Principal photography is underway in Tulsa on “Body Brokers.” John Swab wrote and directed the movie, based on a true story surrounding a drug and alcohol treatment scheme where former addicts and dealers become millionaires who recruit other addicts to seek treatment and sell these patients to facilities paying the highest price. The movie stars Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo, Emmy nominee Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Alice Englert, Jack Kilmer, Jessica Rothe, and Peter Greene.
“After experiencing the support, investment, local casting and crew, production value, locations, accommodations, food and hospitality that Tulsa and Oklahoma afforded us with ‘Run with the Hunted’ in 2018, John and I felt compelled to return for ‘Body Brokers’, which sees a top notch ensemble cast exposing a predatory contributing factor to the opioid crisis,” said Producer Jeremy M. Rosen.
“Body Brokers” began production in early August with the City of Tulsa serving as the primary production hub throughout filming. The film marks the third production from Swab to be filmed in the area utilizing the state’s film incentive program. Swab also serves as producer on the film alongside Jeremy M. Rosen and Robert Ogden Barnum. The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO.
“We’re thrilled to once again work with Tulsa-native John Swab and his team on this production,” said Abby Kurin, Executive Director of Tulsa FMAC, a division of Tulsa Regional Tourism. “For John to select Tulsa again for the third time is incredible. This is a testament to not only the filmmaker’s love for his hometown, but also the level of professionalism, ease of filming and creativity Tulsa is able to provide productions.”
“The all-around caliber of talent associated with this film is incredible, and we’re proud to once again work with John Swab, Jeremy Rosen and their team to bring this production to fruition in Oklahoma,” said Tava Maloy Sofsky, Directory of OF+MO. “The return of these filmmakers is not only a testament to the effectiveness and stability of the rebate program, but also to our diverse locations, skilled crews and film-friendly businesses that continue to provide support and stability for film production in Oklahoma.”
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