This week in arthouse cinema: Circle Cinema Film Festival brings the stars home to Tulsa

Tulsa-born actresses Jeanne Tripplehorn (left) and Mary Kay Place will help celebrate the 90th birthday of Tulsa’s historic art-house theater, Circle Cinema, by showing and talking about their movies at special events this weekend. Tulsa World file Content Exchange

This week’s specialty cinema is truly special, with Tulsa movie stars including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Heather Langenkamp, Mary Kay Place and Gary Busey all coming home for Circle Cinema Film Festival events.


The following is the lineup for the Circle Cinema Film Festival, celebrating the historic theater’s 90th anniversary and continuing through this weekend.

Friday, July 13

9 a.m.: “Good Day Tulsa” broadcast live from Circle Cinema, free and open to the public, with Heather Langenkamp and Ryan Merriman in attendance and free QuikTrip doughnuts and coffee.

7 p.m.: “We Only Know So Much”: Tulsa-born actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Big Love,” “The Firm”) returns home to talk about her latest film, followed by a Q-and-A moderated by Nancy Bizjack of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: “Deep Red”: This 1975 Dario Argento horror film is the Circle’s “Graveyard Shift” programming for the festival.

Saturday, July 14

11 a.m.: “The Gaucho”: Admission is free for this silent film, the second movie to play at Circle Cinema on July 17, 1928, which screens with live accompaniment from the theater’s original 1928 pipe organ.

11:30 a.m.: “A Conversation with Heather Langenkamp,” with the Tulsa native talking about her acting career, as well as her career in the makeup effects industry, with a screening of her third and final “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie, “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” from 1994, showing at 12:30 p.m.

2 p.m.: “Fathers of Football”: Oklahoma documentarian Bradley Beesley (“Okie Noodling”) will do a Q-and-A after showing a rough cut of his new film showing Wagoner High School players going for a state championship under coach Dale Condict in 2015.

4:30 p.m.: “The Passion of Joan of Arc”: A screening of the 1928 silent film classic, introduced by Jenks High School film teacher Clifton Raphael and featuring a modern soundtrack from members of Portishead and Goldfrapp.

7 p.m.: “Diane”: In this new film that won three awards at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Tulsa native and Emmy-winning actress Mary Kay Place portrays the title character. Place is set for a Q-and-A following the film, moderated by Teresa Miller (Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, TV’s “Writing Out Loud”).

Sunday, July 15

2 p.m.: “I Want You”: a screening of an archival 35mm print of the 1951 wartime drama starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger and Peggy Dow, better known to Tulsans as Peggy Helmerich, who will take part in a Q-and-A after the movie moderated by Circle Cinema Foundation co-founder Clark Wiens. Those attending the screening will be served Circle Cinema birthday cake.

6:30 p.m.: “The Buddy Holly Story”: Nathan Hale High School graduate and actor Gary Busey attends for a medallion dedication on the theater’s Walk of Fame and to introduce the 1978 movie for which he received a best-actor Oscar nomination.

Opening this week: “Leave No Trace,” The new film from “Winter’s Bone” writer-director Debra Granik is the story of a teen girl and her father (Ben Foster) who, after years of living an idyllic life in an urban park in Oregon, find their world changed forever when social services intervenes.

Also showing this week at Circle Cinema: “Yellow Submarine,” in a 50th anniversary, 4K digital resolution restoration screening, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19.


“Sorry to Bother You”: Official synopsis for this hot-button comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. Begins Friday at AMC Southroads 20 and Cinemark Tulsa.

Michael Smith


Twitter: @michaelsmithTW

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