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Tulsa United Film Festival 2011

July 21-25

What’s It All About:

The Tulsa United Film Festival hosts screening of cutting-edge independent films and highly acclaimed classic movies for its audience. In its 9th year, the festival will have the film screenings at the Circle Cinema, Ida Red Boutique, and Living Arts of Tulsa. The festival’s focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a united showcase of creative energy and talent for everyone, thereby giving a common platform for art and community convergence.

Jason Connell and Connell Creations founded the Tulsa United Film Festival nine years ago. They released the heartwarming feature documentary Strictly Background in 2007, and are distributing the quirky fan favorite documentary The Rock-afire Explosion and I Do, I Don’t, a thought provoking documentary about love, marriage and religion, through their distribution division, United Films.

The United Film Festivals expanded to include Los Angeles and New York in 2007, San Francisco, Chicago and London in 2009, and the United Film Festivals Screenwriting Contest in 2011. With this growth, the rich tradition of screening humorous, touching and provocative films will be open to new audiences.

Watch Out For!

This year, the festival will be kicked start with homage to Tulsa and a special night of Blake Edwards films with The Pink Panther (1963) and 10 (1979.) The opening night includes the quirky Superheroes, which follows real-life caped crusaders attempting to bring justice to evildoers all over America. The weekend’s programme of Keeping the Faith includes a special screening of I Do, I Don’t and Eat the Sun, which is energy absorption from sun to satiate hunger.

Almost 12 films will be showcased under the Tulsa premiere category, to name a few:

Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians

The film follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?

Adventures Of Power: In his quest to become the world’s greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day.

Cleanflix: This insightful documentary follows the sanitized movie industry from inception to collapse. Starting with Kate Winslet’s nudity in Titanic and the Mormon culture that didn’t want to see it, the film launches into the numerous legal and theoretical debates that led to a DGA lawsuit involving industry titans.

The grand film extravaganza is likely to close with Gary Busey’s double feature of The Buddy Holly Story (1978) and Big Wednesday (1978.) Other films in the festival lineup include Eagles In The Chicken Coop, Beware Of Christians, Living Downstream, Save Our Future, and Heaven’s Rain. This year will also witness the Tulsa premiere of Gabi On The Roof, which follows twenty somethings who can’t afford to live in New York but do it anyways, as well as present free screenings of Adventures Of Power at Ida Red Boutique.

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