New American Cinema

The second annual Tulsa American Film Festival takes place now through Sunday across the Kendall-Whittier District, Woody Guthrie Center, and Gilcrease Museum.

Yesterday, the Tulsa American Film Festival kicked off its second year with the opening night film “Transpecos,” a gritty, suspenseful border thriller that won the audience award at South By Southwest back in March, and an opening night after party at Fair Fellow Coffee, sponsored by This Land Press.

Greatly expanded from last year, TAFFest is now an epic five days of shorts and features, both narrative and documentary, along with after parties, live music, a J.J. Cale concert film, and a special outdoor screening of the 1986 Oklahoma-shot slasher, “Terror at Tenkiller,” featuring locals doing live commentary in the vein of Mystery Science Theater. It all takes place across the Kendall-Whittier District, Woody Guthrie Center and Gilcrease Museum.

I’ve had the opportunity to watch a handful of the scheduled films; I’m impressed by the caliber and diversity of the programming, which includes a strong Native presence, a children’s series, music documentaries (Steve Pryor, Samantha Crain and J.D. McPherson, among others), and Oklahoma student shorts. This, in addition to new genre fare like the aforementioned  “Transpecos” and its lead-in short, “The Last Hunt,” revival screenings (Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”) and discussion panels hosted by the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Art & Culture.

If you consider yourself a cinephile or film buff or movie geek or someone who just enjoys art and community, you should seriously make a point of attending. Ben Arredondo, Adam O’Connor and Colleen Thurston have put together something special; read all you need to know about the festival, including the schedule, summaries and reviews, here, in this week’s Tulsa Voice.

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