Narrated by Wes Studi, Indigenous music documentary ‘Spirit Flute’ will stream virtually on Friday
Norman Cultural Connection will host a virtual screening of his documentary “Spirit Flute: Healing the Heart” at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Narrated by Oscar-winning Cherokee actor and Oklahoma native Wes Studi, the 65-minute film delves into the extraordinary journey of several Oklahoma flute makers and flute players who share the historic tradition of the native flute and concern to keep this art form alive.
The film also explores gender roles and their impact on contemporary flute making and playing. The documentary highlights the beauty of the Oklahoma landscape and the interconnectedness of the land and the Native American flute, according to a press release.
Multiple Grammy-nominated artist R. Carlos Nakai was asked to share his lifelong wisdom and spiritual connection through playing the flute, and he speaks in the film about the influence of renowned flautists of Oklahoma, as well as the importance of continuing the journey and the tradition of playing. the flute and the impact it has on the human spirit around the world.
Enoch Kelly Haney, former leader of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, former Oklahoma state legislator and internationally acclaimed artist of the state capitol statue “The Guardian”, is a consultant and executive producer of the movie.
Marial Martyn, Executive Director of Norman Cultural Connection, co-directed and co-produced the film, with award-winning television and film director and producer Michael Kirk. Kirk’s film and television projects have appeared on public and commercial networks, including Amazon Video, Apple TV, The History Channel, A&E, and PBS.
Norman Cultural Connection is a Norman-based non-profit organization committed to enhancing awareness, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, social differences and the wisdom of world cultures. For more information, visit www.normanculturalconnection.org.
To watch the trailer for “Spirit Flute: Healing the Heart”, go to www.normanculturalconnection.org. Tickets are $9 for the virtual screening and roundtable, and special packages are available. To purchase tickets for the virtual screening, go to spiritflute.eventive.org. Donations are also accepted to help acquire the necessary tools for students learning the art of flute making.
Julius Jones documentary screening delayed due to winter conditions
Originally slated for this weekend, the premiere of “New Year! New Justice!” at the Tower Theater has been postponed to March 5 due to winter weather.
The documentary, made possible by VideoHero, follows five defenders as they travel 131 miles from the Oklahoma State Capitol to McAlester State Penitentiary in favor of clemency for Julius Jones. This film is not yet rated. Tickets for the new date are on sale now.
Jones is on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and proof that he was wrongfully convicted. For more information on the new documentary and the walk, go to www.facebook.com/JuliusJonesWalk. For more information on Jones, visit www.justiceforjuliusjones.com.
“New Year! New Justice!” will now premiere at 8 p.m. on March 5 at the Tower Theater, 425 NW 23. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Previously purchased tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date or refunded at the point of sale in the event of a dispute. For ticketing questions, contact [email protected]
For the safety of guests and theater staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, increased social distancing measures have been put in place, including face coverings required at all times unless seated and reduced capacity of the theater by 80%.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.towertheatreokc.com.
deadCenter Film Festival extends submission deadline
Oklahoma’s largest film festival is extending its submission deadline.
Film submissions for the 2021 Oklahoma City deadCenter Film Festival now close March 1.
The 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival is scheduled for June 10-20 and virtual passes are now available. For more information, visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.
deadCenter recently announced a partnership with the Cherokee Nation Film Office to present the inaugural Best Indigenous Short Film award at the 2021 festival. For more details, click here.
To submit a film for deadCenter 2021, click here.
The Outsiders House museum in Tulsa is hosting an open house this weekend
The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa, 731 N. St. Louis Ave., will host an open house this weekend, with hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets will only be available at the door and in person. Due to the pandemic, mandatory masks and social distancing rules apply.
The museum is dedicated to the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s beloved 1983 film adaptation of SE Hinton’s acclaimed novel by Oklahoma author “The Outsiders.”
For more information, visit www.theoutsidershouse.com, www.facebook.com/theoutsidershousemuseum and twitter.com/OutsidersHouse.
Reba McEntire Makes Splash Appearance in New Comedy ‘Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar’
Multi-talented Oklahoma native Reba McEntire opened up to USA Today about her breakout appearance in the new movie “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”
“I’m not advertised as being in the movie. It was that secret,” McEntire told USA Today.
If you want to know more, click on the link, but be warned, it certainly contains spoilers for the film, which Lionsgate released last week on VOD.
The comedy stars co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo as the titular besties, who leave their small Midwestern town for the very first time for a vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida. They find love, adventure, a sinister plot, and a Reba cameo. .
“Everyone knows someone like Barb and Star. They’re very real, it’s priceless,” Reba told USA Today. “I laughed my ass off.”
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