Circle Cinema Film Festival Returns with Oklahoma Premiere of “To the Stars”

After last year’s inaugural festival, which recognized the 90th anniversary of the historic Tulsa venue, the Circle Cinema Film Festival returns July 11-15, 2019 for its second year with a selection of curated works and special events honoring Oklahoma’s film industry and cinematic artists.

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to sponsor the festival, which will host the Oklahoma premiere of the feature film “To the Stars”. Produced in Oklahoma last year utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, “To the Stars” is set in 1960’s Oklahoma and centers on the powerful friendship forged between a shy farmer’s daughter and the reckless new girl in town. This independent coming-of-age story celebrated its world-premiere earlier this year at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Liana Liberato (“The Best of Me”), two-time Emmy Award-winner Tony Hale (HBO’s “Veep”), Malin Akerman (“Watchmen”) and Shea Whigham (“Take Shelter”), among others. OF+MO will moderate a Q+A after the film’s screening, which begins at 5:00pm on Saturday, July 13.

Among the festival’s many notable events include the world-premiere of Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s new documentary “Terlton” as well as a celebration of Oklahoma film producer Gray Frederickson (“Apocalypse Now”) who will be recognized with a Circle Cinema Walk of Fame medallion on the theatre’s sidewalk at a commemorative screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders”, which was filmed in Tulsa. Steelehouse Productions, a production company based in Tulsa, will also present a free virtual reality experience called “Hanson 360”, which will allow audiences to step into the private recording studio as rock trio Hanson craft a not-yet-released new song.

“Circle Cinema has been a pillar of Tulsa’s independent film community as well the entire state, and we are incredibly proud to sponsor the festival this year,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “It’s incredibly special to have a festival recognize Oklahoma film and filmmakers throughout the entirety of its programming and we’re so proud to recognize the work of these artists at the festival.”

For a complete schedule of events, ticketing information and more, please visit circlecinema.org.

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About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.

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