'Oklahomans Taken For A Ride' film screening on Sat. 8/2 in OKC

Don Grissom film, Oklahomans Taken for a Ride, to be screened Saturday, August 2, in OKC

The film Oklahomans Taken for a Ride will be shown 1 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City . The film highlights the importance of protecting Oklahoma ‘s rail infrastructure and putting it to better use.  The event is being sponsored by the Coalition to Save Union Station Railyard.

This film explores the extent to which Oklahoma City ‘s transportation future is threatened by plans of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to rip out the 12-track Oklahoma City Union Station railyard as a part of the I-40 Crosstown relocation.  The film details ODOT rerouting plans while also detailing efforts to fight the destruction of the railyard.  The video also shows how the facility could be reused as an Oklahoma multi-modal transportation hub.

The filmmaker, Don Grissom, is a graduate of Norman High School .  He worked in film and video production in Washington , D.C. for 28 years, recently returning to Norman in 2007 to continue his documentary career.  He has been involved in the production of One World Quest (Muheim Motion Pictures), Benny Andrews Route 66 Tour (Ogden Museum of Southern Art), Intel Wars (CNN Documentary), Extreme Makeover (ABC), Drugs (Frontline, Resolute Films), and many other films.

A discussion will follow the 24-minute film.

The film is free and the public is invited.

Belle Isle Library is located at 5501 N. Villa in Oklahoma City (on NW Expressway).