The second annual Circle Cinema Film Festival will be held July 11-15, bringing more Oklahoma movies and moviemakers to the theater to honor the state’s cinematic arts.

A celebration of Oklahoma movie producer Gray Frederickson, the world premiere of a documentary about the 1985 Tertlon fireworks plant disaster and comedy writer-director Larry Charles on hand to screen his Bob Dylan movie are among festival highlights.

More details will come as exact dates and times for events are still being settled and more events are being planned, festival officials said.

Tickets are not yet on sale for the festival, which coincides with the 91st anniversary of the theater’s opening on July 15, 1928, at 10 S. Lewis Ave.

Among the events planned for this showcase of original film, music and art experiences, with diverse films and special guests appearing, are:

Gray Frederickson: The Oklahoma-born movie producer, best-known for his films with Francis Ford Coppola including “The Godfather, Part II” (for which Frederickson won an Oscar), “Apocalypse Now” and “The Outsiders,” will attend for a special screening and will be honored with a Circle Cinema Walk of Fame medallion on the theater’s sidewalk.

“Terlton”: The world premiere of Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s new documentary, about the small Pawnee County town and the 1985 fireworks plant explosion that killed 21 people — the state’s most deadly disaster of the 1980s — will be screened.

“Masked and Anonymous”: 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 speak to the audience.

“Words From a Bear”: This documentary about Oklahoma’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist N. Scott Momaday will include the filmmakers on hand for a Q-and-A.

“Cole Justice”: A 30th-anniversary screening of this indie film, shot in Tulsa by and starring Carl Bartholomew (better known to Tulsans as TV’s Uncle Zeb) is scheduled, with a posthumous honor of him with a medallion on the theater’s Walk of Fame.

“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 with director Brian A. Loschiavo afterward.

“Okies in Silent Film”: A curated retrospective of Oklahomans who appeared in silent movies, featuring live accompaniment on the Circle’s theater pipe organ and hosted by Joseph Rivers.

“Lindy Waters III”: This documentary about the Oklahoma State University basketball player will screen, with Tulsa filmmaker Kyle Bell and a special guest in attendance.

“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.

“Juice: How Electricity Explains the World”: Tulsa filmmaker Robert Bryce is on hand for a Q-and-A following a screening of his documentary.

“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.

Other Circle Cinema Film Festival events include the theater’s annual slumber-party movie marathon, more films with Q-and-A events and music events.

Sponsors include Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, among others.

Michael Smith


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