Uncovering Oklahoma https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com Uncovering Creative Places and People in Oklahoma Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://i0.wp.com/www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-Icon-Logo-for-Uncovering-Oklahoma-2019.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Uncovering Oklahoma https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com 32 32 8768895 3×04 Wagon Trail Tales https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x04-wagon-trail-tales/ https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x04-wagon-trail-tales/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:00:55 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23223 It was June before Sam and the Professor saw each other again. The pandemic didn’t stop the Professor from his research and he was eager to meet Art Peters at the Hinton Historical Museum. 

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Art Peters holds up the lipstick tube he found that he mentioned in the episode - photo by Dennis Spielman
Art Peters holds up the lipstick tube he found that he mentioned in the episode – photo by Dennis Spielman

Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Art Peters at the Hinton Historical Society for the wagon trail tales in this episode. 

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State Fair Food Substitutions Vol. 1 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/state-fair-food-substitutions-vol-1/ https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/state-fair-food-substitutions-vol-1/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:56:33 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23209

In light of the State Fair not happening this year, I visited three different places for fair-inspired food. First up for appetizers there’s the Okie Twinkies from Eddie’s in Edmond, then a turkey leg where the meat slides off the bone from Big O’s Pork and Dreams in Emond, and I end the video with dessert from Contrabandz Ice Cream Lab.

Visit Eddie's for their Okie Twinkies - photo by Dennis Spielman

Visit Eddie’s Bar & Grill for their Okie Twinkies at 2828 E. 2nd Street in Edmond.

Turkey leg from Big O's - photo by Dennis Spielman

Visit Big O’s Pork & Dreams for their Turkey legs on Fridays and Saturdays at 285 S. Santa Fe Avenue in Edmond.

Contrabandz Ice Cream Lab's Red Velvet Rolled Ice Cream Taco in front of the OKC sculpture - photo by Dennis Spielman

Visit the Contrabandz Ice Cream Lab website to find their next location to get their Red Velvet Rolled Ice Cream Taco.


My goal was to have five different places for this collection, but schedules didn’t work out, so I still hope you enjoy this episode! Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for their continued support of making Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Supporters get awesome rewards, like early access to my episodes. Big thanks to my superstar supporters: Revolve Productions and the Keller-Kenton Family. Join today!

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3×03 The Stage is Set at Constantine Theater https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x03-the-stage-is-set-at-constantine-theater/ https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x03-the-stage-is-set-at-constantine-theater/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:15:40 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23138

After getting a fortune from one of those old Zoltar machines, Sam and Geoff visit with Garrett Hartness at the Constantine Theater interview for the history of Pawhuska and stories about the theater. 

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Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Garrett Hartness at the Constantine Theater for setting the stage with great stories within this episode. 

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Women and Music Podcast https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/women-and-music-podcast/ https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/women-and-music-podcast/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:48:40 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23087 Explore the journeys and accomplishments of those in the music industry in this Creator Conversation interview with Alexa Ace and Micayla Chandler about their podcast, Women and Music.

In your own words, what is Women and Music about?

Women and Music is a space where we celebrate the journeys and accomplishments of those in the music industry, from artists to managers and everyone in between. Knowing there’s no clear steps to getting into the music business, we talk about the paths individuals took to get to where they are while hopefully providing insights and resources for people looking to get into the business one way or another.

Who is the podcast intended for?

We think everyone can relate to Women and Music; whether you’re looking to hear from a new artist talk about what it takes to make it; or hear some of the stories tour photographers have to share; Women and Music is a place for everyone.

Why did you want to start the podcast?

AA: We wanted to directly connect women and their voices to an eager audience. Gold Hand Girls has been around for four years now, and it was time for us to establish ourselves as a proper multimedia community. Women and Music is one of many ideas in which we hope to help provide opportunity for those in the industry. Short story, we’re just getting started.

What’s a good episode for first time listeners to check out?

AA: Gurj Bassi. Gurj is a prime example of a badass woman in the music industry – she’s the Head of Music Marketing and Partnerships at Sirius XM! I had the chance to work with Gurj when I was freelancing for Pandora, and her composure left me beyond inspired. What a woman!

MC: I’d also recommend diving into our very first episode featuring Sizzy Rocket. This episode gives listeners the opportunity to get to know an artist on a deeper level. We chat about the meaning behind Sizzy’s music (including a song about Tulsa, OK), what the hustle of being an independent musician looks like and how to embody a rebel spirit in your daily life.

