IFC Films, in association with June Pictures, Nine Stories and Sight Unseen Productions, announces the U.S. theatrical release of the film “Wildlife” in select theatres across the country beginning October 19, 2018.
“Wildlife” was predominantly filmed in Oklahoma utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO). The production began photography on November 6, 2016, with the City of Enid serving as the film’s major hub throughout filming. Additional communities impacted by filming on-location include Wakita, Ponca City, Hennessey and Osage County. The production of “Wildlife” created nearly 300 local jobs with over $2 million spent in Oklahoma directly impacting the state’s economy.
“As our state is experiencing an economic downtown 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. “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.”
The directorial debut of actor Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”), “Wildlife” tells the story of a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage. The film is based on the novel by Richard Ford, and boasts an all-star cast 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”). The film celebrated its world-premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and has since garnered positive praises on the film festival circuit with additional presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Cannes Film Festival.
Oklahomans will have the opportunity to see “Wildlife” in local theatres beginning on November 9, 2018, when the film opens in select theatres with confirmed screenings scheduled for Oklahoma City’s new independent movie house Rodeo Cinema as well as its counterpart, the historic Circle Cinema in Tulsa.
For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, visit the Incentives Page.
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.