Executive Director | Artistic Director
Lance started with deadCenter as a filmmaker and volunteer, screening a short film in 2006, followed by two documentaries, four narrative features, and another short film told through dance. As Executive Director, Lance has grown the Festival from 10,000 to 30,000 people while creating lasting partnerships within the community. As Artistic Director, Lance creates new programs, speaks to civic organizations about film, and travels with Kim across Oklahoma, leading free film classes in high schools, technology centers, and universities. Lance has worked on 20 feature films as director, writer, producer, 1st AD, on-set dresser, props, etc. Lance hails from Alva, Oklahoma, and is a proud graduate of Stanford University.
Director of Programming and Education
Kim is deadCenter’s first employee, and has grown the festival from a hidden gem to a nationally recognized feast of great films, music and pleasure. Kim managed the operations for several years. And, along the way, she developed a taste for independent film that has come to define deadCenter to this day. Kim now oversees programming and heads up our statewide education program.
Kim produced a rock opera, Rainbow Around the Sun, which premiered at SXSW before kicking off deadCenter in 2008. Kim is from Edmond, Oklahoma.
ALYX PICARD DAVIs
Head of Operations/Festival Coordinator
Alyx came on board as our operations manager in 2013, after working part time updating our programming processes and technologies. Alyx was a long-time volunteer in host, events, transportation, and programming. She worked with budding rock stars at ACM@UCO and still serves on UCO’s Alumni Board. Alyx worked in the production office on The Killer Inside Me, the star-filled serial killer film made all over Oklahoma. That’s the same film on which Lance was assistant props and on-set dresser. Alyx is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, although she claims a few formative years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin-much to the chagrin of her husband.
Kevin has served as a features programmer for the past several years, helping us curate a slate of films that represents the best of independent film. Kevin directed the film Rainbow Around the Sun, which was produced by our own Kim Haywood. Kevin edits the opening bumpers for our festival and selects the local band whose song is featured each year. During the day, Kevin works as the Creative Director at LifeChurch.tv and comes home to the two cutest daughters in the world.
Originally from Tulsa, Ryan is our newest programmer. In a previous life, Ryan worked in marketing/ad/PR for film studios including Sony Pictures, Paramount (Paramount Vantage), Miramax and Focus Features. As if that's not impressive enough, Ryan wrote several published essays on genre films during his time at the University of Oklahoma. You should never challenge Ryan to a film trivia contest...because you'll lose.
Sara is deadCenter’s first official shorts programmer and has elevated our game tremendously, hunting and luring insightful, hilarious short films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. She produced a short film The Rounder Comes to Town, which won Best Oklahoma Film at deadCENTER in 2010. She also volunteered for many years in box office. Sara is a high school film teacher, where she uses many of the skills she gained as a 2nd AD on prison movies.
Shane is the perfect example of what happens when you're a serial volunteer at deadCenter. What a sucker. A film junkie all his life, Shane began making films because his son needed an art credit in his AP class. Since that time, Shane has screened seven films at five different festivals across the country. One of his latest films, Velvet Not Velveteen, won the 2014 OKC48, and played the Chinese Theatre at Filmapalooza 2015.
John Kennedy - Chair
President, Irish Realty
Debbie Nauser - Vice-Chair
Emily Blaschke - Treasurer
First Vice President, MidFirst Bank
Ashley Byrnes - Secretary
Julie Hall - Past Chair
Board of Directors
Sr. Brand Manager, Enable Midstream
President, Cotton Consulting
Sigma Restaurant Group, LLC.
VP, Strategic Planning and CIO, OG&E
Gaylan Towle II
Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy
Vice President, Cable Motors
Bryan n.b. King
Attorney, Feller Snider Law Firm
Senior HR Project Manager, The Boeing Company
Director of Tourism, Chickasaw Nation
Emily Bendick Chair, Merchandise
Bryon Chambers Co-Chair, Registration
Jack Downs Volunteer, Former Intern
Kevin Ely Features Programmer
Anne Herriott Co-Chair, Box Office
Megan Law Co-Chair, Registration
Shelley Leveridge Volunteer Coordinator
Brian Pelts Volunteer, Print Master
Lisa Pitsiri Co-Chair, VIP Host Committee
Lindsay Thomas Co-Chair, Venue Management
Sara Thompson Shorts Programmer
Stephen Tyler Chair and Overlord, Technology