What have been some challenges and lessons learned in the production of your podcast?

AA: If we’re being real, starting a podcast is difficult in general. We didn’t just wake up and decide to start a podcast. Micayla and I first sat down to start planning our podcast back in October 2019, and just recently launched last month. With no overhead capital, we’ve taught ourselves how to wear all hats other than producing. We’ve learned the in’s and out’s of recording as well as learned what it takes to pitch artists to be guests.

MC: And we’re still learning!

AA: It sounds simple but when we’re both Geminis creating evergreen content, well, things have to be laid out months ahead, including how you’re going to pay for studio time, equipment, advertising, a producer and then some. That’s why we started a Patreon page, giving our incredible fans an opportunity to access more content! From exclusive behind-the-scenes to creative Instagram Wallpapers and more available only on Patreon, we hope to inspire our followers to reach for their dreams while we share with them ours. These funds will also allow us to focus on creating more content and expanding our team. Membership levels begin at $5 a month.

Any behind-the-scenes stories you wish to share?

AA: The very first time we were ever put in front of a mic, we were also recording our first episode with Sizzy Rocket. So when we say it’s our first podcast ever we REALLY mean it. Not to mention, we probably did a solid five minutes of extreme dancing before recording.

MC: A really special moment was when Alexa and I first heard our podcast intro. After a few weeks working on finding a powerful sound that mirrored the mood we were aiming to set on Women and Music, we decided to record our intro to hear how it sounded. We put our headphones on and bursted into tears. It was a rewarding and emotional moment because everything we had been working months to produce was finally coming to realization. We created something tangible that others could experience. It’s a memory I’ll always cherish.

What do you hope people will take away after listening to your podcast?

AA: I hope they find inspiration. Our most recent podcast episode is with rock journalist Erica Campbell. She’s been featured on Nylon, LadyGunn, The Huffington Post and more. She’s awesome and also discusses how as a black woman she never saw someone like her doing the job she wanted. She’s an example of positive change. Erica became what she wanted to see!

MC: Dream! Dream as big as possible then don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way of accomplishing your goals. For us, that dream is to shine a light on individuals who are leading, uplifting and challenging the music industry. Having a career in music doesn’t have a singular path so we’re here to celebrate and explore the music profession as a whole. We hope you find a spark within to chase after your own desires along the way.

Anything else you want to say or let people know?

AA: The music industry will come out of 2020 strong, and this time women will be on top.

MC: We are proud to call Oklahoma our home and are excited to be shaking up a conversation through Women and Music right here in our own state! But like Ace said, we’re just getting started!


Alexa Ace

Entrepreneur, published music photographer and women’s rights activist Alexa Ace founded Gold Hand Girls in 2016 after discovering the lack of women in positions of power within the music industry. While simultaneously driving the Gold Hand Girls’ mission, Alexa Ace moved to London in pursuit of her own dream in the music industry where she gained experience managing artists and photographing wide-scale artists such as Billie Eilish, P!nk, Nile Rodgers and more, leading to a freelance photographer role for Pandora Radio and Lead Photographer of the Oklahoma Gazette at age 23 in 2018. Alexa is based out of Oklahoma and holds a B.A.S. in Music Business from The Academy of Contemporary Music (US). 

Micayla Chandler

Award-winning public relations agent and entrepreneur Micayla Chandler is the Director of Operations for Gold Hand Girls, overseeing day-to-day operations and marketing of the powerhouse platform. With experience leading innovative marketing campaigns for nationally touring artists, including Lana Del Rey, Post Malone, The Killers, Kane Brown and many more, Micayla brings a creative focus and genuine love of music to Gold Hand Girls. Micayla has held positions for various festivals, amphitheaters, music venues and more, spanning different genres of music from rock to country and indie. Micayla holds a B.A. in Public Relations with an emphasis in Communication from The University of Oklahoma.


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3×02 Welcome to Bartlesville https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x02-welcome-to-bartlesville/ Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:07:00 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23080

With a full schedule, Sam and Geoff arrive in Bartlesville for various ghost stories about the town and visit a mysterious attraction. 

