MarVista Entertainment, Strike Accord, Inc. and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) have announced the completion of principal photography on the movie, Great Plains, which shot on location throughout Oklahoma.
Great Plains stars Tara Buck (True Blood) in the lead role of Murel, a tough Oklahoma cowgirl who risks everything, including imprisonment, to protect her son; and Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men, The Artist). Blair Hayes (Night Music) directed from a script he co-wrote with Mike Bencivenga (Happy Hour) from a story by native Oklahoman and Co-Executive Producer Kristofer McNeeley (Caught). Great Plains is produced by Mike Leahy and Lori Leahy, and executive produced by Sharon Bordas and Fernando Szew.
“Kristofer McNeeley has given us a thrilling story of escape and the lengths that a mother will go to in an effort to protect her child, which Mike Bencivenga and Blair Hayes have translated into an incredible script utilizing the colorful locations McNeeley observed growing up in Oklahoma,” said Bordas.
“Bringing Great Plains back to Oklahoma was the only choice for this film,” said McNeeley. “From the moment I picked up the phone to call the Film Commission, I was greeted with open arms – not surprising because that’s just how Oklahomans are. It takes a community to make a film, and Oklahomans know community as well as any people I’ve ever known. It was good for my soul to be home again and I can’t wait to bring more films back and do my part to build the community.”
Great Plains, which took advantage the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, shot in Oklahoma City, Arcadia, Clinton and Okarche. Great Plains, slated for release in 2016, will be distributed globally by MarVista Entertainment.