“The Woman at Jacob’s Well” Starts Production in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), with producer Jason Behrman of Highway 9, is pleased to announce the start of production on the animated feature film “The Woman at Jacob’s Well”. The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, administered by OF+MO, and commenced production on December 15, 2016.

In the tradition of William Wyler’s classic “Ben-Hur”, “The Woman at Jacob’s Well” chronicles the transformation of a broken but profoundly strong woman as she encounters an epic moment in history. Rejected by her community but determined to find her own way, this Woman at Jacob’s well encounters Jesus Christ in a scene that many of the time would call scandalous. The aftermath of their exchange transforms the Woman and Her village, redirecting their futures forever. A story of great faith, unconditional acceptance and the healing of broken relationships, “The Woman at Jacob’s Well” seeks to inspire audiences of all ages.

Producer Jason Behrman is an Oklahoma native, born and raised in Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Mellany, a Tulsa native, built their film careers in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2008 when they moved their company back to Oklahoma to raise their children. Behrman is proud to be working with Mark Steele, Kevin Anderson and the amazing animation team at Steelehouse in Tulsa. Behrman and Steelehouse have been collaborating for nearly a decade, and this will be their first animated feature film production which will be animated entirely inside Steelehouse’s downtown Tulsa offices.

“OF+MO has been an absolutely invaluable resource in the process of setting up our independent animated feature in Oklahoma,” said Behrman. “The office has helped me put all the necessary elements in place to make producing a 3D animated feature film in Tulsa possible. The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program is an incredible blessing, as it is making it possible to make a better film and helping keep nearly every dollar of this project inside the Oklahoma state lines.”

“The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program continues to attract a diversity of film productions to our state as seen by ‘The Woman at Jacob’s Well’, the first animated feature film to utilize the program,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We’re thrilled that Oklahoma’s visual artists and production companies such as Steelehouse will showcase our state’s talent as a leading competitor in these advanced fields of animated film production.”

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About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.

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