Chickasaw rancher

2018 / in production / united states

Beautiful and treacherous, the Western plains of Indian Territory were home to 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, this dramatic story tells 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.

Panel Thursday, April 5 4pm

 Director: Nathan Frankowski

Director: Nathan Frankowski

Canadian born Nathan Frankowski is an award-winning film director who got his start in documentaries where he traveled to over thirty countries. Frankowski’s directing credits for narrative features include NO SAINTS FOR SINNERS (Keith David, James Cosmo), Sony Pictures’ TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS (Kat Dennings, Rupert Friend, Chad Michael Murray), UNLIMITED (Fred Thompson) and TE ATA (Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham, Q’orianka Kilcher).