OKCThunder Films releases trailer for COVID documentary and 6 more Oklahoma film headlines
OKCThunder Films releases trailer for COVID documentary
Check out the newly released trailer for OKCThunder Films' new short documentary "Pause the Game," released on the one-year anniversary of the fateful March 11, 2020, game that didn't happen between Thunder and the Utah Jazz.
As The Oklahoman's OKC Thunder writer Joe Mussatto outlines in his incredible oral history, what was supposed to be a pivotal home game for the Thunder was scrapped just after it was due to tip-off after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. It led to the NBA shutting down the season and virtually the entire country following suit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Pause the Game" will debut in June at Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival, continuing the Thunder's longstanding partnership with the state's largest film festival. The 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival is set for June 10-20, and virtual passes are now available at www.deadcenterfilm.org.
Also, the festival has issued a call for artists to create the 2021 deadCenter awards for winners in the 18 categories this year, including the new indigenous short film award. The call for artist portfolio submissions will close on March 23. For information, go to www.deadcenterfilm.org/call-for-artist.
See the acclaimed documentary 'Museum Town' in a free virtual screening
In other deadCenter news, the festival is offering a free virtual screening of the 2019 documentary "Museum Town" as part of its year-round "Continuum" programming.
The screening is part of Filmography, a partnership between deadCenter Film, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Film Society.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the documentary is about MASS MoCA, the largest museum for contemporary art in the world, it’s beginnings, the small town it calls home and the way the museum transformed a desolate, post-industrial city.
To watch it, go to watch.eventive.org/deadcentercontinuum.
Eddie Sutton documentary 'Eddie' released digitally via Lionsgate
"Eddie," the emotionally resonant documentary about the late, great Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton, is newly available this week to rent or own on several digital media platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, DirecTV, Dish Network, Cox and more.
Lionsgate Entertainment earlier this year acquired the distribution rights for the feature-length documentary, which premiered last summer on ESPN.
“We knew both the power of Eddie Sutton’s story and Christopher Hunt’s ability to tell it. The finished product, however, goes beyond our wildest expectations. If there is any doubt as to how extraordinary 'Eddie' is, one needs to look no further than the fact that it was not only picked up by Disney and aired on ESPN, but also secured national distribution from Lionsgate Entertainment. The reputation of those brands within the industry are unmatched and their association with the film speaks volumes as to its quality," said Executive Producer, Chad R. Reineke, in a statement, adding that his company, Takashi Entertainment, was honored to be involved in the film.
Billed as the definitive documentary about the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, "Eddie" features extensive archival footage of Sutton's legendary life and career, as well as interviews with his family, Bill Self, Rex Chapman, Sidney Moncrief, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, former President Bill Clinton and more.
“This film is a major accomplishment for 1577 Productions and contributes to the growing momentum of Oklahoma filmmakers. Many Oklahoma filmmakers were involved in this film, including producer Wendy Garrett of Tulsa. We set out to prove that films can be born, financed, produced, and distributed by Oklahoma talent, and we’ve succeeded,” said Dave Tester, president of 1577 Productions, in a statement.
"Eddie" is from Oklahoma filmmakers Christopher Hunt and David Tester, who won Best Oklahoma Short Film at Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival in 2015 and 2017.
“When we began to make this movie, I think we all thought that 'Eddie' was a story that a national audience would enjoy. Now, with the help of Lionsgate, this film will get the audience it deserves, and our team couldn’t be more excited,” said Hunt in a statement. “Coach Sutton is one of college basketball’s giants, and with this film, I hope that his story continues to reach audiences both young and old for years to come.”
For more information on the film, go to www.facebook.com/eddiesuttonfilm.
Stillwater's Red Dirt Film Festival launches 2021 edition
Stillwater's eighth annual Red Dirt International Film Festival is set for Friday-Sunday is primarily going virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The independent film festival will screen virtually more than 130 titles and offer just a few in-person socially distanced events. This year’s headlining festival guest is screenwriter James V. Hart, whose credits include Steven Spielberg’s "Hook" (1991), Francis Ford Coppola’s "Bram Stoker’s Dracula" (1992) and "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996),
For tickets and information, go to tinyurl.com/RedDirtFilmTickets2021.
