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Feature film 'Ida Red' shot in Tulsa during pandemic

Posted at 11:53 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2021-11-23 11:59:32-05

TULSA, Okla. — The feature film “Ida Red” is filming in Tulsa throughout the pandemic.

Production took place in August and September, according to an official news release by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

Tulsa native John Swab, the writer and director of the film, filmed three other movies in Tulsa.

The cast for “Ida Red” includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), who plays the matriarch of a family with several career criminals, including her brother-in-law played by Frank Grillo (“The Grey”) and son played by Josh Hartnett (“Pearl Harbor”).

The film is produced by Swab, Jeremy Rosen (“Charlie Says”) and Robert Ogden Barnum (“Margin Call”).

“Undeterred by the pandemic, this is our third consecutive summer to shoot here in Tulsa,” Rosen said. “We could not make these films the way that we want to make them anywhere else. The local production value, support and incentives make all of the difference."

Throughout filming, they took strict precautions on set to follow Oklahoma and SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 protocols.

“It has been a pleasure to work with John and his team once again,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “It is rewarding to see such a talented Oklahoman using his local community to bring his projects to life. His continued dedication to Oklahoma has elevated our local infrastructure to a new level.”

The production hired 40 local crew members and 10 local cast members to be in the film. The production is working closely with the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (TFMAC).

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“To see Tulsa-native John Swab and his producing partner Jeremy Rosen returning to Tulsa for their fourth feature is really exciting,” said Abby Kurin, Executive Director of TFMAC. “They are excellent partners and are dedicated to ensuring a safe set for cast and crew, hiring our crew, utilizing local vendors and hotel options, and highlighting various locations throughout Tulsa. They leverage the ease of Tulsa as a backdrop for their projects and are a great example of why Tulsa is a solid choice for the film industry.”

For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, click here.

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