Oklahoma film to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

December 17, 2017

ENID, Okla. (AP) — The Paul Dano-directed movie “Wildlife” filmed in the Enid area has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival, Visit Enid Director Marcy Jarrett said.

The renowned film festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah from Jan. 18 through Jan. 28, according to the Sundance Institute.

“Wildlife,” which stars Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp and Jake Gyllenhaal, will world premiere at Sundance, the Enid News and Eagle reported.

Debuting director Dano is also credited as a screenwriter with Zoe Kazan for the film, which was produced by Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker.

The independent film produced by June Pictures follows a boy as he watches his parents’ marriage fall apart after his mother finds another man.

Based on the novel by Richard Ford, the portrait of a family in crisis is set in Montana in 1960. However, a significant portion was filmed in the Enid area with local extras.

“Because of the time of year we are shooting, Montana wasn’t going to be a tenable location through December because of snow,” said June Pictures President Alex Saks in October 2016. “We wanted a place that had a similar look and feel, so we hired a really experienced location scout and he brought us to a few different places in Oklahoma. Enid is really where the director and the rest of the team felt the movie could live and breathe.”

For the 2018 Sundance festival, 110 feature-length films were selected, representing 29 countries and 47 first-time filmmakers, including 30 in competition. These films were selected from 13,468 submissions including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,799 were from the U.S. and 2,102 were international. One-hundred feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

“The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities,” said Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute. “This year’s festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”


Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com

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