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UCO Professor to Premiere Kiowa Documentary at Canadian Film Festival

March 14, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121,


Jeffrey Palmer, assistant professor of mass communication at the University of Central Oklahoma, will premiere his documentary, “Origins,” March 19 at the Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec in Montreal.

Palmer, a first-year faculty member and native Oklahoman, is a Kiowa filmmaker and media artist. His film documents the passed-down stories of the Kiowa people.

“Visually and sonically, ‘Origins’ records the vastness of landscape as well as the intimacy of nostalgic memory. For centuries, Kiowa people traveled far distances, following herds of buffalo across the Great Plains region of North America,” Palmer said.

“On their travels they witnessed many places, observed the universe, and developed many stories. Through storytelling, a history, geography and a cultural worldview were developed and passed down from generation to generation. Thus, present day Kiowa people have strong memories of these regions, even if they never visited them before.”

Palmer hopes his use of digital technology will extend these same stories to future generations.

“The Department of Mass Communication won the lottery in hiring Jeffrey Palmer,” said Roz Miller, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mass Communication.

“His expertise and creative achievement allows us the opportunity to develop a documentary program within our professional media major.”

Palmer, who has worked in various roles on more than a dozen films, now hopes to screen “Origins” throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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