Sundance Circle Cinema

While we eagerly await the end of this pandemic, there are a few things I hope linger long after the virus has been subdued. Drive-thru library service, curbside booze sales and ice-cream delivery, to name a few. Thanks to Tulsa’s nonprofit Circle Cinema, we can now add “festival take-out” to that list. This year, Sundance Film Festival, considered one of the most prestigious film festivals in the U.S., is coming to town.

“This is America’s largest independent film festival,” says Chuck Foxen, Circle’s film programmer. “It’s a big deal for Circle Cinema, Tulsa and Oklahoma.”

Since 1981 Park City, Utah, has been home to the festival: a 10-day marathon every January of screenings, panels, lectures and more. However, this year Sundance goes digital with a custom designed online platform, and Circle is one of the festival’s official Satellite Screens. Tulsa ticket holders will not only have access to Sundance’s virtual activities; they can also attend 12 curated festival films at Circle, Admiral Twin Drive-in and other partner venues (all with COVID-19 protocol in place) with additional programming from local directors and artists.

The festival runs Jan. 28-Feb. 2, and Circle is the only satellite partner in this region.  

“We’ve been talking to Sundance since mid-summer. It’s really exciting,” Foxen says. “We’re pulling together a slate of local programming that will be hosted on Sundance’s website, too. It’s a great opportunity for national exposure for Tulsa.” 

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