They came from Hollywood, Kansas City, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Los Angeles, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisana and Iowa, descending on Tulsa, Oklahoma to exhibit their work, talent and potential.
Directors, Actors, Producers and Screenwriters joined to inaugaurate the Bare Bones Script-2-Screen Tulsa Fest in the largest gathering of independent filmmakers in Tulsa's history.
The scenic OSU Tulsa Campus and the Downtown Ramada Inn proved the perfect locations for three days that changed the Tulsa media landscape.
During the weekend event (Oct. 25-27) Independent film actors, screenwriters, directors, festival directors and producers,screened movies, attended workshops, participated in forum discussions and networked. The festival's opening night was emceed by Darkwood Motion Pictures President and CEO Oscar Ray.
Local television personality Karen Keith welcomed the attendees to Tulsa and read a proclamation from the Mayor declaring October 25, 26 & 27th Bare Bones Script-2-Screen Days.
Academy award winning producer Gray Frederickson whose career spans almost forty years and whose producing credits includes "GodfatherII & III", "Apocalypse Now", "The Outsiders" and over thirty other movies praised the festival and it's organizers and forecast that Oklahoma's film production would eventually rival that of Australia and Canada.
John Wooley, Entertainment Editor was honored for his work is the industry both as a writer and movie producer (Cafe Purgatory). Singer, songwriter Daniel Kleefeld, Carl Adams and Rosemary Mackey, along with local comedian James Shelton wowed the audiences with their impressive abilities.
Kansas City's Brian Cutler whose full length movie "My One and Only" made it's Oklahoma premiere called the Script to Screen Fest the "most inviting and educational atmosphere he had ever seen at a film festival. Brian, a California native who began work in the industry at age two, now owns Kansas City's largest training center for film actors.
Screenwriters Sammy Weygand of Claremore, Pete Sleeper of Edmond, Heid Priddy and Dewey May of Tulsa, presented screenplay readings with the help of local and attending actors. Sammy Weygand's story "Color Blind" set in the 1920's about a Black farmer who raises a white boy, won best screenplay. The movie is scheduled to start production in 2003.
Stephen Perkins (native Tulsan now a Texas resident) movie "Stationery Games" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Picture and Jason Todd Ipson's "Peeping Tom" won Audience Choice Award.
Grand Jury Actor Award went to Peter Hardy of Australia for his role in "Chasing Rabbits" and Audience Choice Award for Best Actor went to Sanford Kelly of Kansas City for his role in "Mechanical Man".
Grand Jury Award for Best Comedy Performance went to Kierran Lee of Kansas City for his role in "My One and Only".
Runner ups for Best Movie were: "The Bearing Wall" by Charles Halpern, "My One and Only"by Brian Cutler, "Rosa Peligrosa"by Kathleen Mullin. Honorable Mentions went to "Stalker: The Movie-Party in the Woods" by GDragonAF and "Blackwood Evil" by Richard & Peggy Catt, and "Fighter's Story" by Peter Zhmutski.
Best Costumed Character Award was won by the Technology of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences for their "Wizard of Oz" Characters & Others, with Runner-up by comedian, James Shelton, for his "Ace Ventura" character.