Sapulpa Historical Museum meets Hollywood!

Vintage cars stored at the Sapulpa Historical Museum drove back into history recently when they were filmed for an upcoming movie.

The film, "Billy Fail," is a 90-minute film expected to be completed this summer for submission to a film festival or a movie distributor, said TU Professor Jeff Van Hanken, who is involved in filming the movie.

"This is great. We have a number of old buildings, and I think it's good exposure for us. We like to see Oklahoma being used in the film industry," said Doris Yocham, director of the Sapulpa Historical Museum.

"I think we have talent here, and I'm happy they could use our cars, because that's what our museum is all about."

Sapulpa resident Rusty Snell, auto technician with Cobb's Auto Electric in Sapulpa, said his company has cared for the old cars over the years and prepared them for the film.

He got one thing he hadn't bargained for: He drove the truck in a scene in the movie and shot a gun out of the window.

"No, never done that before," he said of the movie role."It really wasn't planned, but I think they thought it was cool to have someone driving it, and I'm the only one who knows how to drive it. You don't just hop in and take off like a new car."

Part of the film, produced last summer, depicts scenes from the 1930s.

The majority of downtown Sapulpa, including the museum, 100 E. Lee St., was built in the early 1900s, Yocham said.

Yocham said the filmmakers were interested in using the museum's three vintage cars: a 1939 Ford fire truck, a 1922 Buick delivery truck and a 1921 Ford Model A.

She said they also filmed a Mentholatum advertisement painted on a brick building in an alleyway between Water and Park streets.

"Billy Fail" is about the title character, Billy, who lives on a farm that is about to be taken over by the suburbs. When his grandfather dies, Billy has a choice: Go live in the woods or be an orphan.

The woods are filled with ancient people. Caught between the old and new, Billy has to make hard decisions as he grows up.

"We were looking for scenery that looks like it was in the 1930s, and Sapulpa works well," Van Hanken said.

When "Billy Fail" is completed, Van Hanken's company, Healthy Boy, plans to map out a strategy for distribution.
"There are several companies that acquire films to be put on TV or in theaters," he said. The film's director is Ed Ornelas of Los Angeles.

By KRISTINA DUDLEY World Staff Writer

For more information about the film "Billy Fail",
please click here to visit the movie's website.




1921 Ford Model A, on display at
the Sapulpa Historical Museum.

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