"Lone Man's Land" -- A Film Depicting the Difficult Lives of Ranch Families in Oklahoma's Panhandle

Oct 14, 2015

On this edition of ST, we learn about the first-ever Tulsa American Film Festival, which, per its website, "showcases independent feature and short films from across the U.S., highlighting Native American films, Oklahoma-based filmmakers, local student short films, a classic Oklahoma-centric film retrospective in addition to panels and parties." The festival happens later this week, from the 15th through the 18th, with screenings at the Circle Cinema and other events at the Woody Guthrie Center and the Gilcrease Museum. One of our guests is Colleen Thurston, the director of programming for this festival. Our other guest is the Oklahoma-based journalist Sheilah Bright, who's also the co-writer and co-director of one of the works to be shown at the Tulsa American Film Festival. Bright's film, "Lone Man’s Land," is a one-hour documentary feature that profiles the hard lives, changing times, and vexing issues that are confronted today by ranch families living in and around Kenton, Oklahoma (population 20). "Lone Man's Land" will be shown at the Circle tomorrow night, Thursday the 15th, at 6pm. (You can view a trailer for the film here.) Also on our show, commentator Barry Friedman offers a personal essay entitled "103 Miles Between Community Colleges."