‘Santa Fe’ short, only film directed by Lynn Riggs, to screen at TU showcase

October 3, 2018

The only film directed by Oklahoma native Lynn Riggs will be screened on Sunday, with live accompaniment for the silent short film and a panel discussion following the presentation.

While best-known as the writer of “Green Grow the Lilacs,” the play on which the musical “Oklahoma!” is based, Riggs was also a Hollywood screenwriter of films, including a pair of Basil Rathbone-starring “Sherlock Holmes” movies in the 1940s.

The one time that he directed was “A Day in Santa Fe,” a 29-minute silent film that will screen at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Tulsa’s Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Place.

The film “is an ode to the culture and beauty of Santa Fe” and “one of the first films made by an American Indian filmmaker,” said Colleen Thurston, who is staging this screening in collaboration with the Native Crossroads Film Festival.

Award-winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate will lead an ensemble that will perform a musical score for the silent film, and they will take part in a Q-and-A along with other guests following the film.

Tickets for this event are $10 and available at the door on Sunday or in advance at bit.ly/2x30AUo online.

Riggs, who was Cherokee and a native of the Claremore area, died in 1954.

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