Gloria Stella took her small budget Indie, Tulsa, into hundreds of Regal theaters and hundreds more independently owned theaters all across the country. She did it with no real funding and no experience. Armed with the internet, email, the phone and the personal networks of everyone that worked on the film, she secured a US Box Office total for her film of over $400,000 – and that was during Covid. Undoubtedly, she could have done far better with luckier circumstances. Bunker 15 Films sits down with Gloria to talk about how she did it, the lessons she learned and how others could do it too.
Stella is an award-winning producer and director. She co-directs Tulsa which tells the story of a desperate Marine biker’s life who’s turned upside-down when he’s reunited with the sassy 9-year-old daughter he never knew existed.
The production was a story unto itself but the boot-strapped theatrical distribution of Tulsa tells an even more extraordinary story.

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