The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to be a returning sponsor of the fourth annual Tulsa American Film Festival (TAFF) taking place October 10-14, 2018. This year’s festival will recognize the work of independent cinema with special focuses on Latino American, Native American and Oklahoma-based filmmakers. Additionally, TAFF has curated a roster of regionally-relevant classic films that will be presented alongside a number of panels, discussions, parties and industry-related events throughout the five-day festival.
As a sponsor of the festival, OF+MO will host a networking discussion titled “Press Play” in which guests are invited to mingle with fellow filmmakers and learn more about Oklahoma’s film incentives. The event will begin with a reception featuring complimentary refreshments followed by a discussion featuring representatives from OF+MO alongside local filmmakers who have utilized or benefitted from the economic impact of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program within the state’s film industry.
“The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program provides Oklahoma studios with the budgetary firepower needed to compete globally,” said Paul Constable, Production Manager of Tulsa-based production company Steelehouse. “Now, Oklahoma creative talent has the opportunity to share its unique abilities and voice with the world. That financial edge is proving to be the tipping point we’ve all been hoping for.”
Constable will be a featured guest at the networking discussion, representing Steelehouse whose latest animation project is using the state’s rebate program. “Press Play” will also showcase industry member Krista Perry, owner of Tulsa Bridal Beauty. Perry is a licensed makeup artist and hair stylist whose recent film credits include rebate clients such as “The Chickasaw Rancher”, “The Jurassic Games” and “The Mustard Seed”, which just wrapped production in Oklahoma earlier this month.
“Oklahoma’s film rebate has provided a great opportunity for me to work in the hair and makeup department on many diverse films in Oklahoma due to the benefits of the program,” said Perry. “These projects have allowed me to hone my craft and expand my skills as well as learn new techniques from other markets, which I’ve been able to bring back to Oklahoma to help further grow our community in the process.”
“Press Play” will take place at Tulsa’s historic Circle Cinema on Friday, October 12, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the networking discussion at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
For the film festival’s weekend schedule, including screenings and ticket links, please visit tulsaamericanfilmfest.com.
About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) 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.