Find updates on the Oklahoma film + music industries!
Find updates on the Oklahoma film + music industries!
Save the Date for OF+MO's New Video Series
The Oklahoma Film and Music Office celebrates the strength of our state’s film and music industry, who have undeniably been impacted by a year that has seen unimaginable challenges. Oklahoma’s skilled film and music workforce, critical infrastructure and growing resources have risen to the occasion to meet the evolving nature of the current industries, which now more than ever rely on this pivotal work to move forward and continue the state’s upward trajectory. Coming in December, the Pivotal Work: Early Access Series invites you to preview the 2021 OF+MO Film and Music Conference by virtually joining some of our industry’s leading professionals for a variety of workshops that will educate and inspire audiences seeking to learn more about career opportunities in these fields. Be sure to subscribe here to our e-blasts and follow us on social media (@okfilmmusic) to find out more information and dates!

Norman Music Festival's NMF Transmissions
Streaming | Husbands postponed to November
Scene Skeleton Video Series
Streaming | Wednesdays at 7:30PM
JR Now Webinar
Streaming | November 13
Oklahoma Songwriters Festival
Streaming | November 21
Pivotal Work: Early Access Series (see above for details)
Streaming | Coming in December
JEROD TATE | classical composer/pianist
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO)’s “Oklahoma Film + Music Spotlight” features various filmmakers, musicians and industry leaders who have experienced the positive benefits of making film and music in Oklahoma.
November's Spotlight features Jared Tate, a classical composer and pianist, who moved back permanently to Oklahoma in 2010 to continue pursuing his music career focusing on his Chickasaw and American Indian identity. He discusses how Oklahoma City has grown very purposefully in the last 20 years and that the ever-growing acknowledgement of the American Indian culture in the state has cemented his passion to stay here.
Click the image to watch this month's spotlight video!
Click the image to watch a special message from Jennifer Loren, Director of CNFO.
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office's "Innovation Insight” series profiles a variety of Oklahoma film and music professionals who have found creative ways to continue their craft or businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue adjusting in these uncharted waters, our creatives around the state continue finding innovative ways to use technology and we agree with their mindset: “The show must go on”.
November's Innovation Insight features the Cherokee Nation Film Office (CNFO) who is devoted to helping strengthen and grow the film industry in Oklahoma. CNFO is helping advance filmmaking in Oklahoma through a number of initiatives, and remains committed to increasing the presence of Native Americans in every level of the film and television industries. These efforts include traditional film commission recruiting, educational opportunities to grow the crew base and events that unify our community such as the “stay at home” OklaHomies Short Film Contest in partnership with OF+MO and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture earlier this year. 
Community CARES Partners Relief Funds Available for Film and Music Jobs Retraining
OF+MO is working with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to raise awareness of the relief funds currently being offered by Community CARES Partners, a resource center to local individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and may be considering jobs retraining related to careers in the state’s film and music industries. The Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) partnered with others in the public and private sectors to support Community CARES Partners (CCP) to open an Oklahoma City resource center to help residents who are in need, having suffered loss due to the pandemic. The CCP seeks to positively impact Oklahoma City metropolitan residents by offering individual and family assistance to those who are facing housing crisis and eviction due to loss of wages or hardships related to COVID-19. The resource center provides support through eviction prevention, financial assistance and connection with wraparound services, including job retraining. 

Journal Record’s Now Webinar Series Further Explores Career Opportunities in the Oklahoma Film Industry
The Journal Record (JR) Now Webinar Series continues its free, weekly online discussions with a second session taking a deeper dive into Oklahoma’s film and television industry and associated careers within this business sector on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. “Take 2: Getting Started with Your Career in Oklahoma Film” will further explore Oklahoma’s camera-ready workforce development with unique perspectives highlighting the state’s training and education programs as well as the immediate employment needs of current film and television productions filming in the Sooner State. This episode will feature Oklahoma Film + Music Office’s (OF+MO) Director, Tava Maloy Sofsky, alongside esteemed professionals Jacob Snovel, producer of the feature film “Out of Exile” and former Adult Programs Coordinator at Moore Norman Technology Center; Trevor Rogers, Director of Outreach for NGP Productions and Executive Director of Film Education Institute of Oklahoma (FEIO); and Teresa Rose Crook, Executive Director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma.

New  Projects in the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Queue
OF+MO is pleased to announce four new projects and one project with a new start date that have all been pre-qualified to utilize Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program. Due to safety and public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, some productions have temporarily modified or suspended their production dates in Oklahoma. New production dates will be provided as soon as possible by those productions.

