The Circle Cinema Film Festival returns in July for its second year, just in time to blow out the candles on the historic theater’s 91st birthday.
There will be world premieres, an “Outsiders”-themed after-party, a Hanson virtual-reality experience and even cake to be served July 15, the cinema’s opening date in 1928.
“Last year, we really wanted to mark our 90th birthday, creating the festival around that celebration, and we went big getting our local celebrities in to help us celebrate,” said Stephanie LaFevers, executive director of Circle Cinema Foundation.
“This year, the lineup is more like what you might expect from a more traditional film festival.”
That means a large collection of movies about Oklahomans and made by Oklahomans, who will interact with audiences in Q-and-A sessions during the five-day festival.
“When looking at films and filmmakers to include, we looked for Oklahoma connections. That’s important to us because we’re a historic hometown theater, not part of a big chain, and we know there are a lot of exciting things going on in Oklahoma with film,” LaFevers said.
“We have a rich history in movies, and we want to show that off.”
Tickets for all events are on sale at circlecinema.org and at the box office, 10 S. Lewis Ave. Tickets to each event are $12, with the exception of the slumber-party event and those noted as free events. All-access passes are available for $175.
Sponsors of the Circle Cinema Film Festival include Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, among others.
The following is the lineup for the Circle Cinema Film Festival, which kicks off July 11.
Noon — Have lunch with and meet the filmmaker of “Edgecombe,” a documentary short made by Crystal Kayiza, who won an Emmy Award in 2012 as a student for a film she made in teacher Clifton Raphael’s Jenks High School filmmaking class (which will also be shown). Her new short film is a portrait of North Carolina’s impoverished rural Edgecombe County. A Q-and-A with Kayiza, moderated by Raphael, will take place after the film, and a Kitchen 66 box lunch will be provided.
7 p.m. — ”Red Dog”: This new documentary looks at the 1980s experience of a boy growing up around the atmosphere of the notorious Oklahoma City strip joint. A Q-and-A with filmmaker/Nashville songwriter Luke Dick will follow the film. In addition, Dick’s band Republican Hair will perform at an after party beginning about 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at nearby Bar 473.
7:30 p.m. — ”The Outsiders”: A screening of the Tulsa-shot film favorite will be preceded by Oklahoma native film producer Gray Frederickson (an Oscar-winner for “The Godfather, Part II”) being honored with a Walk of Fame medallion and by him introducing his film, “The Outsiders.”
9:30 p.m. — ”Outsiders”-themed after party: This party begins about 9:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Hotel featuring 1960s to ’80s music playing and Outsiders House Museum founder Danny Boy O’Connor in attendance for this event with snacks, cash bar and special guests.
7 p.m. — ”Bluebird”: This new documentary about Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, where people like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift got early starts, screens, with a Q-and-A following with Bluebird Cafe general manager Erika Wollam and director Brian A. Loschiavo.
9:30 p.m. — ”Kids”: Director and Tulsa native Larry Clark’s disturbing 1995 drama about New York City teens screens.
11 a.m. — “Okies in Silent Film”: A free curated retrospective of six Oklahomans who appeared in silent movies, featuring live accompaniment on the Circle’s theater pipe organ and hosted by Joseph Rivers, professor of film and music studies at the University of Tulsa.
Noon — Student Films Program A: A free showcase of local high school and college student-made films are screened. There will be a chance to interact with the young filmmakers following the screening.
Noon to 8 p.m. — “Hanson 360” is a free virtual reality experience from Tulsa production company Steelehouse Productions. This experience, located in the Circle’s gallery, “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” a not-yet-released single, “Compromise.”
1 p.m. — “Oklahoma Short Films”: The world premiere of Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s new documentary, “Terlton,” about the small Pawnee County town and the 1985 fireworks plant explosion that killed 21 people, will be screened, and there will be a Q-and-A with Harjo. Also screening is “The Third,” a documentary about Oklahoma State basketball player Lindy Waters III, who will take part in a Q-and-A with Tulsa filmmaker Kyle Bell. Also: “The Stand-in,” Yousef Kazemi’s story of a wedding disrupted when a mother refuses to attend.
2:30 p.m. — “All We Have is Now”: This filmed-in-Tulsa drama is set on a weekend that “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.” A Q-and-A with Josh Downing, the film’s writer-director-producer, will follow the film.
4:30 p.m. — “Juice: How Electricity Explains the World”: Tulsan Robert Bryce, the film’s writer, and writer-director Tyson Culver will be on hand for a Q-and-A following a screening of their documentary about the world’s “defining inequality” after interviewing more than 50 people from five continents to tell the human story of electricity and those who have it and those who do not.
5 p.m. — “To the Stars” is a movie set in Oklahoma that was shot in the state, starring Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Liana Liberato (“If I Stay”). A Q-and-A will follow the movie, which has this synopsis: “Under small-town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.”
7 p.m. — “Words From a Bear”: This documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival about Oklahoma’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist N. Scott Momaday will include a Q-and-A moderated by Teresa Miller.
8 p.m. — “Arrows of Outrageous Fortune”: A screening of the new comedy from Mickey Reece, one of the state’s busiest filmed-in-Oklahoma moviemakers, with Reece on hand for a Q-and-A.
10 p.m. — “Slumber Party X”: The theater’s annual all-night horror movie scare-a-thon, featuring “Friday the 13th, Part 3” (in 3-D), “Tourist Trap,” “Nightbreed,” "Stage Fright" and a 35mm print of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.” Tickets are $30.
Noon — “Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You”: This new documentary from filmmaker Harrod Blank (son of documentary legend Les Blank) is about “a trans woman named Rusty (who) pursues her new identity while hoping to gain acceptance from others.” A Q-and-A with Blank will follow.
Noon — Student Films Program B: A free showcase of local high school and college student-made films are screened. There will be a chance to interact with the young filmmakers following the screening.
2:30 p.m. — “American Heretics: Politics of the Gospel”: This new documentary, in which local ministers Carlton Pearson and Marlin Lavanhar are featured, screens with a Q-and-A afterward with filmmakers Jeanine Butler and Catherine Butler.
6 p.m. — ”Masked and Anonymous” Evening with Larry Charles: The 2003 film co-written by Bob Dylan and Larry Charles will screen in conjunction with the Bob Dylan Center, and Charles — a writer on “Seinfeld” and the director of multiple Sacha Baron Cohen films — will take part in a conversation with writer Robert Polito after the movie.
6-7 p.m. — Circle Cinema 91st birthday celebration: Admission is free for this reception with birthday cake and Tulsa leading lady Peggy Dow Helmerich in attendance.
7 p.m. — “Cole Justice”: A free 30th-anniversary screening of this indie film, shot in Tulsa by and starring Carl Bartholomew (better known to Tulsans as TV’s Uncle Zeb). Also scheduled is a posthumous honor of him with a medallion on the theater’s Walk of Fame. A Q-and-A will follow the movie with actors from the film, members of the Bartholomew family and his KTUL co-workers.