Blankets of snow, celebrity and cinema. That’s what usually comes to mind when thinking about the Sundance Film Festival. The annual event has been on many a bucket list. But now, thanks to Circle Cinema, you can experience the same magic right here in Tulsa.
For the first time in the festival’s existence since 1978, Sundance will be coming to Tulsa. Because of the unusual circumstances of this year’s events, the Sundance Institute has announced it’s bringing its prestigious six-day festival to 20 cinemas across the United States and Circle Cinema will be one of the satellites hosting America’s largest independent film festival.
Twelve films will screen alongside programming from local directors and artists from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 at Circle Cinema as well as partner venues such as The Admiral Twin, Gilcrease Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art and the University of Tulsa. The plethora of locations allows more seats per screening while still maintaining CDC guidelines for safety. Masks will be required at all times. Panel discussions, filmmaker Q and As will take place outdoors either drive-in style or with open-air distanced seating.
“This will be an opportunity for Oklahoma to see award-winning movies before anyone else, with the added enrichment of filmmaker and panel discussions,” says Chuck Foxen, Circle Cinema Programmer.
“Sundance Film Festival is the beacon of what’s coming next in the world of film,” says Abby Kurin, Executive Director of Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture. You may recognize some of the movies debuted at Sundance: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Reservoir Dogs” just to name a few.
Circle Cinema members have first access to an exclusive presale on Jan. 4. Tickets will be available to the public beginning Jan. 7. For more information, visit Circle Cinema at CircleCinema.org.