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A Day In Santa Fe (1931) Lynn Riggs Film

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


On Thursday, December 5th at 6 PM the non-profit Circle Cinema presents Lars Gardner’s score to this rare, digitally restored print taken from the 16mm film, “A DAY IN SANTA FE” in partnership with the Claremore Museum of History and the University of Tulsa. (See special guests and ticket information, below.)

Lars Gardner is a Tulsa based composer and performer who works with electronics, synthesizers, and manipulated live and recorded sounds. He currently performs on synthesizers and samplers, with string loops and electronics duo Birds Beak. He is currently completing his music composition degree at the University of Tulsa School of Music.

Rollie Lynn Riggs (August 31, 1899 – June 30, 1954) was an American author, poet, playwright and screenwriter born on a farm near Claremore, OK. His play Green Grow The Lilacs was adapted into the landmark musical “Oklahoma!.”

On Wednesday, January 6, 1932, in a room at La Fonda Hotel on the plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cherokee dramatist and poet Lynn Riggs, with co-writer, co-director, and cameraman James Hughes, hosted the premiere of their silent, black and white “city film” A Day in Santa Fe.

Riggs had left the University of Oklahoma for Santa Fe in the fall of 1923. Santa Fe was in the middle of a growth spurt that saw its population double from about 5,000 in 1910 to just more than 11,000 in 1930. Riggs embraced this dynamic mix of modernism, Pueblo art and religion, and political activism that shaped daily life in Santa Fe and the surrounding area.

In 2018, Jim Hodges, the nephew of Lynn Riggs, visited the Claremore Museum of History with a rare print of A Day in Santa Fe. This 16mm print was Lynn’s personal copy that contained a third reel of additional outtakes of daily life in Santa Fe.

This print is the clearest copy of A Day in Santa Fe (1931) in existence. It has been restored to a digital format and is now accessible at the Claremore Museum of History. In October of 2019, Lynn’s personal copy of A Day in Santa Fe (1931) along with these rare outtakes premiered at the inaugural Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival in Claremore, OK.

Run time: 60 min program

Q&A with Lars Gardner, Joseph Rivers, PhD,
Andy Couch, following film.

Ticket price: $10 – ON SALE NOW!

(Photo Above) Lynn Riggs in Santa Fe


December 5, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Circle Cinema


Circle Cinema
10 South Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74104 United States
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