• Erica Bass

Film Office presents talk for citizens interested in Shawnee's film industry

9/8/2021 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


A Film-Friendly Community presentation featuring guest speaker Yousef Kazemi

from the Oklahoma Film & Music Office on what citizens can expect with film productions in Shawnee on Friday, September 10th from noon to 1:00 pm at 20 West Works Coworking Space, located at 20 W Main St, Suite 109 in downtown Shawnee.



A man crouches in an empty street setting up a large camera in front of an art gallery.
A videographer sets up a camera in front of Arts 317 during the "Help Wanted" production's shoot at Hamburger King. Photo by Ed Bolt.

"This is the first of many opportunities to welcome citizens to the table to learn more about this new industry and the opportunities it holds for Shawnee. We're excited to bring in Mr. Kazemi, who guides this industry at a state level and has a lot of expertise on how rural communities can best benefit from productions." - Erica Bass, Travel Industry Communications Manager at City of Shawnee.


Within the last year, Shawnee welcomed a variety of film and television projections, including the forthcoming feature “Out of Exile” which is previewing next week. Shawnee has a history of working to cultivate the film, television and music industries within their community dating back over ten years ago as host of the former Southern Winds Film Festival to presently serving as home to companies like Outsiders Productions and Grand Casino’s Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter series Play It Loud.


"The Oklahoma Film & Music Office has a lot of resources for us, and we're excited for attendees to have the opportunity to learn about the film process, what sorts of services productions need while they're in town, and also what Shawnee's film permit process requires of productions so that we are ensuring the wellbeing of our citizens and businesses as we bring this industry into our city," - Stacy Cramer-Moore, Director of the Shawnee Film & Music Office.


The talk will also include details about Oklahoma's new state-wide film incentives program, how to get your property listed on Shawnee's database of film locations, how to become an extra or crew member, and more.


All are welcome, but there is limited space. Please RSVP to info@visitshawnee.com for distancing.


For more information on the Shawnee Film and Music Office, visit www.visitshawnee.com/film. For more information on OF+MO’s Oklahoma Film Friendly Community program, visit okfilmmusic.org/filmfriendly.


About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office: Under the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) works to promote the state as a viable hub for film, television and music production as well as further develop opportunities for workforce, business and community growth within these sectors. For more information on the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, including the state's film incentives and additional resources, visit okfilmmusic.org .