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Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Tim, Michelle, Norma, Jessie, and Maria Gus for sharing stories with us. We’d also like to thank Visit Bartlesville for the interview connections. 

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Not Cho Cheesecake https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/not-cho-cheesecake/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:31:50 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=23002

After visiting a cheesecake bakery out of state, Shoshianna Moore was inspired to start one in Bethany. Not Cho Cheesecake is a place along Route 66 where you come in with a sweet tooth and leave as family.

Visit Not Cho Cheesecake at 3933 N. College Avenue in Bethany, Oklahoma or online at https://www.notchocheesecake.com

Shoshianna Moore and Glen Whitaker standing inside Not Cho Cheesecake - photo by Dennis Spielman

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3×01 Claims of Ghosts in McClain County https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/3x01-claims-of-ghosts-in-mcclain-county/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:58:34 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22932

The journey for the third season of ghost stories, urban legends, and local history began on a dark, January night. Sam Saxton and Professor Geoff DeRoot traveled to Purcell to visit the McClain County Historical & Genealogical Society & Museum for stories about the country and a chance to see the ghost of Mr. McClain. 

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Photo of Lawmen destroying whiskey still

Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine.

We would like to thank Pam Hobbs for sharing stories with us.

If you love what we’re doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to other shows from The Show Starts Now Studios, including Uncovering Oklahoma!

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Shop Contemporary https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/09/shop-contemporary/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:39:22 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22917

Get a tour of the new Shop Contemporary retail space with manager Garrett Colton in this video presented by Oklahoma Contemporary. As Garrett shares, “The premise behind the shop is a microcosm of what we’re doing as an arts organization.”

Be sure to make your limited-access reservation to safety visit Bright Golden Haze, Shadow on the Glare, and their new facilities. Until you’re able to visit Oklahoma Contemporary, you also can shop online at https://oklahomacontemporary.org/discover/shop


Thank you to Oklahoma Contemporary for their support with this feature. Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for their continued support of making Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Supporters get awesome rewards, like early access to my episodes. Big thanks to superstar supporters: Revolve Productions and the Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family.

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Monday Music Discovery for August 31, 2020 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/08/monday-music-discovery-for-august-31-2020/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 20:21:19 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22871 Welcome to the Monday Music Discovery, a weekly mixtape of both new music video videos and singles of all genres of music by local bands in Oklahoma. In today’s Monday Music Discovery, enjoy new music from Channel 13, Marlik Depp, Deadweek, and The Imaginaries. If you’re interested in having your music video or new single highlighted, connect here.

Place I’m Missing by Channel 13

Artist Statement: We wrote “Place I’m Missing” at the beginning of quarantine while reminiscing on the places we wanted to go, people we longed to see, and late nights filled with adventure and memories. This song takes us back to these things we’ve missed so much during these challenging times, and we hope that even for just a few minutes it can take you somewhere too. “Place I’m Missing” is an early single release & feature track off our first EP “Nights Like This” set to release September 18th.

Noceur by Marlik Depp

Artist Statement: Marlik found his love for music at the early age of 10. He started playing the viola after being inspired by one of his favorite musicians, Max Ricther. He joined the orchestra at his school and his passion for making and appreciating music began to grow. At age 12, he began playing piano and discovered pianists, whom now are his biggest inspiration, such as Ludivico Einaudi, Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. 

Playing and creating has become a therapeutic process for Marlik because he feels as though he can express his feelings through his music. To him, music should make you want to feel something.

His work is mostly piano with a neo-classical influence, but also with an ambient, chill vibe.

Purple Light by Deadweek

Artist Statement: Purple Light was written to embody a warm feeling or soothing relief when you are feeling down.

When lead singer Zola wrote the lyrics for Purple Light he was feeling very sad with life. Nothing was going right and he didn’t know what to do. One night he was driving and off in the distance he saw what appeared to be a purple light and he immediately felt relief and calm again, like everything was right in his world.

Our hope is that once you hear this song, anything that may be troubling you slowly washes away and you too can feel the same comfort that Zola felt.

Walking On A Wire by The Imaginaries

Artist Statement: Walking On A Wire “is about the balancing act that artists face daily,” says Maggie McClure. “It’s about opportunities that we’ve been given that have been taken away due to circumstances completely out of our control. But it’s also a song about keeping the faith and staying the course, no matter what.”

