IP Thirteen Minutes, Inc., in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is pleased to announce the start of production of the feature film “Thirteen Minutes”. Principal photography began in November with Oklahoma City, El Reno and Minco serving as primary locations.
Written, directed and produced by Lindsay Gossling (“Un Traductor”), “Thirteen Minutes” follows four families in a heartland town who are tested in a single day when a tornado hits, which forces their paths to cross and redefines the meaning of survival. Seventy-five percent of the crew, and approximately fifty percent of the cast, are local Oklahoma hires.
The film stars Golden Globe nominated Thora Birch (“The Walking Dead”, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”) joined by Peter Facinelli (“Twilight”), Tony Award nominated and Emmy award winner Anne Heche (“Chicago PD”), Trace Adkins (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Amy Smart (“Road Trip”, “Just Friends”), Will Peltz (“Euphoria”, “Unfriended”), Sofia Vassilieva (“My Sister’s Keeper”) and Paz Vega (“Rambo: Last Blood”). Cassian Elwes (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “Mudbound”) and Travis Farncombe (“Un Traductor”) act as executive producers with Karen Harnisch (“Sleeping Giant”) as producer.
“Oklahoma provides an unrivalled backdrop for ‘Thirteen Minutes’, a grounded natural disaster film that foregrounds the emotional truth of tornados. Filming on location in the heart of Tornado Alley, working with folks who have firsthand experience with the fear, loss and profundity of weather infuses ‘Thirteen Minutes’ with an unprecedented realism uncharacteristic of other films within its genre,” said Harnisch. “We’re honored to be able to work with Oklahoma’s incredibly talented cast, crew and our friends at the Oklahoma Film & Music Office.”
“When we connected with Lindsay Gossling and Karen Harnisch at Sundance, we were able to form relationships and introduce them to the opportunities Oklahoma has to offer,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “This film is a testament to what can happen when our office travels out of state to spread the word about the incredible talent and locations that we have here. It is only fitting that so many local cast and crew have been involved in the telling of a story close to the hearts of many Oklahomans.”
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