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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival
November 4, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will return to Will Rogers Memorial Museum November 3-6, celebrating not only Will’s life as a motion picture star, but his November 4, 1879, birth on an Indian Territory Ranch.
Motion Picture Festival days will be complete with daily showings of Festival entries in the Museum Theatre on November 4-6 and online November 3-8 — and two nights of special movie showings. For the schedule of online film times, please visit www.dogirons.com.
Dog Iron Awards will be announced Saturday, November 6, with a 6 p.m. reception followed by the awards ceremony, both live and virtual. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by visiting www.dogirons.com for purchase and additional information.
Making special online presentations will be Rex Linn, currently cast as the school principal in the popular TV series “Young Sheldon,” and special friend to Oklahoma’s own Reba McEntire; and Bruce Boxleitner, actor and science fiction writer. Barry Corbin, longtime Will Rogers Memorial supporter and movie star, will be a returning presenter
Festival entries in 12 categories have been received from across the United States and foreign countries, according to Tad Jones, Museum executive director. He said daytime Museum admission is free during the Festival in honor of Will Rogers’ 142nd birthday.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be a special free showing on Wednesday, November 3, at 7 p.m. in the Museum Theatre.
Claremore businesses are being encouraged to dress for the Indiana Jones movie with the winner to receive a special Indiana Jones prize, the Museum director said.
There will be be a special free showing of “Voices of World War II” on Thursday, November 4, honoring Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni. Kevin McAfee, film director, will be a special guest. All veterans will be welcomed and honored. Admission is free.
Lea McCormick, who proposed the first-ever Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, will have a free special presentation of Oklahoma Talent at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 5, in the Museum Theatre.
Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will continue a tradition started November 4, 1938, the day the Museum opened. They will pay tribute to Will and his wife, Betty, with a program and placing a wreath at the family tomb at 10 a.m.
Free admission to the Museum is offered November 4, the anniversary of Will’s 142nd birthday, and through November 6.