Comanche Documentary

Personal struggles and successes in a clash of cultures.

This project, currently in the filming stage, has already recorded interviews with 22 of Quanah Parker's descendants. More interviews are happening this fall and winter. The film will premier in up to 33 Texas and Oklahoma towns and cities March-May 2019. Reserve your tickets now for the premier near you.

The idea began with the filming of several Quanah Parker descendants as part of a Texas and Comanche Oral History Project (working title). Getting these oral history interviews on film with the goal of making them available as oral history VODs (Videos On Demand) on the internet was intriguing because they would be especially helpful to researchers, history authors, and teachers.

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Ardith Parker Leming, great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker

Help us kickstart the telling of this generations-long story.

The idea was born. A documentary threading together snippets from as many as 60 oral history interviews – Comanches, many of them descendants of Quanah Parker, along with some non-Comanches – illustrating the story of Comancheria, Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah Parker, coming to the reservation, and acculturation as told by a widely-recognized and award-winning team of storytellers focused on original historical documentation. Reserve your tickets now for the premier near you.

This Comanche Oral History Documentary is phase 1. It will kickstart either a full-length documentary, a television/streaming special series, or a major movie. Each would be factual and as complete as possible, based on the seminal book The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker, written by Bill Neeley and published in 1995 by the New York publisher John Wylie & Sons. Achievement of any of these three depends on our obtaining major financing, and that search is underway.

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Local Film Premiers

We intend to premier the Comanche Documentary in up to 33 Texas and Oklahoma towns and cities between March 2019 and May 2019. Here are the current locations:

Would you like to help bring a film premier to another city not listed above? Please let us know.

Use the order form below to reserve your film premier tickets in one of these locations, order the film's commemorative poster, or buy The Last Comanche Chief (signed by the author, Bill Neeley).

Commemorative Poster

The poster is 16"x20", with a stipple drawing of Quanah Parker by young Comanche artist Austin McClung, a great-great-great-grandson of Quanah Parker. Buy a poster and save $30 on a ticket!

Signed Paperback Book

The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker by Bill Neeley is the seminal book on Chief Quanah Parker. Buy a signed paperback book and save $10 on a premier ticket!

Library Journal said "The special merits of Neeley's work include its reliance on primary sources and illuminating descriptions of interactions among Southern Plains people, Native and white."

Reserve Premier Tickets; Buy the Poster or Book

For film premier tickets, you are making a reservation. Your card will not be charged until March 1, 2019. We will contact you via email in late February to provide the option to cancel.

Posters and books will be billed when shipped.

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