Filmed entirely in nearby Hollis and other areas in Oklahoma, the feature film “Hollis” made its premiere showing in Oklahoma City at the deadCENTER Film Festival in June. For those of you who missed it, a screening of Hollis will be shown at Western Oklahoma State College on Sept. 24. The screening will be held in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Center from 7 to 9:15 p.m., with a post-screening round table discussion.
“We want to use Hollis as a spring board to start a discussion about working in our communities now to give the best and brightest of the next generation reason to stay, serve, and love where they are,” said the film’s producer.
Cost for the Sept. 24 showing in Altus will be $8 per person. You can visit www.hollisfilm.com to purchase tickes and for more information.
The film follows a young man, Darryl, who is forced to make the decision of staying in small town Hollis, Oklahoma to take care of his family versus going off to college to pursue his lifelong dreams.
Should Darryl stay home and protect his brother Hollis, who has cerebral palsy, from his abusive father? Or, should he head off to Duke University to make his dreams come true?
Written and directed by Sonny Priest (of Tall Gardener Motion Pictures), this film showcases a talented cast including Ty Fanning (“Secrets of a Psychopath”, “Home Run”) who plays Darryl, and Matt Altobelli, an OU acting graduate. The film also stars the talented Terry Masters and Cassidee Vandalia (who has acted alongside Javier Bardem in “To the Wonder”).
Produced by Adam Carter of Tall Gardener Motion Pictures, Brian Christopher Cates of Behold Motion Pictures (“Where Was God?”) and Vahid Farzaneh of Freestyle Marketing + Films (“The Posthuman Project,” “No One Knows”) this film is shot entirely in Oklahoma.
“Everything was for Okies by Okies. We shot in Hollis, El Reno, Wellston, near Kingfisher, and all around Oklahoma City. People really opened their doors for us and we felt the support of the communities as a whole,” said writer and director Sonny Priest.
Producer Adam Carter said, “It’s very cool to think that all of this started here in Oklahoma and is now coming to fruition in Oklahoma. I could not be more proud of our team who worked so hard and long for this dream to be realized. We are so excited for the world to see a bit of Oklahoma filmmaking.”