Show and tell
What’s Happening Tulsa is the brainchild of Production Manager Ben Lindsey, center, who wanted to encourage Tulsans to participate in community activities. The WHT team also includes Evan Gabbin, administrative manager, and Eric Sanders, president.
What’s happening, Tulsa?
It’s a question Ben Lindsey and Eric Sanders are trying to answer.
What’s Happening Tulsa is a new project from the local filmmakers — a platform that uses fun-filled, creative videos to unite Tulsans and show the world what the city has to offer.
“What’s Happening Tulsa is about letting Tulsans know there is something amazing happening every day,” Lindsey says. “It’s about educating people on events and creating a community that’s willing to be involved.”
The project was born when Lindsey overhead a friend commenting that Tulsans never know what to do in their own city, despite a number of options available to them. Lindsey brought up the idea of creating short videos to highlight local events, shops and musicians to his company, Intent Productions, and the project took off.
According to Sanders, the timing was perfect.
“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he says. “I felt the time was right to start on my dream, and I knew exactly who I wanted to bring in as partners to make this a reality.”
The rest of the What’s Happening Tulsa team consists of Evan Gabbin, administrative manager; Ashlyn Johnson, photographer and blogger; and Gibson Giddeon, editor and videographer.
For Lindsey and Sanders, making films is second nature. Lindsey’s filmmaking background began during his time at Oral Roberts University. While studying video, he taught himself the programs and software that weren’t available in his classes. When he started getting paid for his video work, Lindsey realized his career was about to take off.
Sanders’ path was similar. Also an ORU student, he studied multimedia communications before spending five years in the corporate world. Sanders traveled the country filming and editing videos before What’s Happening began.
A New Orleans native, Sanders wasn’t initially sold on Tulsa when he came to the city for school.
“The downtown area was still to be revitalized, and the BOK Center wasn’t even here yet,” Sanders explains. “Now, things in this city have changed and are continuing to change for the better. I just want to be here to help make that difference and witness it all taking place.”
Lindsey is originally from Memphis but finds that Oklahoma has a way of keeping people around. Whether it’s friends, opportunities or the low cost of living, there is something for everyone in Tulsa.
“It’s up to you to decide how you want to spend your time here,” Lindsey says.
“I love that Tulsa is going through a revitalization process,” Sanders adds. “It couldn’t be a more exciting time as a young professional here.”
The goal of What’s Happening Tulsa is twofold. The team wants to bring locals together by encouraging them to experience Tulsa in new ways, while also altering the way non-Tulsans may feel about the city. With an interest in showing Tulsa in the best possible light, the team knows it has a lot on its plate.
“But it’s something we’re willing to tackle,” Sanders says. “It motivates us.”
Connect with What’s Happening Tulsa on Facebook (www.facebook.com/whtulsa) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/whtulsa). The team also is searching for volunteers to be part of the project. If you’re interested, email email@example.com.