Staying in Oklahoma
As a filmmaker and writer, Lealos is often asked why he doesn't move to Los Angeles or New York or try and get the documentary made in Hollywood.
“One of the winners of the deadCenter Film Festival here in Oklahoma made their movie for around $45,000,” he said. “You couldn't do that in California.”
“In Oklahoma there are a lot more people willing to help to get projects like these off the ground. It becomes sort of a community effort. In other places, it's all about how much you're going to give someone else to help get your movie made. I feel like the filmmakers in Oklahoma are a more artistic community and much more willing to help each other. That makes me feel great to be an artist in Oklahoma because it's actually about the art.”
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