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Circle Cinema Film Festival 2019
July 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
After debuting in 2018 as part of Circle Cinema’s 90th birthday celebration, the Circle Cinema Film Festival is back in 2019 with an exciting showcase of original storytelling through film, art, music and experiences. The festival brings a stellar lineup of diverse films and special guests to Tulsa, including some fresh from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Film programming, with an emphasis on Oklahoma-centric independent films and filmmakers, will include a mix of documentaries and features along with some classic and even silent films.
Highlights from Circle Cinema Film Festival 2019 to include:
Meet the Filmmaker: Crystal Kayiza-Lunch and film screening with former Jenks HS film student and Sundance documentarian. More about her https://filmmakermagazine.com/
Red Dog (2019)– Q&A following film with Oklahoma native Luke Dick, now a Nashville-based songwriter, singer and filmmaker. (https://www.rollingstone.com/
Bluebird (2019) – Q&A with filmmakers following film – Stars Oklahoma’s Garth Brooks & Taylor Swift – (https://www.rollingstone.com/
Okies in Silent Film (1920s) a curated retrospective of Oklahoma actors who appeared in silent films. Includes live musical accompaniment on Circle’s 1928 theatre pipe organ hosted by Dr. Joseph Rivers, TU professor and head of Film Studies Department.
Terlton (2019) – World premiere – Q&A with filmmaker Sterlin Harjo – A story about the power of community. In the summer of 1985, a small town in Oklahoma suffered an unimaginable tragedy; one-fourth of their community was killed in an explosion at Aerlex Corp, a local fireworks factory.
Cole Justice (1989) -30th Anniversary screening with an “8’s The Place” Walk of Fame dedication to Tulsa filmmaker Carl Bartholomew.
Juice: How Electricity Explains the World (2019) – Oklahoma premiere – Q&A with Tulsan Robert Bryce, executive producer and filmmaker. https://www.juicethemovie.com
Words From A Bear (2019) – Q&A with filmmakers following film – https://www.hollywoodreporter.
Arrows of Outrageous Fortune (2019); Q&A following film with OKC filmmaker Mickey Reese.
Graveyard Shift presents: Slumber Party 10 – Annual all-night horror movie fest joins the CCFF fun.
American Heretics: Politics of the Gospel (2018) -Q&A following film with film directors. With community partner All Souls Unitarian Church.
Masked and Anonymous (2003) An evening with film and TV (Seinfeld, etc) writer Larry Charles and special screening of the film he wrote with Bob Dylan. Presented by the Bob Dylan Center.
Lindy Waters III (2019) – Documentary featuring OSU’s basketball star Lindy Waters. With Tulsa filmmaker Kyle Bell and special guest for Q&A (Kyle was recently selected for the 2019 Sundance Native Filmmakers Lab)
Gray Frederickson – Walk of Fame dedication & film screening in partnership with the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Student short film program – Submission link here https://filmfreeway.com/
91st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION with cake and special guests including Peggy Dow Helmerich
ART – Tulsa filmmaker/photographer, Shane Brown’s exhibit opens and runs during the festival
MUSIC – Luke Dick and Republican Hair perform at 473 Bar in Kendall Whittier at part of the Circle Cinema Film Festival – Tulsa’s David Horne and the David Hornes open.
FILM PANELS & SPEAKERS – TBA
VR STORYTELLING EXPERIENCES
– A seemingly monotonous weekend turns toxic for three different relationships as they converge on one fateful night, only to find broken hearts, shattered trust, and the uncertain road that lies ahead. Filmed in Oklahoma. Q&A with Tulsa writer/director Josh Downing.
American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2018) (Doc) Screen 1 – Sun, July 14 2:30 PM
– Takes audiences into the buckle of Bible belt where a group of defiant Oklahomans are rising up to challenge deeply rooted fundamentalist Christian doctrine. Labeled as “heretics” for their beliefs and actions, they refuse to wield their faith as a sword sharpened by literal interpretations of the Bible. Q&A with award-winning filmmakers Jeanine Butler and Catherine Butler. Features Tulsans Bishop Carlton Pearson and Rev. Marlin Lavanhar. Filmed in Oklahoma. Presented with community partner All Souls Unitarian Church.
Arrows of Outrageous Fortune (2019) (Feature) screen 2 – Sat, July 13 8:00 PM
George Arrow bequeaths his estranged son, Henry, a mansion filled with insane women. Filmed in Oklahoma. Q&A with OKC filmmaker Mickey Reese.
