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Since 2013, the Red Dirt Film Festival has brought people from around the world to Stillwater. Red Dirt Film Festival hosts a fun-filled weekend complete with diverse films, insightful panels and workshops, networking opportunities, table-reads, nightly parties, and live music. This year, the festival takes place March 1st through the 3rd.

Today, I’m sharing synopsis and press releases I’ve received from filmmakers so far to highlight some of the films showing at the festival this year. If I receive more press releases, I’ll do a part two.


Bartlesville, Oklahoma native Walter Brandes is proud to bring “Kill Al” to Oklahoma for the first time. The sci-fi short, which explores the potential of a soul in artificial intelligence while touching upon timely issues of diversity, acceptance and sexual assault, has won numerous awards; including BEST SCI FI from Paris Independent Film Festival, Genre Celebration Festival in Tokyo, and Highland Park Independent Film Festival, BEST SHORT from Katra Film Festival and Hollywood Dreamz 3rd Annual International Film Festival; BEST FIRSTTIME FILMMAKER from Alameda International Film Festival; BEST ACTOR (Anthony Grasso) from Long Island International Film Expo and Genre Celebration Festival in Tokyo, and BEST DIALOGUE from Hollywood Dreamz 3rd Annual International Film Festival.

“I’m excited to come back to my home state, where my love of acting and science-fiction was born,” said Brandes, who lives in Brookyln, New York, where he is an actor, producer, screenwriter and director. “There is something special about ‘returning to your roots.’ Oklahoma will always have a unique place in my heart and in my success as a filmmaker and writer.”

Memory Box

A man’s visit with a loved one leads to a shattering revelation. MEMORY BOX tells a character-driven story about a father and his son that prompts viewers to think more deeply about the power and mystery of memory. 

This Is Love

THIS IS LOVE with Fox TV comedian Sinbad (Rel), ABC star Marsai Martin (Black-ish, NAACP Image Award winner), the king of funk George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), and starring Oklahoma natives Rudy Love & The Love Family, announces its Oklahoma Premiere at the Red Dirt Film Festival in Stillwater OK this March. Rudy Love & The Love Family will be playing a live concert at Eskimo Joe’s after the premiere.

The film has swept the US and European festival circuit, winning Best International Documentary at Italy’s Rome Independent Film Festival and the Film of the Festival Spirit Award at the Raindance Film Festival in London.

THIS IS LOVE introduces obscure soul singer Rudy Love, whose name the public does might know but whose voice has been influencing them for decades whether they know it or not. Rudy Love was born in Checotah OK and much of his family still resides there, including guitarist Tony Mathews, who is famous not only for his work with Love, but for with the greats such as Ray Charles and Little Richard. The film, from executive producer Shawn Rhodes, is produced by JC Guest and Robert Love and directed by John Alexander. Emily Bonavia, Ann Garvey, Susan Houston and Mick Fleetwood are also executive producing the documentary.

You People

An intelligent, white-washed black youth adopted by a Caucasian family has a crisis of ethnic identity while growing up in white suburbia with his urban culture.


Walkout follows two Oklahoma teachers as they decide to walk out of their classrooms to protest for better funding and pay. You’ve seen the headlines about teacher strikes across the country — this report gives you a personal view into what is motivating teachers across the country to take a stand.

March 1-3, 2019 marks the sixth annual Red Dirt Film Festival, held at the Best Western Cimarron Plus Hotel and Suites located at 315 North Husband Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information, including show schedule, visit

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at