'Minari' and 'Mank' earn more nominations
The Oklahoma-made movie "Minari" continues to gain more nominations and momentum.
After winning two Critics' Choice Awards Sunday, the family drama, which was filmed in Tulsa in 2019, earned a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for writer-helmer Lee Isaac Chung. The 73rd annual DGA Awards will reveal its winners in an April 10 virtual event.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts also announced its BAFTA nominations this week, with "Minari" receiving six nods: Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Director for Chung, Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-jung Youn, Best Supporting Actor for Alan S. Kim, Best Original Score for Emile Mosseri and Best Casting for Julia Kim. The BAFTA Awards will take place virtually on April 11.
Plus, the Producers Guild of America announced its PGA Awards nominations this week, with "Minari's" Christina Oh garnering a nod for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. The PGA winners will be announced at a March 24 virtual ceremony.
David Fincher's black-and-white Hollywood story "Mank," written by his father, former Tulsan the late Jack Fincher, also received DGA, BAFTA and PGA nominations this week, including a posthumous BAFTA nod for Jack Fincher in the Best Screenplay (Original) category.
The cinematic awards season will get even more interesting as Oscar nominations are unveiled Monday. The 93rd annual Academy Awards are scheduled to air live on ABC on April 25.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ink first-look deal with Apple
Duncan native Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has inked a multi-year, first-look deal to create scripted features exclusively for Apple, Variety reports.
Imagine has a proven track record with previous films including Howard's 2001 Oscar best picture winner “A Beautiful Mind"; his recent “Hillbilly Elegy,” for which Glenn Close received a Golden Globe nomination; and hits like "Apollo 13," "American Gangster" and “The Da Vinci Code."
The company's current projects include Howard's forthcoming fact-based drama "Thirteen Lives," about the real-life story of the cave rescue in Thailand, starring Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming adaptation of the musical drama “Tick, Tick…Boom,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens and Bradley Whitford; and "Precious" helmer Lee Daniels’ remake of “Terms of Endearment."
Apple's expanding cinematic slate includes Martin Scorsese's upcoming big-budget adaptation of "Killers of the Flower Moon," which is set to begin filming in Oklahoma this spring.
'Killers of the Flower Moon' adds indigenous actresses
The cast for Martin Scorsese's upcoming Oklahoma movie "Killers of the Flower Moon" is continuing to grow, as Collider announces that indigenous actresses Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion have been added to the highly anticipated big-budget adaptation of David Grann's true crime novel.
"Killers of the Flower Moon" is based on the acclaimed true-crime novel of the same name by David Grann, the best-selling author of "The Lost City of Z" and "The White Darkness." “Killers of the Flower Moon” chronicles the mysterious murders of Osage Nation citizens in 1920s Oklahoma, after the oil boom made them rich. The brutal killings became known as the "Reign of Terror" and the center of a major FBI investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.
As previously reported, Jesse Plemons, a Primetime Emmy Award nominee for "Fargo" and "Black Mirror," will star in the lead role that was originally to have been played by DiCaprio before the Oscar winner shifted to secondary lead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fresh off playing an FBI agent in another fact-based movie, the Oscar buzzy "Judas and the Black Messiah," Plemons will play Tom White, the lead FBI agent investigating the murders in "Killers of the Flower Moon."
Native American actress Lily Gladstone ("First Cow," Showtime's "Billions"), who is Blackfeet and Nez Perce, will play the role of Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman married to Ernest Burkhart, who is nephew of a powerful local rancher. Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio will play Burkhart and acting icon Robert De Niro will portray his uncle, the iron-fisted rancher, in “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
"I think it's so great that they're going to be filming here, that they've had auditions for the Osage and for other Native American actors to be a part of it," Grann told me in a 2020 interview in Oklahoma City.
"When I wrote the book, part of it was to hopefully make sure that this history is part of our consciousness. Because for so many people — and I include myself — we had essentially excised this very important history."