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THURSDAY JULY 15 – SUNDAY JULY 18

The Circle Cinema Film Festival returns for 2021! Starting with Circle Cinema’s 93rd birthday on Thursday July 15, enjoy four days of new films, documentaries, and classic favorites all with Oklahoma connections.

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KEEP SHOOTING: THE JOHN STARKS STORY

THURSDAY JULY 15, 7PM & FRIDAY JULY 16, 2PM – NBA LEGEND JOHN STARKS RETURNS TO TULSA WITH FILMMAKER LEIGH SIMONS – Click the poster for more info about the film and event!

Exclusive VIP packages available including a private red carpet reception and four-course lunch at Polo Grill with John Starks and Leigh Simons.
$1000 VIP tickets here – proceeds benefit the non-profit John Starks Foundation and non-profit Circle Cinema Foundation,

THURSDAY JULY 15, 7PM – Tickets $20
Includes a post-film Q&A with John Starks and Leigh Simons
Circle Cinema members will also have access to the pre-film reception from 6-7pm and receive a free drink token with ticket purchase.

FRIDAY JULY 17, 7PM – Tickets $20
Includes a pre-film intro from John Starks and Leigh Simons


CCFF 2021 Official Selections

CCFF SELECTED SHORTS – FREE!

FRIDAY JULY 16, 6PM – all tickets free at the door

Enjoy an evening of 10 short films curated for the Circle Cinema Film Festival – free to attend! The 90minute program will include a diverse slate of shorts from around the world, highlighting the works of talented filmmakers from as far as Paris to right here in Tulsa. Titles below, and click here for detailed synopses and filmmakers bios on each short.

Starving Artist – dir. Ty Bryce
Experimental Thriller

T-Town New ep. 1 – dir. Wes deHart
Dark Comedy

Potion for Passion – dir. Paris Burris
Comedy

Seven Minutes – dir. Shaun McGhee
Drama

For Moms – dir. Kameron McQueen
Documentary

OK – dir. Kalup Linzy
Comedy

Jayne & Elvisdir. Thanh Ingle Lai
Comedy, Drama

Ghost Dogsdir. Joe Cappa
Horror, Comedy, Animation

You Do Not Know Me – dir. Myles Dement
Experimental, Documentary

SARDIS – dir. Colleen Thurston
Documentary


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SKATING POLLY: UGLY POP

FRIDAY JULY 16, 8PM – VIDEO INTRO FROM THE BAND & DRUMMER KURTIS MAYO IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q&A WITH CASII STEPHAN!

Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo are step-sisters from Oklahoma City who founded their band, Skating polly at the ages of 14 and 9, respectively. They call their style of music, “Ugly Pop”: infectious melodies, but with real-life blemishes still showing. This film is a documentary exploring the early years of Skating Polly. Peyton and Kelli get their first tastes of success, and try to stay true to themselves and their love of music. We see the sisters grow as people and musicians and how they became the band they are today. Their earnestness throughout is refreshing and inspiring.

FRIDAY JULY 16, 8PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members


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THE SNEAK OVER

SATURDAY JULY 17, 11:30AMFREE PRE-FILM DONUT AND COFFEE BAR AT 10:30AM & POST-FILM Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS AND CAST MODERATED BY LYNN HERNANDEZ!

It’s the summer before fifth grade and Henry Hudson hasn’t found his place in the world. Then he meets a group of immature film geeks who give him the courage to lead a battle against the neighborhood bullies and finally become one of the guys. For families who love The Goonies or The Sandlot, don’t miss The Sneak Over.

SATURDAY JULY 17, 11:30AM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members, $5 kids
Includes a complimentary donut & coffee bar at 10:30am plus post-film q&a with Brandon Bergin (writer/director), Tracie Burgess (producer), Reed Taylor (lead actor, ‘Henry Hudson’), and Max Purget (actor, ‘Stats’), moderated by Lynn Hernandez.


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REBUILDING BLACK WALL STREET: MY LIFE

SATURDAY JULY 17, 2PM & 7PM – WITH FILMMAKER THERESE ANDERSON-ADUNI – Click the poster for more info about the film and event!

An inspiring new short film made from home movies of families that stayed in Greenwood and rebuilt after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. An exhibit of still photos will also be on display in the Circle Cinema gallery from Jul 7 – Aug 6.

SATURDAY JULY 17, 2PM – Tickets ‘pay what you can’
Includes pre-film reception starting at 1pm and post-film Q&A with filmmaker TheRese Anderson-Aduni

SATURDAY JULY 17, 7PM – Tickets ‘pay what you can’
Includes pre-film reception starting at 6pm and post-film Q&A with filmmaker TheRese Anderson-Aduni


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HOLY FRIT

SATURDAY JULY 17, 4PM

Directed by Tulsan Justin S. Monroe who will join us In Person for Q&A moderated by Adam Chitwood (Collider). Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at 2021 Slamdance.

In this three-year race against time, Tim Carey, a talented, yet unknown L.A. artist, bluffs his way into winning the commission to create the largest stained-glass window of its kind. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to make it. In a desperate search, he finds someone who might have the answer – the famous glass maestro Narcissus Quagliata.

SATURDAY JULY 17, 4PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members


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THE DARK AND THE WICKED

SATURDAY JULY 17, 8:30PM – Q&A WITH STAR MICHAEL ABBOTT JR MODERATED BY GRAVEYARD SHIFT’S DAVID NOFIRE.

Michael Abbott Jr will also be featured in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, currently filming in Oklahoma!

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.

SATURDAY JULY 17, 8:30PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members


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TWISTER – 25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!

SUNDAY JULY 18, 1:30PM – INTRO FROM FILM CRITIC JEFF HUSTON, PLUS ACTRESS APRIL WARREN AND MEMORABILIA FROM WAKITA OK’S TWISTER THE MOVIE MUSEUM – click the poster for more info about the film and event!

TV weatherman Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo (Helen Hunt), to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of stormchasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornados.

SUNDAY JULY 18, 1:30PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members


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GREENWOOD HERE AND NOW

SUNDAY JULY 18, 4:30PM

Directed by Kelly Kerr, student media coordinator at the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications, with participation from OSU students.

In 1921, the 35 square block Greenwood neighborhood was destroyed during the largest race massacre in United States’ history. Three hundred people lost their lives. This film examines the neighborhood today, the memory of the massacre and what the future may hold.

SUNDAY JULY 18, 4:30PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members


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ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

SUNDAY JULY 18, 7PMWITH POST-FILM PANEL FEATURING CHEF NICO ALBERT AND CHERYL DELK, Ph.D.

Nico Albert is a self-taught chef Tulsa-based chef renowned for her traditional Indigenous cuisine. Cheryl Delk, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of the Youth Mental Health Program at Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind . . . Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

SUNDAY JULY 18, 7PM – Tickets $10 general, $6.50 Members