The video, which once again pairs the duo with director Reagan Elkins who directed their previous two videos “Revival” and “Thinking ‘Bout You”, shows the couple separated and lost wandering through the desert in search for each other. They are both physically and mentally struggling to figure out where they are and what to do next. Through imagery and symbolism to represent the struggles they’ve been through the past year; they receive glimpses of hope that they will find each other that unfortunately vanish right before their eyes. They are hanging on by a thread, being pushed to the limits, but never actually give up their search for enlightenment and one another. Will they find each other? Fans will need to watch the video to find out.

The video was shot over two days in Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka, OK. With over 1,600 acres of sand dunes, ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet, the vast dunes have formed over time from terrace deposits, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area. They also shot some scenes in Fairview, OK at the majestic Gloss Mountain State Park, sometimes called the Glass Mountains because it has a high Selenite content that mimics a shiny glass exterior.


Get your music video or new single featured in the Monday Music Discovery series by connecting here.

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Up-Down https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/08/up-down/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:04:02 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22746

Here’s a quick first look of the new two-story arcade bar, Up-Down in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. In addition to the classic and modern arcade games, Up-Down has a wide selection of local craft beers on tap, cocktails, and in-house made pizza.

Visit them at 1629 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City or learn more online at updownarcadebar.com

A selection of arcade games on the second story of Up-Down in Oklahoma City

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Shifter https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/08/shifter/ Tue, 18 Aug 2020 18:39:52 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22712 In this Creator Conversation, several members of the cast and crew of Shifter share their stories and insight into the time-traveling horror film.

Tell me a bit about yourself and your role with Shifter.

Zachary Burns: My name is Zachary Burns, co-founder of Planet Thunder Productions, and I was a producer on Shifter.

Jacob Leighton Burns: I’m a filmmaker based in Oklahoma and the writer/director of Shifter. 

Nicole Fancher: I play Theresa Chaney, an awkward young scientist who invents a time travel device and uses it on herself.

Ashley Mandanas: My name is Ashley J. Mandanas, or AJ for short, and I play Blake Douglass in Shifter. I’m a non-binary, Asian artist: actor, singer, dancer, aerialist, yogi, ukulele strummer, writer, and cat mom. 

Leesa Neidel: My name is Leesa Neidel.  I’ve been married to my husband for 21 years and we have two daughters!!  My oldest shows cattle and goats and my youngest is in cheer and soccer!  My husband is an OKC firefighter!  When we aren’t at livestock shows and games, you can catch us at the lake!  I’ve been an actress for six years and I’m a member of SAG-AFTRA.  My role in Shifter is the warehouse manager.  Felicia is a no-nonsense supervisor that has very little patience.  She just wants everyone to do their job.  When she feels Theresa is slacking she definitely gets on her case about it!

T h e r e s a C h a n e y ( N i c o l e F a n c h e r ) c o n t e m p l a t e s w h a t t o d o n e x t i n S h i f t e r . P h o t o b y Z a c h a r y B u r n s

If you could painlessly travel anywhere in time and space for a visit, when and where would you go and why?

ZB: Time travel anywhere and anytime without consequence? I love movies too much so I might go back to see some of the world premieres of some of my favorite movies haha. I’d hit up the big ones like the original Star Wars in 1977, but I’d also love to check out the premieres of Gojira in 1954, and the original silent version of The Phantom of the Opera in 1925. I just think it would be fascinating to see these iconic movies with their premiere audiences within their historical context. Like I said, I love movies too much haha.

JLB: Similar to Zachary’s answer, but I’d love to go back and watch those films get made! To have a chance to hang out on set while filmmakers like Fritz Lang or Alfred Hitchcock or Akira Kurosawa directs and carefully watch how they made true movie magic? My god, that would be amazing!

NF: I think it would be fun to travel to the fifties and have a classic soda at a soda fountain counter, wearing a poodle skirt and saddleback shoes. 

AM: It would be a dream come true to visit the moon. People say, “shoot for the moon, and you’ll land amongst the stars.” But I only want the moon. The moon, the moon, and nothing but the moon. 

What’s your synopsis for the feature film?

ZB: Shifter is about a young woman struggling with the horrible and painful consequences of becoming unstuck in time.

NF: Lonely girl and her cat use time travel device she created. Shift gets real.

