‘Tulsa’ movie will inspire you to always accept that next dance with a loved one

by Jerry Circelli

North Texas Catholic

1/29/2021

scene from Tulsascene from Tulsa

Writer, director, and actor Scott Pryor portrays Tommy Colston, while Livi Birch plays a sassy 9-year-old girl, named Tulsa, in a new film from Pryor Entertainment. “Tulsa” will be available on DVD, through Video On Demand, and private licensing beginning Feb. 2. (images courtesy Pryor Entertainment)

In an era when faith-based movies have become increasingly popular and successful at the box office, another motion-picture gift, “Tulsa,” has come our way. To say that the timing is right for an uplifting Christian film to be released and played in our living rooms is an understatement. Anytime is a good time for God to enter homes across America.

“Tulsa” shows us how God can be at work in our lives at times when we are not even aware of His presence. That’s a good thing to ponder these days.

This new film begins its focus on biker Tommy Colston, a military veteran battling drug and alcohol addictions. The wayward man learns from a social services worker that he has a 9-year-old daughter named Tulsa.

The child had suffered her own share of difficulties before she met the troubled man she came to know as her father. Tulsa’s mother died, prompting the state to place her in a foster home, where she was abused and later removed. A headstrong young lady, who learned from her mother to trust in God, Tulsa is determined to form Tommy into the father he needs to become.

Along the way in this film, viewers witness human frailties that they, themselves, may harbor. They see the father character not as a hero or villain, but as a man fighting his demons as he struggles to make the right choices. He’s not perfect, and the truth is, neither are we.

In this movie, we also see how God has given us gifts in the form of children He brings into this world. And we see also how lack of parental responsibility, child abuse, and the deadly sin of abortion are affronts to all that is good.

“Tulsa” will take you on a two-hour roller coaster ride with the lives of the father and daughter. Just when you think you know where this movie is going, situations change. It is not unlike real life that often takes odd twists and turns, leaving us dazed and confused and turning to God for His help.  

Scott Pryor — the writer, lead actor, and producer of “Tulsa” — is the man who shares life’s trials and tribulations with viewers in this film. Pryor talked to the North Texas Catholic recently about the script and his cinematic endeavors.

A U.S. Marine veteran, Pryor works as trial lawyer when not writing, producing, or starring in films.

Life-challenging and heart-wrenching situations his legal clients have shared with him along the way inspired Pryor’s script writing for “Tulsa.” One case, in particular, dealt with how injury to a child impacted the life of the youngster and her father.

Pryor recalled, “The dad of one of my clients told me, ‘I used to love to take my daughter to the daddy-daughter dance. It was our favorite thing in the world to do. We loved it, and my daughter would just dance the night away. We’d be there the whole time. Then after the injury, we’d be there for five or 10 minutes and we’d have to leave, because she just couldn’t handle it.’”

Tulsa movie poster
movie poster courtesy Pryor Entertainment

A similar scene unfolds in “Tulsa,” as the audience develops a deeper understanding for the characters in the film and the underlying challenges they face.

“That’s the goal — to change people’s lives and get them to sit and ponder their relationships and really connect. We want to educate, we want to inspire, and we want to entertain,” Pryor said.

The confused father character that Pryor portrays in “Tulsa” is one we see with all his faults and shortcomings. It is important to develop characters this way because they are more true-to-life, Pryor said.

“There’s this avatar on social media that so many people portray as this perfect life, as far as what they look like,” Pryor said. “They’re in Paris at a café sipping their espresso, jet-setting around the world, and this is their everyday life. The sad part is that this is not reality.”

Pryor continued, “This can certainly disconnect you because you’re comparing your life to something that’s not real. Conversely, with the characters in the stories that we portray, the connection from the audience to the characters in the film is through their weakness and vulnerabilities.

“It is through humility and not hubris that we connect with people,” Pryor said.

“Right now, people out there are suffering with PTSD, they suffer with guilt over traumas they’ve been involved in, they suffer with drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, so many things on a day-to-day basis,” Pryor continued.

These are some of the issues with which Pryor deals in his films.

Pryor said his most powerful inspiration to continue making such movies comes in the form of feedback he receives from moviegoers. In two instances, Pryor said, he heard from people who were suicidal and claimed the movie changed their lives. Another testimony came from a man who said the movie inspired him to repair his relationship with his family. Another came from a woman who had turned away from God but wanted to reconnect with her faith. 

“That’s the purpose. That’s the point. That’s a score. That’s the reason for making the film,” Pryor said.

“Throughout the year 2020 and now into 2021, there is so much going on and people are down and they’re depressed and worried about their futures, and the uncertainties. And they’re worried about COVID and getting sick, and they’re worried about their jobs,” Pryor said.

“It seems like there’s an absence of hope,” he added.

“We strategically put “Tulsa” out during COVID knowing that we’d probably take a pretty good punch on the chin financially, but we said, ‘This is what the country needs right now. We need a message of hope, of inspiration, of redemption.’”

Pryor said it is his wish that after people watch “Tulsa,” they react with a sense of urgency to establish strong relationships with their friends, family, and their fellow human beings. “And I hope,” he said, “that people reconnect with God, with their faith in God. That connection is the key.”

“Tulsa” enjoyed a limited showing recently in movie theaters across the country but will be widely distributed beginning February 2 via Video On Demand (VOD) through DirecTV, Dish, iNDEMAND, Amazon, iTunes, Fandango, Google, Vudu, Vubquity, and other services. Churches can also license the film to show to groups at specific locations or through a streaming video link.

For details, visit the Pryor Entertainment website at http://pryorent.com.

View the movie trailer and discover more information at: http://www.tulsathemovie.com

 

scene from movie Tulsa

In an era when faith-based movies have become increasingly popular and successful at the box office, another motion-picture gift, “Tulsa,” has come our way.

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