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Abby Kurin likes all kinds of movies, but she loves those that give her all the feels.

“I have a film studies minor, and I’m a lover of multiple genres, but I was always the rom-com person. I’m a feelings person,” said Kurin, director of the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture.

Defining her desire for immersive experiences, she said: “I like to feel like I’m a part of the movie and can feel for the character and identify with how they feel.”

When Kurin isn’t busy working with location scouts looking to film in the Tulsa area (TV shows, movies, videos and more) or those already filming (like the recent “Run With the Hunted” shoot), she finds her way to local theaters.

For this recurring series of stories, we asked Kurin about all her movie favorites.

What is your favorite movie of all time and why?

Do I really have to pick just one? Okay, “Legally Blonde.” It’s happy, hilarious, sweet, and above all, about a woman who finds her voice, strength, and passion. I’ve even seen the musical on Broadway!

What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen and why?

“Meet the Parents.” Ben Stiller is hilarious. I find something relatable in every character he plays, which always results in a ton of laughs. And his facial expressions are priceless, and say so much.

What is the movie that scared you and why?

This summer, my boyfriend took me to see “Hereditary.” I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it and get freaked out doing so. A thriller with a great soundtrack, it’s excellent and terrifying.

What is the movie that makes you cry, and why?

I recently watched the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and I bawled in the theater. There was ugly crying. Mr. Rogers’ sincere love of humans and kindness was overwhelming in the best way possible.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year, and why?

I had the opportunity to see the premiere of “Come Sunday” at Sundance Film Festival this year, and it was phenomenal. Another example of a wonderful human in Carlton Pearson. They didn’t film in Tulsa, but what a fantastic story being seen around the world about someone from Tulsa.

What is your favorite movie experience, maybe one you saw as a kid, or with friends in summer, or a midnight movie, and what made it so special?

When I was 14, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Europe. We were in Italy and came across a film shooting in Rome. I watched David Duchovny and Minnie Driver and the entire crew film a scene for “Return to Me” and I was hooked. When the film came out the following year, I sat in the theater amazed at how I had that experience, and knew I wanted to be a part of it in some way. When I watch any film that me or my office had a hand in, I still get that same elated feeling.

At the theater: Where do you prefer to sit, and what are your refreshments of choice?

I prefer to sit on the end, near the back. Always popcorn with M&M’s mixed in. The ultimate treat!

What old movie would you love to see on the big-screen, either again or for the first time?

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night” by Frank Capra. I’ve never seen it on the big screen. I watched it in a film class about 12 years ago, and would love to see it again.

What upcoming movie are you looking forward to seeing?

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Mary Poppins Returns.” I’m sensing a nostalgic theme here.

Do you have a favorite movie star whose movies have many times made you go to the theater because you like that person’s films so much?

Reese Witherspoon. Hands down my favorite actress, I’ll see anything she is in.

Is there a director whose films you like so much that you will see any movie that they make?

Nancy Meyers (“The Intern,” “The Holiday”). She’s incredible and I tend to love everything she is attached to. And Nora Ephron (“Sleepless in Seattle”). Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) is the future.

Michael Smith


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