Sundance is usually performed in Park City, Utah, but due to the pandemic, festival offerings have been shared on digital platforms and in satellite cities across the country. Such cities included Tulsa, where Circle Cinema showed 14 official Sundance films on its screens and at the Admiral Twin Drive-In. Each venue was capped at 20% and 25% capacity respectively to allow for adequate social distancing, but still welcomed approximately 2,050 moviegoers, including 12 sold out screenings.
Several films shown in Tulsa received awards during the festival, including “CODA” and “Jude and the Black Messiah”.
On February 12th, Circle Cinema began showing encores from Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which premiered on February 1st at Circle Cinema. The film describes the betrayal of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Black Panther Party, by William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) in the late 1960s. Critics praised King’s direction and performance in the film. Kaluuya received top supporting actor nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and the SAG Awards. You can find game times and ticket information at circlecinema.org.
In addition to showing 14 films, Circle Cinema programmed 12 free “Beyond Film” panels. The panel discussions, which can still be viewed for free on YouTube and Facebook, reached more than 10,000 viewers.