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City of Chickasha Achieves Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Certification

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), in conjunction with the Chickasha Economic Development Council, is proud to announce the City of Chickasha has achieved ‘film friendly’ certification after completing the requirements for OF+MO’s Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Program.

“We’re very excited to welcome the City of Chickasha to our growing roster of certified film friendly communities throughout the state,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “It’s been a pleasure working with Chickasha’s city leadership as they’ve worked hard to diligently support Oklahoma’s film and music industries in a collaborative way that positively impacts and benefits their community.”

The City of Chickasha, known as the “Gateway to Southwest Oklahoma,” offers an array of attractions, dining and shopping experiences that make it a community uniquely its own. Home to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, as well as one of the state’s most popular holiday attractions, the Festival of Light, Chickasha annually attracts artists and visitors throughout the state and region, creating a vibrant art and cultural scene.

In recent years, the City of Chickasha has hosted portions of production on the feature films “Infamous” and “What Josiah Saw,” as well as worked with Oklahoma musicians Maggie McClure and Shane Henry of The Imaginaries to produce the music video for “Hometown Christmas.” The video served as a tourism promotion highlighting a number of the community’s attractions and won the annual Redbud Award for Best Overall Marketing in 2020. This year, the City of Chickasha served as the host community for the Samuel Goldwyn feature film “A Cowgirl’s Song,” and once again collaborated with The Imaginaries on the music video for their new holiday single, “Christmas Town,” which was released earlier this month.

“As a community, we have embraced film and music to help us tell our story of why it makes sense to live, work and play in Chickasha,” said Economic Development Director Jim Cowan. “From feature films like ‘A Cowgirl’s Song’ to the music videos for ‘Hometown Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Town,’ we value the economic impact these productions bring our community and local businesses as well as the positive spotlight shown on our unique attractions and locations. We hope our certification through OF+MO’s Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Program will let everyone in the movie industry know that they are welcome in Chickasha!”

For more information on filming in the City of Chickasha, visit chickashaedc.com.

For more information on OF+MO’s Oklahoma Film Friendly Community program including a list of certified film friendly communities, visit okfilmmusic.org/filmfriendly.

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About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office: Under the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) works to promote the state as a viable hub for film, television and music production as well as further develop opportunities for workforce, business and community growth within these sectors. For more information on the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, including the state’s film incentives and additional resources, visit okfilmmusic.org.

About the Oklahoma Department of Commerce: The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the state. The organization is responsible for supporting local communities, stimulating growth of the existing businesses, attracting new business, and promoting the development and availability of a skilled workforce. Commerce also works to foster an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure in Oklahoma to encourage the start-up of new businesses and partner with communities to ensure existing businesses grow and prosper.

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