Blog: Chickasaw produced 'Pearl' set for Oklahoma debut
"For the past year, the made-in-Oklahoma biopic “Pearl” has been soaring through the film festival circuit, collecting awards, earning the Dove family-approved seal and making grown men weep.

Now, the uplifting movie is landing back in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of state leaders, film industry executives and other dignitaries are expected to attend the invitation-only Oklahoma premiere of “Pearl” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Theater in Moore.

Produced by the Ada-based Chickasaw Nation, “Pearl” tells the true story of Eula “Pearl” Carter-Scott, who in 1928 became the youngest licensed pilot in the nation.

“It’s a story that people in the tribe are very proud of, but also I think almost anyone in the world can relate to it,” said producer David Rennke, who works for the tribe’s multimedia department.

“It’s about somebody pursuing their dreams and being able to accomplish them with the support that their family provides them. It just has a lot of universal themes,”

In the 1920s, famed Oklahoma aviator Wiley Post befriended Pearl, a Chickasaw youth from Marlow. The relationship inspired the girl to take to the air, and she earned her pilot’s license at age 13. Within a year, she was performing as a barnstormer and working as a commercial flier.

“Pearl” is the first feature film made by the Chickasaw Nation, which took on the project as an effort to preserve the tribe’s history and culture."

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Bam's Blog: Oklahoma-made aviation biopic “Pearl” to get state premiere Tuesday (The Oklahoman 4/30)