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"Boomtown: An American Journey" -- A New Documentary Film about Tulsa

Aired on Monday, July 27th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about a newly created feature-length documentary film, "Boomtown: An American Journey," which depicts the history of the City of Tulsa. Our guests are Russ Kirkpatrick, the producer and executive producer of this film, and Michelle Place, the executive director of The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, which originally commissioned it. "Boomtown: An American Journey" will be screened at the Circle Cinema here in Tulsa later this week, and will also be shown next month on RSU-TV (the television station based at Rogers State University in Claremore). It's a film that, per its Facebook page, "focuses on the history of a city known for extremes: Tulsa, Oklahoma. Interwoven into the fabric of the film is a remarkable retrospective of the famed Mother Road, Route 66; graphic details of arguably the nation's most devastating race riot, the Tulsa Race Riot; the struggles the Muscogee Creek faced during and after the Trail of Tears; the fabulous wealth, architecture, arts, and philanthropy from oil; and the economic results of relying only on oil speculation."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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