Filmed in Oklahoma, the June Pictures production “Wildlife” will celebrate its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to be held in Park City, Utah, January 18-28, 2018. The film will compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category, and is one of 110 feature films to be selected for the prestigious event that annually sees thousands of the film industry’s top professionals in attendance.
“Wildlife” marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) who assembled an all-star cast for the film, including Academy Award® nominees Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”) and Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) alongside Ed Oxenbould (“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) and Bill Camp (“The Night Of”).
Based on the novel by Richard Ford, the film tells the story of a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage after their move to Montana. “Wildlife” was adapted for the screen by Dano alongside actress Zoe Kazan with Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker serving as producers.
Though set in Montana, the film was primarily shot in Enid, Oklahoma, and the surrounding region late last year, and utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO).
“We wish to congratulate the cast and crew of ‘Wildlife’ on this honor,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We’re grateful this film will further promote our industry, diverse locations and film-friendly communities at Sundance. This worldwide exposure is added value to the positive impact the production has already had on our state’s local economies as evidenced by our community partners in Enid and the surrounding region.”
“As our state is experiencing an economic downturn in the energy industry, this added revenue is appreciated in a city like Enid where energy and agriculture are the top two industries,” said Marcy Jarrett, Director of Visit Enid, regarding the positive impact of the film’s production in Enid. “During the times these film crews are filming in town due to the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, sales tax revenues increase thanks to added room nights at our hotels, additional meals eaten in our restaurants and shopping done at our local merchants.”
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.