CIRCLE CINEMA ANNOUNCES LOCAL ‘BEYOND FILM’ PROGRAMMING AS PART OF THE 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL IN TULSA
2021 Sundance Film Festival presented nationally by Acura, SundanceTV, Chase Sapphire, & Adobe
2021 Sundance Film Festival presented in Tulsa by the Cherokee Nation Film Office and FC Tulsa

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – As previously announced, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform and in-person screenings across the country on Satellite Screens. As the official Satellite Screen for the Festival in Tulsa, Circle Cinema will supplement Festival programming with local ‘Beyond Film’ events.

Through short film screenings, music performances, and panel discussions, Circle Cinema’s Beyond Film offerings will be uniquely Oklahoman in collaboration with local filmmakers, artists, and musicians. These events will showcase incredible works with a focus on providing a platform for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ creatives.

All Beyond Film events will be free to watch and attend. At the listed showtime, the events will stream online through Youtube.com/CircleCinema, Facebook.com/CircleCinema, and be shown in-theatre at Circle Cinema. Following the premieres, each event will remain free to watch on-demand for the duration of the Festival.

More details about the events may be found at CircleCinema.org/Sundance and Village.Festival.Sundance.Org.

Beyond Film Events and Schedule:
Representation Matters: Indigenous Actors and the Importance of Having a Seat at the Table – Fri Jan 29, 6pm – panel discussion
Presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office. Native and Indigenous actors come together to discuss the extremely important subject of accurate portrayal of Indigenous characters in film and TV. This genuine and honest conversation highlights the significance of representation in the industry and the work to shatter stereotypes.
Panelists: Michael Greyeyes, Jenna Clause, Zahn McClarnon, Kimberly Guerrero, Morningstar Angeline
Moderator: Angelique Midthunder

Coffee with Casii Music Lounge – Sat Jan 30, 9:30am & 2:20pm, and Sun Jan 31, 11am – performances and interviews
Circle Cinema partners with Coffee with Casii to provide a music lounge and filmmaker conversation to experience Tulsa’s rich film and music talent. Coffee with Casii is a weekly livestream morning show that singer-songwriter, Casii Stephan and her manager, Amira Al-Jiboori created to form a connection with people during the pandemic. Their show evolved to a music morning show with a “special guest” segment for connecting with other artists, filmmakers, musicians, business owners, activists, etc to help share their stories. During this music lounge and conversation experience, Casii will interview local filmmakers, perform songs, and share stories themed to the conversation.
Guests will include: Joe Cappa (director and animator of Ghost Dogs, 2021 Sundance Official Selection). He will be promoting the live screening event at Admiral Twin Drive-In on January 30th, as well as their cross-promotion with local brewery American Solera and their Ghost Dogs IPA and Worman’s Premium Lager. Crystal Kayiza (2018 Sundance Ignite Fellowship recipient, director of Edgecombe and See You Next Time, which were Official Selections of the 2019 & 2020 Sundance Film Festivals respectively), and the creative team behind the upcoming documentary and hip-hop album about Greenwood and the Tulsa Race Massacre Fire in Little Africa.

The Church Studio: From the Chamber – Sat Jan 30, 11am – panel discussion
The Church Studio presents From the Chamber, a discussion featuring the innovative team behind the making of the upcoming mini-documentary, Mural of Space and Time, The Collision of 3 Masters. The film honors the ultimate Master of Space and Time, Tulsa’s own Grammy-award winning artist, producer, singer and songwriter: the late Leon Russell.
Panelists: Teresa Knox (Executive Producer), Patrick “p.s” Gordon (renowned oil-on-canvas artist), and members of the music, creative and technical crew behind the film.