Bluebird (2019) (Doc) screen 1 – Fri, July 12 7:00 PM
Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. Q&A with Bluebird Café General Manager Erika Wollam, (also producer), and Brian Loschiavo, producer/director .
Cole Justice (1989) (Feature) Screen 1 – Mon, July 15 7:00
-30th Anniversary screening with an “8’s The Place” Circle Cinema Oklahoma Walk of Fame dedication to Tulsa filmmaker and beloved “Uncle Zeb” children’s TV show host, Carl Bartholomew. Filmed in Tulsa.
Crystal Kayiza – Thur, July 11 12:00 PM
-Lunch and film and conversation with the former Jenks HS film student and Sundance documentarian. Moderator: Clifton Raphael, Jenks High School film educator.
Juice: How Electricity Explains the World (2019) (Doc) Screen 1 – Sat, July 13
While electricity availability doesn’t guarantee wealth, its absence almost always means poverty. Juice takes viewers to Beirut, Reykjavik, Kolkata, San Juan, Manhattan, and Boulder to tell the human story of electricity and to explain why power equals power. The punchline of the film is simple: darkness kills human potential. Electricity nourishes it. Q&A with writer/director Tyson Culver and writer Robert Bryce.
Kids (1995) (Feature) – Screen 1 – Fri, July 12 9:30 PM
– Directed by Tulsa native Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine, the film depicts a day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins.
Masked and Anonymous (2003) (Feature) – Screen 1 – Sun, July 14 6:00 PM
– Emmy Award-winning TV writer Larry Charles hosts a special screening of the film he wrote with Bob Dylan. Presented with community partner The Bob Dylan Center.
Red Dog (2019) (Doc) – Screen 1 – Thur, July 11 7:00 PM
– Early 1980’s, the only family toddler Luke knew were the strippers, bouncers, and outcasts that called OKC’s rowdiest strip club home. Filmed in Oklahoma. Q&A with OKC native Luke Dick, now a Nashville-based songwriter, singer and filmmaker.
To the Stars (2019) (Feature) – Screen 2 – Sat, July 13 5:00 PM
Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma. Filmed in Oklahoma.
Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You (2019) (Doc) – screen 1 – Sun, July 14 12:00 PM
Follows Albuquerque inventor/tinkerer, Rusty Tidenberg’s journey with gender transition. Q&A with producer/director Harrod Blank.
Words From A Bear (2019) (Doc) – Screen 1 – Sat, July 13 7:00 PM
Examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors. With Q&A with filmmaker. Moderator: Teresa Miller, Tulsa writer and literary activist.
The Outsiders (1983) (Feature)- Thur, July 11 7:30 PM
– Circle Cinema Oklahoma Walk of Fame dedication & film screening with community partner the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. (6-7 w/Academy-Award winning producer Gray Frederickson, for a limited amount of all-access festival ticket holders.)
Oklahoma Shorts – screen 1 – Sat, July 13 1:00 PM
Terlton (2019) (Doc) – A story about the power of community. In the summer of 1985, a small town in Oklahoma suffered an unimaginable tragedy; one-fourth of their community was killed in an explosion at Aerlex Corp, a local fireworks factory. Q&A with filmmaker Sterlin Harjo.
The Third (2019) (Doc) – Features OSU’s basketball star Lindy Waters III. For the Q&A, Waters joins Tulsa director Kyle Bell who was recently selected for the 2019 Sundance Native Filmmakers Lab.
+ Also includes an additional FIRE THIEF FILM
Slumber Party X – Screen 1 – Sat, July 13 10 PM (Tickets $30)
an all-night horror movie scare-athon featuring Friday the 13th Part III (1982) in 3D, Tourist Trap (1979), Nightbreed (1990), StageFright (1987) and a 35mm print of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986) will close out the night!
Okies in Silent Film (1920s) screen 1 – Sat, July 13 11:00 AM
a curated retrospective and film clips of the six Oklahoma actors who appeared in silent films. Includes live musical accompaniment on Circle’s 1928 theatre pipe organ. Presented with community partner the American Theatre Organ Society-Sooner State Chapter. Host: Dr. Joseph Rivers, Coordinator of Music & Film Scoring and Film Studies Dept. Chair, University of Tulsa. (FREE)
– Showcasing local high school and college student-made short films.
LIVE on Fri, July 12 at 8:30 at Kendall-Whittier’s newest spot, Bar 473.
Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection
Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture
Arts Alliance Tulsa
Oklahoma Film + Music Office
All Souls Unitarian Church
American Theatre Organ Society-Sooner State Chapter
The Bob Dylan Center
KTUL- Oklahoma’s Channel 8
Oklahoma Hall of Fame