Oka' - a short film by native Oklahoma filmmaker Rick Thompson - focuses attention on the history of the unique freshwater and mineral springs in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Produced to accompany the Ken Burns television documentary "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea," the film tells the story of the former Platt National Park. Although it was the smallest in the system, the former Platt National Park was one of the more frequently visited parks in the early parts of the 20th century. Even today, the renamed national recreation area attracts a million visitors a year. This high-definition film also showcases opportunities on the horizon for the Arbuckle region with the opening of the new Chickasaw Cultural Center in 2010.
Oka’ (the Chickasaw word for water) aired on OETA and KERA in Texas following the second episode of the Ken Burns series. The film will also be featured in segments on several evenings of the 6:30 OETA newscast the week of September 28.
Watch the full 'Director's Cut' of the film at: http://www.kera.org/oka/