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Cinematically Spooky

At Home Sometimes unexpected films become a cultural tour de force. Though long respected among cinephiles, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho crashed the American mainstream with an unlikely film: his spiky black comic masterpiece Parasite. Detailing class warfare through the interactions between a fabulously wealthy family and their opposites, a poor but clever family who find ways to ingratiate themselves...

Feel the Thunder(bird)

After nearly two decades in Hollywood as an actor and producer, Oklahoman Randy Wayne felt not only the tug of his state’s roots, but the frustrations that come with living in fast-paced Los Angeles. So, in 2019, Wayne and his partner, Talia Bella, brought their skills to Oklahoma to launch a new production venture: Thunderbird Films. The production company was...

Panning Oklahoma’s Film Landscape

Oklahoma on Film If there’s one popular concept that people from other states have learned about Oklahoma, it’s that the wind comes sweeping down our plains. Even though the cinematic version of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona, the movies that are shot entirely or primarily here often reinforce a wide-open image of Oklahoma, where...

Neighborhood Influences

In Tulsa, not all that far from his old Maple Ridge neighborhood, writer and producer Micah Fitzerman-Blue is having a beautiful day. Along with hundreds of other adults and kids, he and his family members are experiencing first-hand what USA Today has called the “best new attraction” in the nation – Gathering Place. “I’ve never seen anything like this in...

Funneling the Weird

Around Town My credo now approves of any film festival with the category “The Strange Batch” to cover what it describes as “wonderfully weird shorts.” This decision came after looking at the lineup of the Twister Alley Film Festival, happening May 2-4 at the Woodward Arts Theater. That listing is just one indication of the festival’s offbeat sensibilities. With other...