AM: Follow Theresa down a macabre rabbit hole of isolation, scientific breakthrough, and deep, visceral regret. This is a story of a love affair between what is real and what is impossibly out of reach. Recipe: Take time travel and body horror and blend them together, add cat. 

Why do you think people should watch it?

ZB: I think there’s a lot people can get out of Shifter. Primarily I think we’ve come up with a unique take on the time travel genre that people may not have seen before. We approached it from a character perspective as opposed to a time loop or puzzle box approach that is maybe more common to the genre. Because of that we were able to touch upon some themes such as grief and isolation that you don’t usually get to explore in how it relates to time travel.

JLB: Because reviews have called it “a painful and poignant journey through space and time that is both harrowing and cathartic to watch”! But really, a ton of amazing people helped create this unique take on the time travel genre, and this is a great opportunity to support them and indie okie filmmaking. 

NF: It’s a mashup of genres: sci-fi, time travel, horror, and romantic comedy. So there’s something for everyone.

AM: In the time of the current pandemic, it’s really hard to make meaningful connections with others. Theresa’s life becomes a series of jumbled connections that never really end up panning out. Playing Blake in the movie, I really got to play with what it was like to be ghosted by someone as (SPOILER) Theresa slowly disappeared into thin air. And the movie constantly stirs around the question of perception: was that a ghost, or was that a time traveler? It’s really interesting what people tell themselves to justify what horrors they’ve seen. 

Where was the movie filmed?

ZB: Shifter was filmed entirely in Oklahoma, primarily in Guthrie and Oklahoma City, with tiny scenes here and there that were shot in El Reno and Midwest City.

NF: Guthrie and the surrounding OKC area.

AM: In good ol’ Oklahoma, babyyyy!!! Nowhere better to film! Make regional film! I’ll shout that from the mountaintops. 

What were some of your favorite scenes and/or locations to film? 

ZB: Personally I loved filming at our factory location. We were there for a day and a half, which was originally supposed to be two full days but an ice storm cut one of our days short haha. But I just loved the look of that place and the people there were so easy and fun to work with. And plus they had that excellent freight elevator, which was something we specifically wrote a new scene for just so we could use it in the movie!

NF: Definitely the scenes with the cat, Cleo! I also enjoyed all the scenes with the other actors for different reasons. Filming at the factory and using the metalworking machine was also really cool (albeit a bit intimidating haha)! 

AM: I got to film an intimate scene that turned into a horror scene!! It was exhilarating and wonderful. It’s in my top 3 favorite scenes to have acted. 

LN: My overall favorite scene of the movie is when Theresa is in the theater and starts to shift.  They did this cool thing where it looks like the monster on the screen comes through Theresa’s disappearing body!!  SO awesome!!  My favorite scene that I filmed was the one on the elevator with Nicole Fancher (Theresa) where I’m basically chewing her up one side and down the other!!  It’s just a cool shot!  I also say a line during that scene that has become probably one of my most favorite lines I’ve ever had in anything!  “…I might be small, but I can rip a damn arm off!”  I sound so tough!!!  Love it!

What was the greatest challenge you overcame in this production?

ZB: Well, remember that ice storm I just mentioned? We were filming what was supposed to be the first of two full days at the factory location, we had only been there maybe three hours, and then the executive director came up to me and said, “There’s an ice storm headed our way so we’re closing the place down and sending everyone home.” And very naively I asked “What does that mean for us?” to which she plainly replied, “You have to leave.” So here we are only barely having gotten our day started and we had to shut down production and spend the rest of the day paying very close attention to the weather and coordinating how to make up for our lost time. Thankfully the ice storm wasn’t too bad and we were able to return to the factory the next day and because we had the best cast and crew ever assembled we were somehow able to shoot a day and a half’s worth of scenes all in that one day. Definitely one of my most stressful and also most proud moments from this production.

NF: Like Theresa, I was dealing with my body betraying me–I was recovering from a series of accidents which had resulted in concussions and neck injuries, so had a pretty bad migraine and neck pain, and nerve problems. But at least it helped contribute to my portrayal of the character!

