Uncle Zeb/'Cole Justice'


The second annual Circle Cinema Film Festival celebrates the theater’s 91st birthday with multiple days of Oklahoma-made movies, filmmaker Q-and-A events and more.


Events continue Friday, July 11, through Monday, July 15, with tickets on sale at circlecinema.org and at the box office, 10 S. Lewis Ave.

Friday, July 12

7 p.m. — ”Bluebird”: Documentary about Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, 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.

Saturday, July 13

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.

Noon — Student Films: A free showcase of local high school and college student-made films.

Noon to 8 p.m. — “Hanson 360” is a free virtual reality experience from Tulsa production company Steelehouse Productions

1 p.m. — “Oklahoma Short Films”: The world premiere of Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s new documentary, “Terlton,” and two others, with Q-and-A.

2:30 p.m. — “All We Have is Now”: This filmed-in-Tulsa drama about young people and their relations includes Q-and-A with Josh Downing, the writer-director-producer from Tulsa.

4:30 p.m. — “Juice: How Electricity Explains the World”: Tulsan Robert Bryce, the film’s writer, will screen and talk about his documentary telling the human story of electricity for those who have it and those who do not.

5 p.m. — “To the Stars” is a movie set in 1960s Oklahoma and shot in the state, starring Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Liana Liberato (“If I Stay”) and telling the story of two young women and their relationship.

7 p.m. — “Words From a Bear”: Documentary about Oklahoma’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist N. Scott Momaday.

8 p.m. — “Arrows of Outrageous Fortune”: A screening of a 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” and a 35mm print of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.”

Sunday, July 14

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 discovering her identity.

Noon — Student Films: A free showcase of local high school and college student-made films.

2:30 p.m. — “American Heretics: Politics of the Gospel”: Documentary in which local ministers Carlton Pearson and Marlin Lavanhar are featured, screens with a Q-and-A afterward.

6 p.m. — ”Masked and Anonymous” Evening with Larry Charles: Legendary comedy writer-director Larry Charles will take part in a conversation with writer Robert Polito after this film, co-written by Charles with Bob Dylan.

Monday, July 15

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 and Mayor G.T. Bynum 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).


“Wild Rose”: This tale of a Scottish woman/ex-con attempting to reach her country-music-singing dream features a breakout performance by newcomer Jessie Buckley, an Irish singer-actress.

“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: Set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, this is part of the Circle’s annual partnership with the Tulsa City-County Library/Summer Reading Program, with the film free for children, as are popcorn snacks and books related to the movie.


“Easy Rider”: The 1969 counter-culture smash blows out 50 candles, man, with screenings set for 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, and 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Cinemark Tulsa.

“Between Me and My Mind”: In this music documentary, Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio gets ready for the band’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at AMC Southroads 20 and Cinemark Tulsa.

Metropolitan Opera on the big screen: Experience the Metropolitan Opera’s series “The Met: Live in HD” with encore live performances of “Aida” at 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Cinemark Tulsa.

Michael Smith



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Michael writes movie reviews and features, interviews Oklahoma performers and covers entertainment events for the Scene and Weekend sections of the Tulsa World. Phone: 918-581-8479