from his acclaimed 2020 album “A Small Death”.
The video was a collaboration with music discovery platform The Wild Honey Pie and plumbing company Kohler’s Safe Water For All.
Directed and hosted by Berlin artists Bela Unclecat and Yulia Drobova, the video is designed to raise awareness of the challenges many indigenous communities face in accessing safe drinking water. It opens with sobering statistics that Native American households are 19 times more likely than white households to not have indoor plumbing.
“When We Remain” is included on the Norman singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, which she herself produced and recorded at her friend Brine Webb’s Lunar Manor Studios in Oklahoma City.
“I also did a song at Choctaw on my last album, and it’s more and more something that I wanted to start doing. … It’s been a pretty slow process for me, because you are learning the language, but you’re also trying to figure out how to write songs in a language, ”Crain told The Oklahoman in a 2020 interview.
“There is something really powerful about the words spoken that I feel really deeply. I think if we spoke them more and if other people felt encouraged to write their new kind of traditional songs, then we could in some way. so, like, singing about our present difficulties and in our victories and our survival as an enduring tribe. “
Oklahoma-made movie ‘Alejandro’ to premiere at Circle cinema in Tulsa
TULSA – The Oklahoma-made movie “Alejandro” will premiere Friday at the non-profit Circle Cinema as part of the non-profit Tulsa Theater’s Reel Indie series for films without major distribution agreements.
The film, which shot through Tulsa and surrounding communities last August, will premiere at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a sold-out screening at 7 p.m. Friday. Additional screenings will be available daily until June 3. Each screening will include a special video introduction from producer, actor and writer Sam Ojo on his journey as a filmmaker and why it was important to him that “Alejandro” be made in Tulsa with locals. actors and team.
Set in Tulsa and inspired by live events, “Alejandro” is a courtroom drama about Lucas (Ojo), a Nigerian-American lawyer. After a brief meeting with the daughter of Alejandro, a Mexican wrongly accused of murder, Lucas interrupts the sentencing process and convinces the judge to grant a new trial. As Lucas uncovers the facts of the case, he discovers that sometimes your only hope is a stranger.
OKC stop for Riverdance officially canceled
Initially postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oklahoma City tour stop for Irish dance performance “Riverdance” at Civic Center Music Hall has been officially canceled, OKC Broadway has announced.
All ticket holders are encouraged to check their email for more information. For any questions, send an email to [email protected]
For more information, visit www.okcbroadway.com.
OKC Museum of Art celebrates Chinese cinema with series
To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is celebrating Chinese cinema this weekend.
The series kicks off with the dazzling first feature film by Cathy Yan (“Birds of Prey”), “Dead Pigs”, winner of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. It will screen at 5:30 pm on Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive.
The showcase will continue with a new restoration of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1998 chamber drama “Flowers of Shanghai”, which airs at 8 pm Friday and 12:30 pm Sunday.
Jia Zhangke’s new documentary “Swim Until the Sea Turns Blue,” which chronicles her literature festival in Shanxi, China, will be screened at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
For tickets and information, visit https://www.okcmoa.com/films.
Carrie Underwood’s ‘My Gift’ Wins Billboard Music Award
Checotah native Carrie Underwood added another Billboard Music Award in his trophy case on Sunday night.
His first Christmas album, “My Gift”, won him the Billboard Music Award for Best Christian Album.
The Kelli O’Hara Awards will be awarded virtually on Wednesday
OKC Broadway – a partnership between the Nederlander Organization and the Civic Center Foundation – will present its 2021 Kelli O’Hara Awards in a streaming virtual ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday in https://www.okcbroadway.com/kelliswatch.
The regional competition will select two students from central Oklahoma to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Also known as The Jimmy Awards, the nationwide competition, held annually in New York City, is slated for virtual presentation on July 15.
In addition to selecting the two winners, the awards committee will also honor the award for Best Musical, Best Ensemble, and the Spotlight Awards, which are given to outstanding performers from each school.
While the winners won’t be traveling to New York this year, they will virtually compete with other high school performers for the chance to win Jimmy’s Illustrious Best Actor and Best Actress awards.
Here are the finalists for the Kelli O’Hara Awards:
Outstanding Actor: Brady McComas, Ada High School, “Newsies”; Carson Burton, Classen School of Advanced Studies, “Pippin”; Gabriel Osburn, Norman North High School, “Be Colder”; Garrett Langley, Deer Creek High School, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Jacob Mash, Crossings Christian, “The Little Mermaid”; Jacob Townsend, Heritage Hall, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Kaden Fitz, Southmoore High School, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Kyle Zielinski, Bethany High School, “Footloose”; Noah Cochran, Edmond North High School, “Bright Star”; and Psalm Ambos, Norman North High School, “Be More Chill”.
Outstanding Actress: Addison Bassemier, Southmoore High School, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”; Brightynn Wigington, Deer Creek High School, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Catie Leonard, Bishop McGuinness High School, “Chicago”; Gigi Spicer, Heritage Hall, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Isabella Acuña, Classen SAS, “Pippin”; Katrina Gedmin, Norman North High School, “Be More Chill”; Lexi Sendall, Choctaw High School, “Into the Woods”; Nolia Sweatt, Bethany High School, “Footloose”; Rachael Mosshammer, Choctaw High School, “Into the Woods”; and Ryleigh Andrews, Choctaw High School, “Into the Woods”.
Best Musical: Ada High School, “Newsies”; Deer Creek High School, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling”; Norman North High School, “Be More Chill”.
The Jimmy Awards celebrate the brightest stars in high school musical theater from across the United States. In a typical year, regional winners are invited to New York City for professional training and participate in a spectacular national awards program on a Broadway stage.
The Kelli O’Hara Awards are an officially recognized regional awards program of the Jimmy Awards, and OKC Broadway is committed to always recognizing the exceptional talent of our local schools and our attendees through this virtual awards opportunity this year.
For more information, visit www.okcbroadway.com/kellis.