2021 Sundance Film Festival and Circle Cinema Reveal Program Selections Debuting in Tulsa

Tickets on Sale on January 7, 2021

Tulsa, OK — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced last month the new independent work selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, January 28-February 3, 2021. The Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform and in-person screenings across the country on Satellite Screens including in Tulsa (public health permitting). Online, Festival attendees can gather in virtual waiting rooms, participate in live Q&A’s, and congregate in new environments to interact in a range of ways, both new and familiar. The Institute shared details of how the Festival will meet audiences on the online platform and Satellite Screens in December.

Circle Cinema is proud to partner with the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to bring selections of the program to Tulsa with screenings at Circle Cinema and Admiral Twin Drive-In. “As Oklahoma’s only Satellite Screen, it will be a great opportunity to see major Festival films in Tulsa. This is a truly incredible and diverse slate of movies from around the world.” said Chuck Foxen, Circle Cinema Programmer. Clark Wiens, Circle Cinema Co-Founder and Board President, added “Presenting the Festival safely is also our top priority. We are excited for Tulsa to enjoy these films from the comfort of their own vehicles at Admiral Twin Drive-In, or under Circle Cinema’s COVID-19 protocols for indoor screenings, approved by the Tulsa Health Department as meeting CDC guidelines.”

The film selections playing in Tulsa are:

-Coda: Thursday January 28, 7pm
English and American Sign Language with English subtitles
As a CODA—Child of Deaf Adults— Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.
Director: Siân Heder
U.S. Dramatic Competition Program

-Strawberry Mansion: Thursday January 28, 8:50pm
In a world where the government records and taxes dreams, an unassuming dream auditor gets swept up in a cosmic journey through the life and dreams of an aging eccentric named Bella. Together, they must find a way back home.
Directors: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
NEXT Program

-Rebel Hearts: Friday January 29, 8pm
A group of pioneering nuns bravely stand up to the Catholic Church patriarchy, fighting for their livelihoods, convictions, and equality against an all-powerful cardinal. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, these women have reshaped our society with their bold acts of defiance.
Director: Pedro Kos
U.S. Documentary Competition Program

-In the Earth: Friday January 29, 9:50pm
As a disastrous virus grips the planet, a scientist and a park scout venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness as the forest comes to life around them. Contains strobe effects
Director: Ben Wheatley
Premieres Program

-Ghost Dogs: Saturday January 30, 7pm (short film screening before Mass)
A family’s new rescue pup is terrorized by deceased pets in this mind-bending horror.
Director: Joe Cappa (who is from Tulsa, Oklahoma – Joe also designs all labels for American Solera)
Short Films Program

-Mass: Saturday January 30, 7pm
Years after a tragic shooting, the parents of both the victim and the perpetrator meet face-to-face.
Director: Fran Kranz
Premieres Program

-Superior: Saturday January 30, 9pm
On the run, Marian returns to her hometown in upstate New York to hide out with her estranged identical twin sister, Vivian. Struggling to put the past behind her, Marian lies about the reason for her return, leaving her sister in the dark until their two worlds begin to collide.
Director: Erin Vassilopoulos
U.S. Dramatic Competition Program

-Taming the Garden: Sunday January 31, 6pm
Switzerland/Germany/Georgia
Georgian/Mingrelian with English subtitles
A poetic ode to the rivalry between men and nature.
Director: Salomé Jashi
World Cinema Documentary Competition Program

-Together Together: Sunday January 31, 7:40pm
When young loner Anna is hired as the surrogate for Matt, a single man in his 40s, the two strangers come to realize this unexpected relationship will quickly challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries, and the particulars of love.
Director: Nikole Beckwith
U.S. Dramatic Competition Program

-Prime Time: Monday February 1, 3pm
Poland
Polish with English subtitles
On the last day of 1999, 20-year-old Sebastian locks himself in a TV studio. He has two hostages, a gun, and an important message for the world. The story of the attack explores a rebel’s extreme measures and last resort.
Director: Jakub Piątek
World Cinema Dramatic Competition Program

-Life in a Day 2020: Monday February 1, 6pm
English and Spanish / Arabic / German / Japanese / Mongolian / Turkish / Russian / Mandarin / Yakutian / Italian / Portuguese / French / Indonesian with English subtitles
An extraordinary, intimate global portrait of life on our planet, filmed by thousands of people across the world on a single day: July 25, 2020.
Presented by YouTube
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Special Screenings Program

-World Premiere Film to be announced January 12 [strict embargo on information until then – a separate release with details will be sent]: Monday February 1, 8pm

-At the Ready: Tuesday February 2, 6pm
English and Spanish with English subtitles
Students at El Paso’s Horizon High School, home to one of the region’s largest law enforcement education programs, train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents. They discover the realities of their dream jobs may be at odds with the truths and people they hold most dear.
Director: Maisie Crow
U.S. Documentary Competition Program

-Night of the Kings: Tuesday February 2, 7:40pm
French/Dyula with English subtitles
A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison on the Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners.
Director: Philippe Lacôte
Spotlight Program

All screenings will be simultaneous at Circle Cinema and Admiral Twin Drive-In. Programming will be presented as double features at Admiral Twin, and individual films at Circle Cinema. The exception will be Mon Feb 1, with Prime Time screening only at Circle Cinema as a standalone feature. Double feature tickets for Mon Feb 1 will include Life in a Day 2020 and the World Premiere Film. Standalone tickets for just the World Premiere Film will also be available.

Tickets will be available beginning January 7, 2021. Tickets for Admiral Twin will be one ticket per vehicle, $20 Circle Cinema Members and $25 general admission. Tickets for screenings at Circle Cinema will be $10 for Circle Cinema Members, $15 general admission per person. You can learn more about the films selected for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and see the online schedule on the Festival’s film program guide at festival.sundance.org.

Circle Cinema will be revealing additional local programming including films, performances, and panel discussions later this week. All local programming will be free, and available to watch online and in-person at Circle Cinema. For more information including COVID-19 safety protocols, please see Festival.Sundance.org and CircleCinema.org/Sundance