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Tulsa American Film Festival Awards - FREE
6:00 PM18:00

Tulsa American Film Festival Awards - FREE


An evening of honoring the winning filmmakers of the 2016 Tulsa American Film Festival. We will also award a special local recipient with the Bill Blair Award for Excellence in Film Award. FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by The University of Tulsa.

During the awards ceremony, we will be debuting three short films directed by local student filmmakers, created in partnership with the Tulsa American Film Festival.

If Only - Directed by Lee Boccacci - University of Tulsa

A poetic tale of a missed connection between a straight-laced man and a troubled woman.

Unknown Caller - Directed by Marcus Young, Rogers State University

An ominous phone call forces a distraught young man to make the ultimate choice.

John Hammer: Pop Impressionist - Directed by Helen Clara Ard, University of Tulsa

Tulsa artist John Hammer discusses the origins and inspirations of his work, and gives insight into his poster designs for the Tulsa American Film Festival

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Kids' Film Day at the Gilcrease - FREE
1:00 PM13:00

Kids' Film Day at the Gilcrease - FREE


The Iroquois Creation Story

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 17 min. / Native Film
Directed by Cathleen Ashworth

SYNOPSIS: Combining animation and dance, The Iroquois Creation Story tells the Haudenosaunee tale of Sky Woman and her Grandsons Flint and Sky Holder.

The Red Thunder

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 6 min.
Directed by Alvaro Ron

SYNOPSIS: Without permission, Sarah borrows her mother's car for the evening. The evening takes a turn for the unexpected when the car reveals the alter ego of Sarah's mom.


NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 14 min.
Directed by Robert Kondo, Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi

SYNOPSIS: Have you ever wondered what happens to your forgotten objects? In this story, those objects with their 'memory' still attached end up rising from the waters of the magical lake.

This is the story of one of those memories stuck in this world. His name is Moom.


NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 3 min.
Directed by Danielle Johnson

SYNOPSIS: A Penguin and a Polar Bear share love for the same egg.

Space Town

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 5 min.
Directed by Mike Diliberto

SYNOPSIS: 200 years in the future, a teenage girl adjust to moving off of Earth to a small town that sits atop an asteroid.

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Te Ata - FREE
3:00 PM15:00

Te Ata - FREE


NARRATIVE FEATURE / Runtime: 105 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Nathan Frankowski

SYNOPSIS: Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.

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Bisonhead (Short) / Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist (Short) / What Was Ours (Feature) - FREE
12:30 PM12:30

Bisonhead (Short) / Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist (Short) / What Was Ours (Feature) - FREE


DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 9 min. / Native Film
Directed by Elizabeth Lo

SYNOPSIS: A family of Ponderai Native American hunters journey from northern Montana to Yellowstone National Park to assert their treaty right to hunt by participating in the controversial culling of the park’s wild bison.

Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 8 min. / Native Film
Directed by Augusta Lehman

SYNOPSIS: Throughout her career, artist Kay Walkingstick has defied categorization. Her work has spanned styles from abstraction to realism and materials from acrylic to saponified wax creating a complex assortment of work that resists summary and generalization.

What Was Ours

DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 89 min. / Native Film
Directed by Mat Hames

SYNOPSIS: A young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a Shoshone elder to explore vanished artifacts kept in the archives of a museum. As the elder looks to the future, the young people look to the past to revive hope for their beloved home.

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The Thunderbird Over the Whale (Short) / In Attla's Tracks (Short) / Kivalina (Feature) - FREE
10:00 AM10:00

The Thunderbird Over the Whale (Short) / In Attla's Tracks (Short) / Kivalina (Feature) - FREE

The Thunderbird Over the Whale

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 15 min. / Native Film
Directed by Nicole Acevedo

SYNOPSIS: Spencer McCarty is an artist working in Neah Bay Washington. An accident prevents him from fishing and whaling regularly as his ancestors once did. He has spent his life reconciling the teachings of his ancestors with the modern world he has found himself in, where whaling is not practiced.

In Attla's Tracks

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 22 min. / Native Film
Directed by Catharine Axley

SYNOPSIS: An aging legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion trains his grand-nephew to carry on a century-old tradition and compete in the world’s largest dogsled sprint race.


DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 65 min. / Native Film
Directed by Gina Abatemarco

SYNOPSIS: The Arctic, once a frozen and inaccessible landscape today is a highly coveted last frontier. KIVALINA tells the story of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe whose island is disappearing into the Alaskan Arctic. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, the film poetically explores the community's struggle to maintain their way of life within a landscape and a system that is failing them.

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Tulsa Film Mixer & Panel Series: Rethinking "Diversity" in Indie Film - FREE
6:05 PM18:05

Tulsa Film Mixer & Panel Series: Rethinking "Diversity" in Indie Film - FREE


Tulsa Film Mixer & Panel Series: Rethinking "Diversity" -  Making Indie Film Accessible to Underrepresented Populations. FREE

“Diversity” has become a catchphrase in the film industry that has come to stand for the inclusion of people of color on screen. In this panel we’ll look beyond this understanding of “diversity” and consider the portrayal and inclusion of other populations that have been traditionally underrepresented and/or misrepresented in film and television. Additionally we’ll discuss the accessibility of independent film exhibition and production to communities such as the autistic, deaf and hard of hearing and the blind and visually impaired.


Colleen Thurston, Tulsa American Film Festival Director of Programming


Melinda Lauffenburger, Founder and Executive Director, Autism Oklahoma (associated film: Even in Death)

Jim Stovall, Co-Founder and President of the Narrative Television Network

Augusta Lehman, producer, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, filmmaker, Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist

Chase Chambers, filmmaker, Deaf Code


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Terror at Tenkiller: 30th Anniversary - FREE
8:00 PM20:00

Terror at Tenkiller: 30th Anniversary - FREE

NARRATIVE FEATURE / Runtime: 87 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Ken Meyer / Executive Produced by Bill F. Blair

SYNOPSIS: Leslie and Jana take off on a vacation and strange things start to happen at their remote cabin. Soon corpses begin turning up near the lake, and one by one the locals disappear...

Film will be accompanied by live, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style commentary, featuring Claire Edwards, Jeff Brown and Ryan Green.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the possibility of rain this evening, we will be moving our special 30th anniversary screening of Terror At Tenkiller and after party into Beehive Lounge's event space at 2409 E. Admiral, about a minute's walk from the Circle Cinema. Food trucks and the Marshall's beer truck will be parked outside the space, offering eats and drinks for sale. Please join us for this fun, free event in the historic Kendall-Whittier District!

FREE screening, open to the public. Costumes encouraged.

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