“Minari” Celebrates World Premiere, Honored with Two Awards at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Filmed in Oklahoma, the A24 and Plan B Entertainment film “Minari” celebrated its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah, January 23 to February 2, 2020. One of 118 feature films to be selected for the prestigious event, “Minari” was honored with two awards – the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic.

Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (“Munyurangabo”, “Lucky Life”), “Minari” tells the story of a Korean father who, in pursuit of the American dream, uproots his family and moves them to a farm in rural Arkansas. The film stars Steven Yeun (“Okja”, “Burning”), Yeri Han (“Sea Fog”), Youn Yuh-Jung (“Sense 8”), Will Patton (“Halloween”), and Scott Haze (“Thank You for Your Service”). A24 financed the film, while Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, produced.

The film began principal photography in the City of Tulsa in July 2019 and employed over 170 Oklahoma industry members while utilizing the services of a number of local businesses for production requirements, such as equipment rentals, lodging and catering. Tulsa served as the primary production hub for “Minari”, which filmed throughout the city and surrounding areas, including Sand Springs, Skiatook, Broken Arrow and Rose, over the course of five weeks.

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About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.orglink.

Image courtesy of A24.