Tulsa’s Circle Cinema Readies for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival
as Screenings Sell Out
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 – With the 2021 Sundance Film Festival scheduled to begin in seven short days, Circle Cinema prepares to welcome the Festival to Tulsa. The Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform and in-person screenings across the country on Satellite Screens. As Oklahoma’s only Satellite Screen, Circle Cinema will present 14 films over six days through in-theatre screenings at Circle Cinema and drive-ins at Admiral Twin.
“Safety is our top priority,” commented Chuck Foxen, Circle Cinema Programmer. “We have been working with experts in event planning to prepare our staff for a choreographed transition between screenings for both people and cars. While our in-person screenings will be limited to 20% of theater capacity and the Admiral Twin limited to 200 cars per screening, we are striving to make sure everyone has a safe, pleasant experience.”
Initial ticket sales show high interest with four in-theatre screenings selling out and remaining seats and drive-in spaces moving fast.
“We expected strong sales based on the pre-Festival reviews,” continued Foxen. “However every film brings an important vision to the screen from diverse filmmakers reflective of all communities, which is why we want to make sure everyone who is interested is able to attend through the equity ticket program.”
Working with various area partner organizations, Circle Cinema will offer a select number of free tickets to each screening of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in Tulsa. The program enables interested parties, who otherwise would be unable to purchase passes to the Festival, to register online for free passes to a specific film/screening. The online registration portal will close Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at noon CT and those selected will be contacted by Circle Cinema directly.
“Circle Cinema operates based on a love of film, all film,” said Clark Wiens, co-founder and current Board President of Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s only not-for-profit movie theater. “With Sundance coming to Tulsa, we have a unique opportunity to foster that love of film throughout our community and so we want to make sure that everyone who wants to attend the Festival has that chance.”
Tickets to all screenings are expected to continue to sell well as this is an extremely rare opportunity to see the Festival from Tulsa’s own independent theaters.
Circle Cinema also announced last week that 100 percent of ticket-sale proceeds from the Sundance Film Festival Tulsa satellite events will be donated to the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.
“We are grateful to be selected as the recipient of proceeds from Circle Cinema’s Sundance screenings,” said Phil Armstrong, project director for the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, “We are grateful, not only for the financial support, but the opportunity for film lovers across the state and world to know about the tragedy that happened here in 1921 and the resilient spirit of our survivors and community 100 years later.”
“Partnering with the Centennial Commission is the right thing to do,” said Wiens. “This year has been tough on us, no doubt; It’s hard to keep a movie theater afloat during an international pandemic. However, 2021 marks an important year of healing for our city and our nation and we want to recognize the important work of the Commission through this donation. I hope the community agrees and sells out all our screenings so our donation can be as large as possible.”
Tickets for the Festival are on sale now at 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.