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.
All tickets $12 (unless listed as FREE) | CCFF ALL ACCESS PASS $175
Highlights from Circle Cinema Film Festival 2019 include:
– 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 – Tickets!
– 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 – Tickets!
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 – Tickets!
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 – Free Ticket!
-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. Q&A with actors from film, Bartholomew family and Channel 8 co-workers. (FREE)
Juice: How Electricity Explains the World (2019) (Doc) Screen 1 – Sat, July 13 4:30 PM – Tickets!
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 – Tickets!
– 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 – All Seats $20 – Tickets!
– 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 – Tickets!
– 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 – Tickets!
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 – Tickets!
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 – Tickets!
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 – Tickets On Sale Soon!
– 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 – Tickets!
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 are $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 – Free Ticket!
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. (FREE)
REPUBLICAN HAIR to perform LIVE on Fri, July 12 at 8:30 at Kendall-Whittier’s newest spot, Bar 473.
$5 at the door and free for Circle Cinema Film Festival badge holders.
HANSON 360, Sat, July 13 from 12-8 in gallery. A Virtual Reality experience from Tulsa’s own Steelehouse Productions. This experience ushers the viewer into the private recording studio of 3CG Records to sit right in the middle of brothers and Tulsa rock icons Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson as they craft and record the strikingly beautiful not-yet-released single “Compromise”. Directed by Mark Steele for Steelehouse Productions. (FREE)
91st BIRTHDAY with CAKE on Mon, July 15 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm with Peggy Dow Helmerich. (FREE)
Our Circle Cinema Film Festival 2019 Sponsors and partners:
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