Family adventure film 'A.R.I.' begins production in Oklahoma
The Adventures of A.R.I, LLC, Ace Entertainment Films Inc. and AZ Films, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, have announced the start of production on the feature film “A.R.I."
The film, which is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by Oklahoma Film + Music Office, began principal photography on March 29, with filming scheduled for multiple locations around the state, including the production’s main hub in the city of Tulsa.
With an almost entirely Oklahoma-based crew, “A.R.I.” marks the second film that Ace Entertainment Films Inc. has produced in Oklahoma, with another production in the pipe line scheduled to shoot later this year, according to a news release.
"We are very excited to be back in the Tulsa region to work and collaborate with the local film crew and community as a whole to bring this family-friendly story to the big screen," said producer Zeus Zamani, who previously produced the films “Coven” and “The Last Exorcist,” both utilizing the state’s film incentive program, in a statement.
Billed as a mixture of films such as “RoboSapien” and “Chappie,” with universal themes such as family values, friendship and courage, “A.R.I.” is a family adventure movie that tells the story of an adventurous teenager who summons the courage to help a friendly robot escape from the clutches of a director that wants to use him as a weapon.
Upon completion of filming in Oklahoma, the film will immediately go into post-production, as the project has already secured pre-sales for distribution in North America, the United Kingdom and France, according to the release.
“We’re extremely grateful to the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture for helping us welcome the production of ‘A.R.I.’ to Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “Tulsa and the surrounding communities continue to provide filmmakers with the resources and infrastructure needed to support production, and will serve to be the perfect backdrop for this family-friendly film.”
For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, go to okfilmmusic.org.