TULSA - Tulsa is the only city in Oklahoma with its own accredited film commission, the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture.
FMAC, also known by the hashtag #TulsaFilm, will host a reception at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 20th.
The goal is to promote Tulsa as a destination for filmmakers.
FMAC Director Abby Kirun tells KRMG it just made sense for artists and businesses in the community to band together and increase the city’s presence at the popular festival.
“When we started to kind of see all the people that were heading to Park City, it made sense for us to pool our resources and do an event together to promote Tulsa,” she said Thursday.
Moreover, the idea has apparently been a big hit.
“What’s great about it is we sent out our invite two days ago, and we have already received 700 RSVPs for our event,” she told KRMG.
Kirun says Tulsa has a lot to offer filmmakers in terms of locations, talent, and saving money.
“I think it’s really important for us to promote Tulsa as a creative center, so when we are pushing filming in Tulsa, we are promoting everything we have to offer,” Kurin said.
So for example, “we talk about how we are film-friendly. How our office can help write a letter of support, and help with the city on film permits.”
And again, for producers who need to “crew up,” Tulsa has a wide range of talent including camera operators, makeup artists, costume designers, actors, and of course musicians.
“If we’re not at these big events talking about Tulsa, who is?” Kurin asked, rhetorically. “So as we position ourselves as the creative hub, because we certainly are in Oklahoma, this is our chance to talk about what we can do.”
The reception will be January 20th in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival.