On the Sunny Side

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Photo courtesy BisonBison Film Festival

Support local filmmakers and their work at two festivals this month – the Sunny Side Up, March 23-25 in Ardmore, and the BisonBison, March 30-31 in Ponca City.

Sunny Side Up celebrates its inaugural year in Admore. Organizers Rock and Brenda Whitehead also host the Wild Bunch Film Festival in Willcox, Arizona, and decided to begin one at home for their newest venture.

“Since we’re from Oklahoma, we wanted to start another film festival so we can run two a year,” Rock Whitehead says.

While the Arizona show focuses on the western genre, Sunny Side Up welcomes all genres. Rock encourages local filmmakers to take in the approximately 50 films at the Goddard Center. For more details, turn to page 17 or visit sunnysideupfilmfestival.com.

The BisonBison Film Festival focuses on student filmmakers enrolled in accredited academic programs in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Christina Rich-Splawn, a festival organizer, says the event is a great asset for young, creative minds.

“These college-level students are the future professional artists,” she says. “We want to help nurture their desire to become professional artists, ensuring that thoughtful, educated film making survives and grows.”

Films are screened at the downtown Poncan Theatre. For details, visit bisonbisonfilmfestival.org.

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