AM: So… I wasn’t the original Blake. I took over the role after the original actor that was cast moved away to film something else. The original Blake identifies as male. I was born biologically female and identify as non-binary. So obviously, the gender of the role changing had a huge effect on the film and the relationship between Theresa and Blake in general. I’ve heard some people say that the movie is trying to be woke and missing the mark by kind of demonizing men and making the most meaningful relationship with the female protagonist a female as well. But that’s really not the point. With everything having the potential to be politicized these days, I found it difficult to see the story change by accepting the role. I wasn’t sure if it was the right move. But I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m ecstatic to be a part of this film and the crazy journey it’s had. I stand by the story and my performance therein, and I stand by everyone who made the film what it is.

LN: We were all set to begin filming the first scene of the day.  The cameras and lighting were ready, everyone was in wardrobe, and we had rehearsed!  And then along comes what was supposed to be a big snowstorm!  We had to stop everything, pack up and head out because the location we were using was closing due to the impending storm!  We only had the location for two days, I believe, and now one of the days was ending way short!  The most frustrating thing was that we ended up barely even getting a dusting of snow!!  But, I’m glad the roads weren’t affected, because the next day we were all able to get to set and you better bet, we all came with our “A-game”!   

Any behind-the-scenes stories you wish to share or things you learned from making this project?

ZB: One of the common sayings about filmmaking is to never work with kids or animals on set, and on Shifter I learned how true that is haha, at least when it comes to animals. We had quite the prominent role for a cat in this movie which we knew was going to be a challenge, and we had no idea how right we would be because, as well all know, there’s only so much you can do to “control” a cat. Thankfully we never needed the cat to do anything too challenging or specific on set so we were able to shoot everything we needed with her primarily all in one day. Any more than that and I might have pulled out all my hair by the end of production, haha.

NF: We shot through pretty cold weather including an ice storm–our cast and crew were badass and powered through. I learned that it’s amazing what can happen when a film of our size gets the support of the local film community.

AM: Oh man, I’m sure Nicole has a bunch of stories about working in the dead of winter in a literal barn. But whenever we filmed the scene outside the library when I ask her out, it was still super cold. Acting like it’s warm outside when it’s literally freezing is no joke. There are some moments in that scene where my character’s nervousness looks a bit like I might be shivering (don’t tell anyone; I’m a good actor, I promise!). 


LN: That same scene (Elevator Scene) lends itself to this question, as well!  In the scene at the end I have to pull the elevator door up so we could exit. Well, I couldn’t even budge it at first it was SO heavy!!  I’m pretty sure I even ruined a couple of really good takes due to not being able to lift it!  Jacob and the team were so cool and super patient about it though!  Eventually I got my legs into it and put every bit of strength I had and we got the shot-lol!!  Needless to say I got an arm workout that day on set!

Anything else you want to say or let people know?

ZB: I just want to thank all of our amazing IndieGoGo contributors. The entire budget for Shifter came from a crowdfunding campaign we ran in the summer of 2018, which means this movie literally would not have been made without the incredible and generous support of our contributors. It’s only because of them that we have a movie at all. I hope they like it! And to anyone just finding the movie now, I hope you like it too.

JLB: Oklahoma is the only place we could have made this film, and we are so so so grateful to everyone who helped make it happen!

NF: Please watch the film and leave a review on Amazon or iTunes–it would be super helpful!

AM: I’ve heard some people say in reviews that the women of this film are “odd looking.” If by “odd looking,” you mean we look like human beings, then thank you. That’s what we are. There’s a standard of beauty held by Hollywood that is incredibly exclusive, unrealistic, and damaging. And I’m glad to be a part of the “odd looking” crowd acting in movies that bring my “odd looking”-ness more into mainstream avenues. I’m proud to represent “odd looking” people, and I will continue to put myself out there so that every other “odd looking” person can see me, see themselves in me, and feel validated for once and NOT down-trodden. I fancy myself an advocate for the “odd looking” in all of us. 


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Aqueous by Jen Lewin https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/08/aqueous-by-jen-lewin/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:09:33 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22640

Dance, play, or walk on the interactive art piece, Aqueous by Jen Lewin, outside Oklahoma Contemporary for a colorful experience in Downtown Oklahoma City.

Visit Aqueous for yourself at Campbell Art Park at 1146 North Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City every night until 11 p.m. until October 19, 2020. Oklahoma Contemporary asks that visitors wear masks and observe social distancing practices. Learn more at OklahomaContemporary.org

Huge thanks to Jen Lewin Studio for sponsoring this video and having me out to film the art! Learn more about the new media and interactive sculptor at https://www.jenlewinstudio.com/ or watch the included TED Talk below.

Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for their continued support of making Uncovering Oklahoma possible! Supporters get awesome rewards, like early access to my episodes. Big thanks to superstar supporters: Revolve Productions and the Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family.

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Monday Music Discovery for August 3, 2020 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/08/monday-music-discovery-for-august-3-2020/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:37:18 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22520 Welcome to the Monday Music Discovery, a weekly mixtape of both new music video videos and singles of all genres of music by local bands in Oklahoma. In today’s Monday Music Discovery, enjoy new music from The Blue Hues and Deadweek. If you’re interested in having your music video or new single highlighted, connect here.

Elevator Thump by The Blue Hues

Artist Statement: Elevator Thump holds a special place with the band because its the song that brought us together. Band member, Wyatt Hargrove, wrote the tune about a year before release but wasn’t confident that he would be able to sing the falsetto vocals that he envisioned for the song. After asking fellow University of Tulsa student, Caleb Ricketts, to record the song, they planted the seed that would blossom from a silly song project to their journey to making a full-fledged album and forming their band, The Blue Hues. 

Hargrove wrote the song about the elevator and its infamous “thumping” sound in the John Mabee male dormitory. The song gives the humorous tale of wanting to do your laundry in the dorm basement all while being terrified of the elevator and the horrible sounds it made while in use, fearing that they may never reach that “paradise of Tide, Clorox, and Wisk”. 

The song was written in the style of elevator music so as to be in itself a “meta-joke”. The lounge vocals, opening bass solo, and the spacey synth solo are all characteristics of the new band that strives to blend the old with the new.

In The Deep by Deadweek

Why are we expected to fall in line with the mediocrity around us? Refusing societal norms is just another Friday – in this case, July 31st – for dream rock garage band Deadweek. The band’s punk influence can be felt with their new single “In The Deep” which reminds us to be who we are and not let our environment change that. 


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The Study https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/07/the-study/ Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:32:04 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22494

The Study is a wine pub with a coffeehouse vibe and no pretentious attitudes. In this interview with co-owner Ian Bennett, Ian provides an overview of the Film Row venue, what types of drinks they offer, how they’re able to provide over 60 wines, and their cozy design. Plus, Ian goes over their COVID-19 policies and practices.

Visit The Study online at http://thestudyokc.com or at 701 West Sheridan Avenue in Oklahoma City’s Film Row district.

Photo of Ian Bennett inside one of the rooms of The Study - Photo by Dennis Spielman

Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible, especially during these times! Supporters get awesome rewards, like early access to my episodes. Big thanks to superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions. You can join me and get exclusive access to the un-cut interview with Ian.

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Monday Music Discovery for July 27, 2020 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/07/monday-music-discovery-for-july-27-2020/ Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:40:00 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22492 Welcome to the Monday Music Discovery, a weekly mixtape of both new music video videos and singles of all genres of music by local bands in Oklahoma. In today’s Monday Music Discovery, enjoy new music from stepmom. If you’re interested in having your music video or new single highlighted, connect here.

Vampires by stepmom

stepmom’s new single, Vampires! The single was produced by Tyler Garcia at 33rd st studio and mastered by Kevin Lively! 


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Winchester Drive-In Theatre https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/07/winchester-drive-in-theatre/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:15:36 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22372

Keeping the tradition alive started by the Shanbour family in 1968, The Winchester Drive-In Theatre in Oklahoma City brings families together for a night under the stars and a giant movie screen. Austin Edwards, Jeff Massad, and Erich Massad give advice for those that have never experienced a drive-in before, what to expect, and their food offerings.

In regards to COVID-19 precautions, the Winchester Drive-In is only showing one movie, requiring masks when visiting the concession, and partaking in social distancing and strict sanitary guidelines. For the latest guidelines, visit their website or Facebook page.

As for my “reopening” plans here at Uncovering Oklahoma, I’m carefully easing back into filming new episodes. With all of the uncertainty, especially with businesses closing temporary or permanently, and with me taking on more freelance work, episodes will be less common for the time being.

