Tulsa Historical Society and Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions
Boomtown: An American Journey
This documentary focuses on the history of Tulsa, a city known for extremes, from its resilient citizens and indomitable leaders to its troubled cultural past and economic roller coasters.
“Boomtown showcases our city’s heritage of prosperous oil years, wealth, architecture, flourishing arts and philanthropy,” said Michelle Place, executive director of THS. “Interwoven in the film are the storied struggles of our community through the century – from the trials of the Muscogee Creek people during removal to Indian Territory in NE Oklahoma, through the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, to the hardships of economic downturns. The film answers the question, ‘Why is the study of history important?’”
Local business and civic leaders, authors and philanthropists featured through interviews in the documentary include: Sharon King Davis, Linda Frazier, Hannibal Johnson, Phil Lakin, Bill Major, Dennis Neill, Teresa Pena, Ian Swart, Clifton Taulbert, Robb Trepp and Michael Wallis, as well as the late Herb Fritz.
Tulsa composer & musician Aaron Fulkerson created the original score for Boomtown, whose music was performed and recorded at Tulsa Community College Recording Studio by the Signature Symphony at TCC.
“Our vision for a short, five-minute promotional film for the museum began on New Year’s Eve 2013 after a conversation between myself, Michelle, and my fellow Boomtown executive producer, Andy Kinslow,” said Russ Kirkpatrick of the production company. “The initial goal was to create messaging that would explain the mission and programs to museum donors. Soon after we started filming, we knew we had a bigger story. We are thrilled to have collaborated with Oklahoma filmmakers and musicians, along with historians and technical advisors who spent nearly two years working on the film.”
“This project has been an amazing collaboration with so many Tulsa organizations,” added Place. “Our special thanks will be in the film credits, but I’d be remiss without mentioning the generosity of time from the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Circle Cinema, Greenwood Cultural Center, John Hope Franklin Center, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Perryman Family, Signature Symphony at TCC, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Tulsa.”
How to see the film:
On Saturday, August 1st, the film will be shown every hour, on the hour, starting at 10 AM, with the last showing starting at 3 PM at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria. Free with museum admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors, free for members and students).
Showings of Boomtown will be offered at the Circle Cinema, located at 10 S. Lewis Ave, beginning on Wednesday, July 29th. Visit their website for more information: http://www.circlecinema.com/
Boomtown will debut on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. on RSU Television, a public broadcasting network. The documentary will encore on RSU TV on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and again on Aug 17 at 11 p.m.
DVDs will be for sale in the museum gift kiosk (and available for shipping) in mid-September.
See the Official Trailer:
Official Trailer HD – Boomtown: An American Journey from Kirkpatrick&Kinslow Productions on Vimeo.