By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
You might have a devil of a time seeing “Cowgirls ‘N Angels” locally.
Much of the movie, released last week, was filmed in and around Stillwater in 2010. It stars actors James Cromwell and Bailee Madison. The movie has been released in theaters in Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Edmond, Owasso and Shawnee. However, Stillwater residents are hoping to see the film closer to home.
But Carmike Cinemas, which owns Stillwater’s theater, and Samuel Goldwyn Films, which distributes the film, have not agreed on a financial arrangement to show the movie here.
Senior Film Buyer for Carmike Cinemas Bob Scarborough said the theater chain was one of the first to go digital and that means a virtual print fee required of film companies.
He said the distributors of “Cowgirls ‘N Angels,” Samuel Goldwyn Films, did not want to pay the virtual print fee for the local Carmike 10.
Head of Distribution for Samuel Goldwyn Films Michael Silberman said there were plans in place to have the movie open here May 25, but problems arose.
“Scheduling sometimes can play its hand,” Silberman said. “We were excited that we had a booking in Stillwater for opening weekend (May 25) and then it became a scheduling conflict ... ”
Silberman explained that 35 mm prints of movies were shown in one theater and shipped to the next for a low price. Not so with digital versions.
“It now costs $1,100 to just get the film digitally into a theater again,” Silberman said.
He said they are working with Carmike to get the movie to Stillwater.
“We’re trying to figure out how to do that in an economically viable way,” Silberman said.
Despite excellent ratings on movie review sites like Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has not done well financially, he said. Silberman said the best gross for the film over the weekend was $3,500. But, he realizes there is local interest in the film. He said both sides are trying to figure out a way to make a local showing economically feasible.
“Hopefully, we’ll get this resolved in another week or so and be able to get the ... movie over to Stillwater and people will get to see their film,” Silberman said.