Pizza at the Winchester Drive-In Theatre - photo by Dennis Spielman
Chicken Basket at at the Winchester Drive-In Theatre - photo by Dennis Spielman

Visit the Winchester Drive-In Theatre online at https://winchesterdrive-in.com or at 6930 South Western Avenue in Oklahoma City.


Thank you to my supporters on Patreon for helping to make Uncovering Oklahoma possible, especially during this time! Supporters get awesome rewards, like early access to my episodes. Big thanks to superstar supporters: Lynn and Steve Keller-Kenton Family and Revolve Productions.

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Monday Music Discovery for June 29, 2020 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/06/monday-music-discovery-for-june-29-2020/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:59:50 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22362 Welcome to the Monday Music Discovery, a weekly mixtape of both new music video videos and singles of all genres of music by local bands in Oklahoma. In today’s Monday Music Discovery, enjoy new music from Salem Blue, The Imaginaries, Justin Logan, and Jabee. If you’re interested in having your music video or new single highlighted, connect here.

Around in My Head by Salem Blue

Artist Statement: Around in My Head is about heading down a dark path in life, and feeling so overwhelmed and swept up by it that you no longer feel like yourself. It’s a little bit of a journey and, in the end, a moment of reflection where you realize you’ve completely changed into someone you don’t want to be.

Revival by The Imaginaries

Artist Statement: Oklahoma Americana husband/wife duo, The Imaginaries, Shane Henry (guitar, vocals), and Maggie McClure (keys, piano, vocals), release their latest single “Revival.”

The video shows the duo on the run after quitting their outlaw lifestyle to live up to their true calling of spreading their newfound message of love, faith, perseverance, and positivity through their music. “’Revival’ is a spiritual song about finding hope and salvation,” says Maggie and Shane. “Our faith has an impact on our everyday lives and in our songwriting. ‘Revival’ is complete with biblical references from ‘not storing up treasures on earth,’ the warnings of ‘the love of money,’ and the mission of ‘spreading the good news.’ We all need a revival now more than ever!”

American Songwriter says, “Presented with a brief but instantly adventurous and gripping introduction for the first two minutes of the video, once the music of ‘Revival’ kicks in, the full strength of The Imaginaries’ musical skill…from delta blues to harmonizing gospel, to a touch of outlaw country colliding with Baptist lyrical metaphors. Moment to moment, the energy and performance personality put forth by McClure and Henry also flash moments reflecting Lindi Ortega’s vintage, southern-focused sound and aesthetic, Miranda Lambert’s unyielding vocal sass, Dan Tyminski’s unapologetically religious-minded messaging, and James Bay’s slick but sensitive crooning.”

Get It Right by Justin Logan

Artist Statement: Get It Right is the second single from Ada native Justin Logan. The track is a contrast to the first single, Dust, illustrating both the songwriting range of the Okie music maker and the wide breadth of influence that informs his music. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Logan performed and recorded every instrument on the track, save a couple of rich and colorful synth parts added by Tulsa’s Andrew Bair, who also mixed the track. The track is available on all major platforms, as well as online at www.justinlogan.us/music

Praying Hands by Jabee

Now Available: “This World is So Fragile and Cruel Im Glad I Got You.”


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Monday Music Discovery for June 15, 2020 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/2020/06/monday-music-discovery-for-june-15-2020/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:49:55 +0000 https://www.uncoveringoklahoma.com/?p=22315 Welcome to the Monday Music Discovery, a weekly mixtape of both new music video videos and singles of all genres of music by local bands in Oklahoma. In today’s Monday Music Discovery, enjoy new music from Salem Blue and Jabee. If you’re interested in having your music video or new single highlighted, connect here.

Clic by Jabee

Artist Statement:  ima keep tellin yall til it. clic

please get the album https://foundation-media.ffm.to/twisfacigigy

SEA by Salem Blue

Artist Statement: Salem Blue was formed in 2019 by local artist/vocalist Sarah Elizabeth and musician/photographer Mikey Hevr. After spending a year writing in the depths of their spare rooms, the duo played an impromptu house show in January 2020 to get some feedback on their music. After much praise from their moms and siblings, they released a demo song on Spotify titled SEA. Driven by a desire to reinvigorate the music scene with their catchy-yet-spooky, dream-pop sound, Salem Blue have their debut official single slated for release on June 19th. With a full EP of songs and debut music video to follow soon after, the band looks forward to making a splash into the alt-pop scene.


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