Movie stars have lead roles in Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

C. Thomas Howell, who came to Oklahoma fame as Ponyboy in The Outsiders, filmed in Tulsa, and Barry Corbin, longtime actor on television and big screen, will headline the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival. The Festival is a celebration of the Nov. 4 birth of Will Rogers on an Oologah Indian Territory ranch — and 101 years since he made his first movie.

The festival concludes a year of observing Will Rogers’ contribution to the movie industry. He had starred in 50 silents and 21 talkies at the time of his death Aug. 15, 1935 in an Alaska air crash.

Howell and Corbin will attend the Red Sash Reception and co-host the Dog iron Awards Ceremony on Nov. 2 when winners of the Festival will be recognized.

The Outsiders was filmed in 1983, but continues to be legendary in Tulsa while the house, where much of the filming took place, is being reopened as a museum.

Corbin, who has visited the Will Rogers Memorial and Birthplace Ranch, received an Emmy nomination for his work on Northern Exposure and appeared in Any Which Way You Can and Lonesome Dove. He is also remembered for roles in Dallas and M*A*S*H* and numerous other television appearances.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Corbin will speak at noon Friday, Nov. 1, at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum abut his short film Trail End.

Terrence Julien, professional stuntman who worked in Black Panther and Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice, will talk about life as a stuntman at noon, Saturday, Nov. 2, at Northeast Career Tech and will attend several of the events.

Ariel Tweto, television personality and star of Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska and co-host of FNX’s Native Shorts, will speak at 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the Claremore Museum of History and co-host the Dog-Irons Awards.

Other special guests include Rikki Masler, casting director and producer, speaking on Insight into the Film Industry at 8 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Claremore Museum of History.

Steven Ray Lindsey, stand-up comic and retired Oklahoma State University professor will talk about Father’s & Favorite Son’s Humor and Awards at noon, Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Memorial Museum.

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