Executive 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 Festival and Operations

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.


Director of Programming

Sara started as deadCenter’s first official shorts programmer and has elevated our game tremendously, hunting and luring insightful, hilarious 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 at dCFF's box office. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and wrangling her two kiddos.


Features Programmer

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 and comes home to the two cutest daughters in the world.


Features Programmer

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. 


Shorts Programmer

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.


Emily Blaschke - Chair
Director, Investor Relations and Corp Affairs, Tapstone Energy

Kristen Torkelson - Vice-Chair

Mark Lester - Treasurer
Geoscience Consultant

Kirby Behenna - Secretary
Sr. Brand Manager, Enable Midstream

John Kennedy - Past Chair
President, Irish Realty

Board of Directors

Lissa Blaschke
Community Volunteer

Steve Dixon
CEO, Tapstone Energy

Julie Hall
Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Lauderback Issac
Attorney, Dunlap Codding

David Leader
Farmers Insurance

Rob Miner
Senior HR Project Manager, The Boeing Company

Katie Patton
Landman, Devon Energy

Gaylan Towle II
Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy

Jennifer Castillo
Attorney, OG&E

Angel Green
Senior Manager of Tourism Sales and Marketing

Adrienne Ahpeatone Husted
Project Manager, William Sonoma

Bryan King
Attorney, Fellers Snider

Manny LeClercq
Social Order Dining Collective

Greg Mullen
Mullen Investment Group

Heather Ross
Community Volunteer

Erin Williford
Realtor, Metro Brokers of Oklahoma

deadCenter happens with the help of over 400 volunteers. We'd love for you to be part of the magic.

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