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Feature Film to share story of The Chickasaw Rancher, Montford Johnson

Release Date: March 10, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The search is underway in the Los Angeles area for Native American actors to star in a tribally - produced feature film inspired by the life of Chickasaw cattle rancher Montford T. Johnson.

An open casting call for “The Chickasaw Rancher” will be conducted 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat., March 18 at Beverly Holloway Casting, 5721 W. Slauson Ave., Suite 110, Culver City, Calif.

Produced by Chickasaw Nation Productions, the film will share the story of one of the most colorful personalities of the 19th Century—Chickasaw rancher Montford T. Johnson.

Orphaned at a young age, Johnson survived great hardships and tragedy to establish a vast ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisholm Trail.

Inspired by recounts of Johnson's life, the film will tell of his time among settlers, cowboys, Indian fighters, bandits and fur traders.

Armed with a Colt revolver and dreams of a better life, he had the grit, determination and courage that was needed to tame what seemed an infinite wilderness, while always maintaining respect for the Native people who lived there.

Nationwide Casting Calls Set

Production on “The Chickasaw Rancher” is planned for mid-2017 and nationwide casting calls begin in March.

Auditions will include a 2-minute reading audition before casting staff.  Auditions will end promptly at the scheduled time, so please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to closing time.

It is estimated the first 150 people will have an opportunity to read for casting staff.

Individuals interested in auditioning for a role are encouraged to bring an 8X10 portrait and a résumé to the casting call.

Auditions are open to everyone. Native American actors are encouraged to audition.

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