‘Stick Up,” an Oklahoma-produced film that was completely crowdfunded and one of the first SAG-AFTRA films in the country shot during the pandemic, will make its world premiere at the 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City. The deadCenter Film festival, Oklahoma’s largest film festival, begins June 10 and tickets are available at deadcenterfilm.org.
“Stick Up” is produced by Garrett Davis, Tori Hartley and Chris Oz McIntosh in association with Freestyle Creative. McIntosh directed a screenplay written by Davis and Hartley.
The film follows a young woman (played by Hartley) who stops at a gas station to score some quick cash before hitting the road to freedom. However, her simple plan becomes complicated when she runs into an old friend (played by Davis).
LaRonn Marzett, star of the award-winning film “Birdie,” and Darryl Cox, whose credits include “Robocop,” “Walker: Texas Ranger,” and the 2021 Academy Awards best picture nominee “Minari,” join Hartley and Davis onscreen.
“The fact this film was made with a completely crowdfunded budget during a pandemic — with no COVID-19 cases during production — speaks to the dedication and resiliency of the Oklahoma film industry,” Davis said. “We couldn’t have made this film without the support of this particular cast, crew and, of course, our generous donors.”
After the screenplay was completed, first-time producers Davis and Hartley realized they needed an expert, visionary storyteller to bring the film to life, according to a news release. That person was McIntosh.
“I’ve always wanted to make an action-comedy,” McIntosh said. “With that said, ‘Stick Up’ is undoubtedly the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie, and I think it shows in the film. It’s not much different from when we played cops and robbers on the playground as kids — except now, the guns actually go boom.”
McIntosh’s family/fantasy film “Movie Magic” and heist comedy micro-short “Ballbusted” screened at deadCenter in previous years.
“Stick Up” is anchored by a gun-toting, rock n’ roll-loving female protagonist who finds herself in an increasingly sticky situation.
“It was so exciting to dive into a character that is strong, but doesn’t know her strength yet,” Hartley says. “It’s all about her discovering what she’s really capable of. Plus, we need more female leads in action films, right?”
“I can speak for my fellow producers: we’re elated with the film’s outcome and can’t wait for the audience at deadCenter to see our film,” Davis said. “We thank everyone involved for making this possible. It’s a dream come true.”
Sets taking shape for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Construction projects in Pawhuska serve as a reminder that scenes for Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” will be shot there.
Kihekah Avenue in downtown Pawhuska will be a film site, so many buildings on that street are being prepped for use. A faux storefront has popped up between existing structures on the west side of Kihekah Avenue.
A replica railroad track was constructed for use in the film. Workers are building what appears to be a train depot alongside the railroad track.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” will be based on a bestselling book by David Grann about the Osage “Reign of Terror.”
Oklahoma Film + Music Office moves to Department of Commerce
Gov. Kevin Stitt signed SB949, which moves the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, effective July 1. OF+MO was previously part of the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreational Department.
“Our work at Tourism has successfully brought us to where we are today, having introduced our state’s beautiful natural resources, cultural history, skilled workforce, innovative business and film-friendly communities to thousands of creative professionals and businesses over the years,” Tava Maloy Sofsky, director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, said in a news release.
“We see enormous value with our transition to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, as we are proud to continue to lead and propel Oklahoma’s film and music industries to the next level. Working under the great leadership of the Department of Commerce, we look forward to continue retaining, recruiting and cultivating business expansion and more sustainable jobs for more Oklahomans across our state.”
In the fiscal year from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, 34 film and television projects employed nearly 4,000 Oklahomans and contributed $32.8 million to the state’s economy. For fiscal year 2021, it is estimated that 33 film and TV productions in Oklahoma will lead to the creation of 10,218 local jobs and an economic impact of $161.7 million.
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