New + Updated Projects
  • "Hostage House" - November 21, 2020
  • "The Wrong Lover" - December 2, 2020
  • "Ghoster" - December 4, 2020
  • "Deadly Dorm" - January 5, 2021
  • "Alien Bible" (series) - February 20, 2021 (new start date)
Please note that these dates are subject to change pending the production’s compliance with the benchmarks and administrative rules for the rebate program. For a current listing of films in the rebate queue, please visit the Filming in Oklahoma page of our website. For a current listing of films in the rebate queue, please visit the Filming in Oklahoma page of our website.
Find crew and casting calls in Oklahoma on the jobs page of our website!⁠ Have one? Send it to us at
Horton Records Rock ’N Folk ’N (no) Chili Cook-Off Offers Socially Distanced In-person and Streaming Options
OF+MO is proud to be a presenter of this year’s Horton Records Rock ’N Folk ’N (no) Chili Cook-Off. Now in its seventh year, the Rock ’N Folk ’N (no) Chili Cook-Off will host a blended event, with a limited-capacity in-person event and a virtual component, on November 7, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature live music from Tulsa musicians Nightingale, Brad Absher & The Superials, Jacob Tovar and Paul Benjamin’s Sunday Nite Thing.
Oklahoma Songwriters Festival Going Virtual in Year Five
OF+MO is proud to once again sponsor the fifth annual Oklahoma Songwriters Festival (OSF), presented by Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Saturday, November 21, 2020. Going virtual this year, the event will begin with a free Songwriting Zoom call at 11:00 a.m., moderated by Nathan Poppe, featuring songwriters Lee Miller, Blair Daly alongside Maloy. The festival will conclude with a ticketed virtual Songwriter Showcase Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. live-streamed via the platform from the Grand Casino main stage with no audience. On stage Maloy and Marcus Hummon will host and perform songs they’ve written (safely distanced) and will cut to live performances from Oklahoma singer/songwriters Graham Colton and Abbey Philbrick at home.
Click the image to learn more about the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival!
Update About Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture's Music Recovery Program
Early in September 2020, the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture (TulsaFMAC) officially announced Play Tulsa Music, a music recovery program with a $150,000 fund for Tulsa county venues to access exclusively to offset 50% of a Tulsa-based musician/band performance fee incurred between September and December 30, 2020, funded through Tulsa County CARES. Each week the TulsaFMAC’s vetting committee meets to go over all the applications received in the hope of approving as many as they can that fit within the program guidelines. Here are some incredible results announced October 23:
  • Since launching on September 3, $99K to 24 Tulsa County venues has been allocated!
  • 606 live performances have been approved to date. That’s the equivalent of 18 months of regularly-scheduled shows happening over the next 3 months.
  • In the first 5 weeks alone, the program has supported 187 live performances, with an average of 14 shows happening every weekend in Tulsa.
  • Watch the latest promo video from Tulsa's own Trey Thaxton of GoldMill Co. (347k social media impressions since 9/11!)
Independent Feature Film “Model House” Wraps Filming in Oklahoma
Principal photography has completed in Oklahoma for the independent feature film “Model House”. The production hired 25 local crew members and filmed throughout the month of September at several sites in Oklahoma City, as well as Turner Falls Park in Davis. Written and directed by Derek Pike, “Model House” follows five models staying together in a secluded house as they fight to stay alive when intruders break in and extort money from their social media followers. The film was produced by Randy Wayne and Talia Bella under the banner of their newly formed production company, Thunderbird Films, based in Oklahoma City. 


“I have met and worked with so many super talented actors, cameramen, editors, composers, etc. here in the state of Oklahoma. If you can get it done here, then why not? My hope for the future is for more local filmmakers to have more financial resources and outlets to get their films made. More panels and meetings that celebrate local artists.”
Native American flute-centric roots group
“We like to consider our sound to be uniquely Oklahoman. All members of Injunuity are born and raised Oklahomans, and have carried that honor with us all over the world. Our state and its thriving music community has been supportive from our inception. It’s given us the launching pad we needed in order to take our sound and story across the country. We’d like to thank all of those Oklahoma artisans who paved the road before us, to give our state such a revered status in the music industry.”
The Chickasaw Nation has a history of storytelling through many mediums, including film with the feature film productions “Pearl”, “Te Ata” and “The Chickasaw Rancher” lensed in Oklahoma. Offering a Smithsonian-caliber experience, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is a world-class museum complex devoted to the celebration of Chickasaw history and culture. Located on 184 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams near Sulphur, this museum complex features more than 96,000 square feet of indoor space, including an exhibit center, the Holisso Research Center and a large format theater, the Anoli’, which previously hosted the Sundance Institute for a Film Forward event in 2012. An amphitheater, café, sky terrace, art galleries, traditional village and several water features also reside on the grounds. Currently, the Center is closed due to health and safety regulations amid COVID-19; however, they look forward to re-opening next year to welcome visitors and future filming and related events.

If you are interested in showcasing your community or featuring your location in the Oklahoma Locations Directory, please contact Yousef Kazemi at or visit our website for more information.
As the entertainment industry continues to flourish both globally and here in Oklahoma, the need for the continued development and expansion of our local film industry workforce and companies is critical. Click here to learn more about ways you can plug in to the industry and start your careers now!
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OKLAHOMA FILM + MUSIC OFFICE APP to explore and connect with Oklahoma's talented crew, accommodating support services, diverse locations and legendary musicians. For more information, visit the iTunes Store.

Stay Connected with Your Legislator
Connect with your local area state legislators at or by using the Oklahoma Legislative Guide for the 57th Legislature app, which provides current contact information and photos of each representative. This free app is provided by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC). Find it in the app store.

About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma's film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit
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