TU professor and Circle Cinema board member
Michael Wright (at Circle Cinema) appreciates films that tell stories in a “consciously artful” way.
A quagga is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th Century; that’s just one bit of trivia you can learn from Michael Wright, the director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa.
In addition to sharing animal trivia, Wright serves on the board of directors at Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s independent and nonprofit art-house movie theater. He is the author of several playwriting methods books, numerous plays, short stories and poems.
Wright is a performance poet and lyricist and, with enough begging, a singer. He recently journeyed to Berlin, where he met with playwrights, directors and artists to compare working methods for developing new plays.
What movie are you most looking forward to this year? The film I’m looking most forward to is called “The Birth of A Nation.” Synopsis: American-born slave Nat Turner (played by Nate Parker, also writer and director) leads a bloody rebellion to free slaves in Virginia in 1831 in this fact-based retelling.
Pick one genre of films to watch for the rest of your life. I’d have to say my favorite genre is more of a grouping: foreign or international films. Within those, I have no major preference; I just want to keep learning about telling stories on the screen in a consciously artful (i.e., not Hollywood) way.
Describe the plot of your favorite film without spoiling it for the rest of us. An army officer is dispatched to terminate the command of a rogue military commander during the Vietnam War. (The film is “Apocalypse Now.”)
If you could pick someone to play you in a movie about your life, who would it be? Either Jim Carrey or Kate Winslet; I can’t decide.
Name your other favorite movies of all time. “The Godfather” 1 & 2 (not 3), “The Player,” “Juliet of the Spirits,” “Blow-up,” “The Big Sleep,” “The Seventh Seal,” “Melancholia,” “Seven Samurai,” “Wings of Desire,” “The Piano,” “Amores Perros,” “Safety Last” (a 1923 silent film). More recently: “Room,” “The Big Short,” “Spotlight.” This is just a tiny portion of a list that would go on for pages.
Tulsa book events
June 1 , “Art & Sole” book signing
Jane Gershon Weitzman, the wife of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, will speak and sign copies of her new book, “Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection.”
7 p.m. at 108 Contemporary, 108 W. M. B. Brady St. Free. Presented by BookSmart Tulsa and 108 Contemporary. www.108contemporary.org
June 2 , “An Evening with A.O. Scott”
Scott is the chief film critic for the New York Times.
7 p.m. at Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Ave. Free. Presented by BookSmart Tulsa. www.booksmarttulsa.com
June 9, “An Evening with Lucky Peach”
Chris Ying is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Lucky Peach, a quarterly food journal. Includes food and drinks.