Cherokee Nation film shot on tribe’s soundstage in Owasso premieres at Tribeca Festival in NYC

OWASSO, Okla. — Cherokee Nation film, “Land of Gold” premiered at the Tribeca Festival in New York City and was the 2021 winner of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories.

“This premiere illustrates the significance of Cherokee Nation having introduced groundbreaking film technology to our region,” said Jennifer Loren, director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content.

A storyline centers around a truck driver and a soon-to-be father, “Kiran,” who is living a tumultuous life. He discovers a young girl named Elena, stowed away in a shipping container, and he decides to reunite the child with her family.

Land of Gold” was directed by award-winning filmmaker Nardeep Khurmi, who also plays the character, “Kiran.”

“I’m honored to have made my first film about what it is to be American with the collaboration of First Nations people. It is exhilarating, and I’m so proud of what we accomplished together,” said Khurmi.

“Land of Gold” was the first film produced at the Cherokee Nation Extended Reality Studio, a 27,000-square feet state-of-the-art XR studio soundstage located on the tribe’s reservation in Owasso.

“Inclusive storytelling is important not only in front of the camera, but behind as well. This story of hyphenated Americans could not have been made without the support of the Cherokee Nation, whose generosity allowed us to film our road trip sequences in comfort and in safety,” said Khurmi.

You can screen “Land of Gold” virtually on Tribeca at Home through June 26. The film will is also featured at the Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“It is truly exciting to see this film and the diverse production capabilities within our reservation and state being featured on a worldwide platform,” said Loren.