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2021 Sundance Film Festival coming to Tulsa's Circle Cinema

Circle Cinema
Posted at 9:36 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:20:49-05

TULSA, Okla.  — The Sundance Film Festival is coming to Tulsa's Circle Cinema!

The annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute is going to be held virtually at drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships.

In a news release, the nonprofit theater announced it's the official Satellite Screen for the festival in Tulsa, and will serve as the only venue in several surrounding states.

Twelve festival films will screen alongside programming from local directors and artists from Jan, 28 – Feb. 2, 2021.

To be selected as the only Satellite Screen in Oklahoma is a tremendous honor, and a testament to Tulsa’s status as a national arts destination. Circle Cinema is proud to be a part of this community as an independent, non-profit, art house theatre. We hope the Festival may serve as a return to celebrating film on the big screen, and it must be said that the health of our guests is our top priority. We would not be hosting the Festival if it wasn’t possible to do so safely.
Clark Wiens, Circle Cinema co-founder and board president

The films will show at partner venues throughout Tulsa, including Admiral Twin Drive-In. Other potential locations include Gilcrease Museum, OSU-Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art, and University of Tulsa. This will allow for more seats per screening and help maintain social distancing.

During the festival, masks will be mandatory at all times. In addition, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, and other events related to the festival will take place outdoors either drive-in style or with open-air distanced seating, the release said.

“Sundance Film Festival is the beacon of what’s coming next in the world of film," said Abby Kurin, Executive Director of Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, & Culture. "To have the opportunity to host the festival in Tulsa with Circle Cinema is perfectly timed to Tulsa’s rise in the film industry. The film community sees that Tulsa is an ideal location for film projects. Minari, for example, shot here on location last year and was selected for the Sundance Audience Favorite and Best Dramatic Feature this year. Sundance now choosing Tulsa as a Community Partner Hub is monumental recognition of both Circle Cinema and Tulsa’s relevance to film.”

Film titles and showtimes will be announced in the coming weeks. Circle Cinema Members will have access to an exclusive ticket pre-sale window on Jan. 4. Tickets will be available for the general public beginning Jan. 7. For more information, click here.

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