The second annual Okmulgee Main Street 48 Hour Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the “Harvest Spoon Chili Festival” on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in beautiful downtown Okmulgee Oklahoma. You can check out festivities for the Chili Festival by clicking here: Harvest Spoon Chili Festival
In 2015 Okmulgee Main Street organized the Okmulgee Arts & Humanities Council. The council is working to support and expand cultural activities in the Okmulgee area. The Okmulgee 48-Hour Film Festival, 6x6 Canvas Art Show, and the Okmulgee Mural Project are a few of their most recent events. The Chair for this film festival event will be Tyler Roberds, Main Street Design Committee member and Arts & Humanities Council member. Tyler is owner of Roberds Studio, a local video production company. He is an independent filmmaker with experience in acting, directing, and producing both short form media as well as feature films & broadcast television. His last film, The Only Oly, was filmed entirely in Okmulgee and was premiered at the Orpheum Theatre in 2013. He has participated in several film festivals over the years in various capacities. According to Roberds, “Okmulgee is a fantastic place for story telling. It's a great place to produce film because the locals and businesses are so accommodating. I look forward to bringing more theater and film opportunities to the Okmulgee area in the future.”
Independent filmmakers will begin their 48-hour filming process on Friday evening, October 14th with a Kick-off party where the film “elements” will be revealed. The elements are specific items that must be incorporated into the short films during production to make them eligible in the competition; some of which include a specific character, prop, and line of dialog. Entrants have 48 hours to script write, film, edit and produce their short film. Judges will have the following week to choose 1st and 2nd place.
All films will be screened on Saturday, October 22nd at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Following the announcement of the Okmulgee Harvest Spoon Chili Festival winners on the downtown square, the 48-Hour Film Festival will begin at 4:00 with an “Orange Carpet” Event, sponsored by Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Filmmakers will be announced and honored as they arrive to the theater. Screening will begin at 5:00 pm with 1st & 2nd place winners announced at the end of the screening. Prizes and trophies will be awarded at the event. The "Audience Choice” votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at an after party for the filmmakers.