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Killers of the Flower Moon

The Historic Impact of “Killers of the Flower Moon” in Oklahoma and the Osage Nation

The largest motion picture to be produced in Oklahoma film history, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is now playing in theatres nationwide. Filmed entirely in Oklahoma, the production of “Killers of the Flower Moon” has had a historic impact throughout the state while bringing attention to this critical chapter of history and the Osage Nation.

“The release of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is a moment in which we must acknowledge the horrors of the past while also looking forward to a bright future for our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell. “The production has changed the film landscape in Oklahoma, signifying to the global motion picture industry what can be accomplished here. ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ contributed the largest economic impact the state has seen from a film, and I am excited to share its powerful story with the world.”

With principal photography beginning in April 2021, “Killers of the Flower Moon” had a qualified direct spend of more than $127 million in Oklahoma and generated an additional $72.3 million in economic output over 154 preparation days and 99 days of filming. The production created more than 470 local career opportunities for crew and an additional 1,200 roles for individuals serving as background talent. Respectfully honoring the origins of this true story, “Killers of the Flower Moon” was filmed in many of the actual communities throughout the Osage Nation where these historic incidents occurred including Pawhuska, Bartlesville, Fairfax and Tulsa.

Produced by Apple Studios with distribution by Paramount Pictures, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) and features an all-star cast including Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Robert De Niro (“Joker”) as well as Lily Gladstone (“First Cow”) and Jesse Plemons (“The Irishman”). The film is based on the best-selling novel by David Grann which tells the true story of the serial murder of citizens of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma known as “The Reign of Terror.” Throughout the film’s development from script to screen, the film’s creative team prioritized working in collaboration with the Osage Nation, who have remained instrumental in providing critical support throughout the entire process as the production sought to portray this moment in history with authenticity, sensitivity and respect to the Osage.

“‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is an Osage story of trust and betrayal as directed by Martin Scorsese. While watching, you need to know that this is a true story. Many Osage lives were lost, and whole family trees were forever altered,” said Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. “The film lays bare the truth and injustices done to us, while challenging history not to be repeated. We honor our ancestors who endured this time by continuing to survive and ensuring our future, guided by our Wahzhazhe culture and traditions.”

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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

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