By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Friday, March 21 will bring the style of old New Orleans to Oklahoma City when Premiere Night on Film Row celebrates the Big Easy with Mardi Gras festivities from 6 – 9 p.m.
The evening’s attitude will be “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” or “let the good times roll.” Film Row is located on West Sheridan Avenue, in downtown OKC between Shartel Ave. & Lee Blvd.
“Mardi gras may be over in New Orleans, but its spirit is blowing into Film Row this month on a southern breeze mon cheir,” said Kendall Brown, executive director of Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO). “Head out of the faubourg (french for suburbs) for beaucoup fun in the Film Row parish.”
Live music, at DC on Film Row, will feature the sounds of New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. There will be a Mardi Gras mask making station pairing the festiveness of New Orleans with the colors and sights of OKC.
IAO will host the talented Oklahoma artist Erin Shaw in the main gallery, with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Teen Advisory Council hosting a group show in the Project Space Gallery.
The Hart Building, KOSU Radio, CMR, AMR, Ferrell Oil AHMM and the deadCENTER Film Festival will be hosting a street party reminiscent of the French Quarter with games of ping pong, cornhole and hopscotch.
Hear the sounds of Norman Zydeco with artist Kyle Reid, who will be performing an acoustic show at 7 p.m. inside the KOSU studios, along with a beer tasting from a local craft brewer. Seating is limited. Retweet @premiereokc and @kosuradio tweets during the week of Premiere to win tickets.
The Hub OKC will feature The Flukes, playing two 30-minute sessions beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be an adult Jenga tournament and a 10 percent discount for anyone who tags their Hub OKC purchase on social media.
Artist Jack Fowler will be featured at Oddfab Design Lab. Fowler’s project, “People I Know” will highlight portraits of friends and locals from the Oklahoma City area.
Elvis joins the festivities at The Paramount OKC with an outdoor showing of “King Creole.” There will be live music by Loose Shoes and improv and standup comedy by Oak city Comedy and a performance by Race Dance group.
Critical Mass Productions, LLC, the first production company to be located on Film Row will offer a birds-eye view of the evenings festivities with Submission Productions’ flying camera aerial footage.
Don V. Stephens III, owner of Critical Mass Productions will host aerial videography demonstrations by producer/director Robert Cook and production services owner, Jon Shryock.
Shryock operates one of the state’s largest film production services businesses and recently added an R/C camera rig to the list of available resources at Jon Shryock, LLC.
“I can’t wait to share Robert’s and Jon’s work with our Premiere guests,” Stephens said. “Some of the best movie moments are created with tools like this, so this will be a rare opportunity for the general public to get a peek into how the magic gets made.”
The images will be displayed on monitors in the Critical Mass lobby for everyone to enjoy.
Southern hospitality will abound via some of Oklahoma City’s best food trucks including Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffles, Kaitiki Ramen, Smokin’ Okies, Roxy’s Ice Cream, Klemm’s SmokeHaus, Off the Hook Seafood, The Crepe Brewers and Huey’s Shaved Ice.
Premiere on Film Row is sponsored by Fowler Honda in Norman.
Now one of the hottest areas in Oklahoma City, Film Row began in 1907 as a film exchange used by studios such as Paramount Pictures, MGM, Universal and Fox. In 2006, the city declared the 42-block section of Oklahoma City the Oklahoma City Film Exchange District.
For more information on Premiere on Film Row, or information on the Individual Artists of Oklahoma, contact Kendall Brown, executive director of IAO, 405-232-6060, or at [email protected]