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WHAT’S UP DOC: Doclahoma poised to become the Metro’s first and only documentary film festival

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Doclahoma, OKC's documentary film festival, will be held on Sunday, January 14th at 11:30 A.M.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as a child, Adam Michael Wright was obsessed with the documentary format. From early binges on news programs like 20/20 and 60 Minutes to endless rewatches of Roger and Me while bedridden with mono, he’s managed to turn this obsession into not only a career but a passion he wants to share with other local likeminded film-folk.

As the founder and organizer of Doclahoma, the city’s first and only documentary film festival, he’s excited to bring a wide range of non-fiction films to the city, many of which audiences would never get a chance to see outside of a festival.

“Documentaries invite us into little corners of the world that other films really don’t get access to,” Wright said. “They show us and take us to places and things we wouldn’t know otherwise and the Doclahoma documentary film festival is kind of an anthology of that art form. It’s a one-time opportunity to catch these glimpses into these different little corners of the world.”

Having recently received his Master’s in documentary filmmaking—with a goal of working towards a Doctorate—Wright said what makes these films so consistently intriguing is that it’s a chance to not only learn but “be entertained by things you’d probably never know” if it wasn’t for someone taking the time to take a camera and document it.

“I certainly hope that Doclahoma contributes to the aesthetic tastes of Oklahoman’s reactions to film,” Wright said. “Obviously we have DeadCenter and so on, but there’s nothing that focuses just on documentaries, so I hope that this can broaden some horizons and challenge people’s perspectives about not just about film but also the world. I think that’s what good documentary does.”

Doclahoma will be held this Sunday, January 14th, starting at 11:30 a.m., at the Paramount, 701 W. Sheridan. Admission is free and there will be a full line-up of films until 9:30 p.m. The documentaries will be broken down into different categories ranging from “Not-So-Tragic Biographies” and “Science and Conservation” to “The Dark Side” and “Finding Yourself.” A full line-up is available at

“I think we put a really good program together where every film we’re showing has something to offer in terms of visually or storytelling or content  matter…there’s a lot of levels to watch films and with documentaries, there may be even more levels because of its unique relationship to reality,” Wright added. “You might never get to know and learn about these things ever again, these issues that you will be exposed to. Doclahoma really has something to offer in terms of being both intellectually stimulating and artistically entertaining.”

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