Native Storytelling – Sat Jan 30, 12:30pm – panel discussion
Oklahoma alumni of Sundance Institute Fellowship programs come together for a panel on Native Storytelling. Filmmakers Suzanne Kite, Blackhorse Lowe, Erica Tremblay, Kyle Bell, Sterlin Harjo, and Jeffrey Palmer will discuss the impact and importance of Indigenous voices in cinema. Featuring clips from Little Chief (2020 short directed by Erica Tremblay), Shimásáni (2009 short directed by Blackhorse Lowe), Defend the Sacred (2017 short directed by Kyle Bell), Pahá kiŋ lená wakháŋ (2019 performance by Suzanne Kite), and Isabelle’s Garden (2015 short directed by Jeffrey Palmer).
Panelists: Suzanne Kite, Blackhorse Lowe, Erica Tremblay, Kyle Bell, Sterlin Harjo, and Jeffrey Palmer

Representation Matters: Indigenous Filmmakers and the Importance of Authentic Voices – Sat Jan 30, 4pm – panel discussion
Presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office. In this thought-provoking and inspiring discussion, Indigenous filmmakers discuss the importance of inclusion and representation in the industry, along with the immense responsibility to their community of ensuring Indigenous stories are told with authenticity.
Panelists: Billy Luther, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Jeremy Charles, Kyle Bell
Moderator: William Garroutte

Welcome to Tulsa / Confronting Our Past, Embracing Our Future – Sun Jan 31, 12:30pm – film and panel discussion
In partnership with the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, and Culture. While 2021 marks the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the Tulsans of today see this as a starting place, not a finish line. This event will explore how the spirit of Greenwood continues today and is guiding its renaissance through a screening of the new documentary short Welcome to Tulsa followed by a panel discussion.
Welcome to Tulsa synopsis: Tulsa, Oklahoma’s rich history, unknown to many, is filled with both triumph and tragedy. See the emotional story of Tulsa’s Race Massacre, culminating with its centennial commemoration in 2021, and how the city is now rising on an international stage with a thriving cultural scene. Directed by Trey Thaxton.
Panelists: Trey Thaxton (Welcome to Tulsa director, Owner of Goldmill Co.), Venita Cooper (Owner of Silhouette Sneakers and Art, Greenwood Main Street Board Member), Phil Armstrong (Project Director for Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission)
Moderator: Brandon Oldham (George Kaiser Family Foundation Officer on the Vibrant and Inclusive Tulsa team)

Her Flag – Sun Jan 31, 2:20pm – film and panel discussion
Her Flag is a documentary chronicling the passing of the 19th Amendment, which kicked the door open for women’s right to vote. Her Flag follows artist, activist, and Oklahoman Marilyn Artus as she uncovers the stories behind the Amendment. The film is followed by a panel discussion.
Panelists: Marilyn Artus, Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice and artists Nicole LaRue and Higgins Bond
Moderator: Jessica Wolfson (producer of Her Flag).

Queering Cinema in Oklahoma – Sun Jan 31, 4pm – panel discussion
A panel discussion featuring Oklahoma filmmakers that reflects on the evolution of Queer cinema and how these films affect the communities that they represent.
Panelists: Laron Chapman (Writer/Director), Yousef Kazemi (Writer/Director), Alexandra Nicole (Writer/Director), Lance McDaniel (Filmmaker), Veronika Payton (Writer/Producer/Director/Composer)
Moderator: Russ Kirkpatrick (Film Producer)

Oklahoma: The Film Industry’s New “It State” – Tue Feb 2, 4pm – panel discussion
Oklahoma is quickly becoming one of the most desirable places for film and TV production. In this conversation industry leaders from across the state come together to highlight what makes Oklahoma so attractive and the surge of productions coming to shoot here.
Panelists: Tava Sofsky (Director Oklahoma Film + Music Office), Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr (Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation), Abby Kurin (Executive Director, Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture), Richard Janes (Oklahoma Film and Television Academy), Blake Pickens (Co-Producer of Wild Indian), Cassidy Lunnen (Producer), Dylan Brodie (Producer/Production Manager)
Moderator: Jennifer Loren, Director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office & Original Content

Tickets for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival feature films are on sale now at CircleCinema.org/Sundance or in-person at the Circle Cinema box office (10 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa OK 74104).

For a full schedule of Festival films, COVID-19 safety protocols, and more, visit CircleCinema.org/Sundance.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival is presented nationally by Acura, Sundance TV, Chase Sapphire, and Adobe.
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival at Circle Cinema is presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office and FC Tulsa.