“Reservation Dogs” premieres at Circle Cinema in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa got a taste of Hollywood on Monday night when she rolled out the green carpet for the “Reservation Dogs” premiere.
The FX on Hulu comedy follows four native teenagers from rural Oklahoma who steal, steal, and save to get to California.
Star D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, a mixed Indigenous actor, said the show normalizes the Indigenous community.
“It’s nice that shows like this and others attack native issues and native things in general with a touch of comedy,” Woon-a-tai said. “Because that’s what we are, we’re very funny people.”
“Reservation Dogs” is called a “breakthrough” for its Indigenous representation. Not only on screen, but also behind the scenes. Every writer, director and regular on the show is Indigenous, something Mowhawk actress Devery Jacobs said she has never experienced before.
“And then when I looked around and almost every job was at least one aboriginal had a job,” Jacobs said. “I’ve never worked with an aboriginal stunt coordinator before. Or key makeup artist. And so everywhere I looked around, I felt like I was in family and in community. “
Shot around Green Country, one of the showrunners has ties to the Sooner State. Co-creator and executive producer Sterlin Harjo is a Seminole and Muscogee filmmaker from Holdenville.
“I think it’s important for everyone to tell their own story, and the same with my community,” Harjo said.
The premiere at the Circle Cinema was like a homecoming for Harjo. He shot a previous movie in this neighborhood and his name is on the sidewalk in front of the theater.
“Being able to come here and create this show that I’ve worked really hard on is wonderful,” Harjo said. “And I feel like my whole career has really led to that. And so, it’s nice to be able to share it with people back home.
While Harjo is from the area, the filming of the series was the first time some of the cast had known Oklahoma. They were impressed with what the state has to offer.
“I had an idea of the south based on media and perceptions. And I think a lot of them got it wrong, ”Jacobs said. “There is so much beauty here. There is a dark story, but it shapes the complicated nature of this place. I think ‘Reservation Dogs’ explores the good, the bad and everything in between. It really is a love letter to this part of the world.
“Reservation Dogs” is co-created by Harjo and Taika Waititi.
It will premiere on Hulu on Monday, August 9.
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