Producer Christina Oh talks about Making MINARI – Brandy McDonnell interviews

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Although the Oklahoma skies, farmland and woods fill in for Arkansas, achieving authenticity was a high priority for the filmmakers behind Minari.

“I feel like we were telling a unique story in a unique way but that still felt like it would resonate with people. I think we couldn’t be more thrilled and more appreciative of the Oklahoma film community. They were really, really welcoming, and we’re ever grateful,” said producer Christina Oh in a recent interview.

Filmed in the Tulsa area in 2019, Minari has been has steadily winning over moviegoers and earning acclaim over the past year, starting with earning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It has earned nominations for 10 Critics Choice Awards, six Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Oscar buzz continues to build ahead of next month’s nominations announcement for the April 25 Academy Awards.

“Of course, it feels good to receive a lot of accolades. I try not to look at it too much, just because that’s not why I made this – and I don’t think that’s the reason why any of us made this. I think it’s been kind of like a cherry on top,” said Oh, a producer for Brad Pitt’s company Plan B Entertainment. “It’s just been actually really moving to see how this film has resonated with people. Anything else, the accolades and stuff, that’s just a little icing on our cake that we don’t mind. I’m incredibly grateful … and everyone involved really, really, really just worked so hard to try and make this a reality,” said Oh, whose other producing credits include Okja, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and Ad Astra. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.