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Video Producer Tanner Herriott, reporter Katie Kurtz and a team of volunteer photogs were on hand at nearly every deadCENTER event this year, and did a fantastic job of covering it on video.  Check out this playlist of their dispatches, and look for more in the coming days.



See a video recap of the Opening Night Party

The latest in our ongoing series of video dispatches it up and it features some great interviews with visiting and local filmmakers as they taken in the fun (if a little windy) Opening Night Party. Watch our deadCENTER video crew talking to people on the roof of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art last night below.

(photo from twitter user @jenlinm

Whew. Thursday was great. Time to take on Friday.

Thanks to everyone who came out last night – there was awesome turnout for all our screenings, and, of course, the rooftop party at the museum.

(photo from twitter user @jenlinmcclin )

Today kicks off with the Filmmaker Coffee at 11, followed by PressPausePlay at 2, both at the museum. And don’t forget the Friday Night Frolic tonight at 9pm! You can check out the full schedule here.

Have fun, everyone.


Exclusive Interview with Talihina Sky Director and Producer

We’ll be bringing you exclusive video throughout the festival and below is our first installment – an interview with the Director and Producer of Talihina Sky. Stephen Mitchell and Casey McGrath talked with our own Katie Kurtz about the great film that seemingly half of OKC showed up for last night. Enjoy.

SXSW Update: In Which Ian Finds an Open Outlet

It’s about 4pm on Saturday in balmy Austin, and I’ve managed to wrangle a few electrons into my starved electronic devices.

So far, between the four of us, we’ve seen 5 movies. Last night, Kevin and I caught PressPausePlay, a really well put together and beautiful documentary about what it means to create art in the digital age. It was a great way to start the festival. Afterward, we met up with Lance and Kim at the opening night party, compared notes on our eventful drives down, and ate our weight in delicious sausages from street vendors.

This morning, we powered through the aftermath of parties and sausages to make it out to Senna (myself and Lance), and Better This World (Kevin and Kim).

Lance and I both loved Senna – something that was a given for me, since I’m a big Formula One fan anyway, but that Lance, who had no idea who Ayrton Senna was, enjoyed it as much as I did proves what a well-made documentary it really is. It probably didn’t hurt that we watched it in a room full of F1 fans (including one dressed in racing overalls), who cheered, booed, and laughed at all the right times.

For a super-sugary chaser, Kevin, Kim and I saw Being Elmo. Again, this was a great doc following the life and career of the man who created the little red guy. There was even an appearance by Elmo himself, who answered questions and was generally adorable.

Now, it’s a mad dash for me to make it to WUSS – my first narrative feature so far.

Stay tuned for more updates (including a hungover podcast we recorded this morning).


deadCENTER is going to Sundance

Stay tuned to this here internet over the next week. The lovely duo of Kim Haywood and Lance McDaniel will be taking time out from making the rest of us jealous to send dispatches from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

I’m not saying that I’m envious of them, but if their journey resembled the video below, it would serve them right. Jerks.

Toronto Dispatch: Mike Mills’ BEGINNERS

OKCMOA Film Curator Brian Hearn is at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be posting some of his thoughts on what he’s seeing. Here’s his latest report:

I like Mike Mills. He seems like a cool guy. He’s a graphic designer, musician, and film director, perhaps best known for his music videos and his debut feature THUMBSUCKER (2005) which featured his distinctly “indie” visual style. I was lucky enough to catch the world preem of his new film BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent. Despite the $40 ticket at the old school, cushy red velvet seated Elgin Theater (probably my favorite venue at TIFF), it was worth every penny. Read more…

TORONTO DISPATCH: Out for a Very Long Walk

OKCMOA Film Curator Brian Hearn is at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be posting some of his thoughts on what he’s seeing. Here’s his second report:

For my generation (X that is), Emilio Estevez will forever be associated with his acting roles in THE OUTSIDERS, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, ST. ELMO’S FIRE and REPO MAN. We’ll forgive him the rest; errr…THE MIGHTY DUCKS!? Anyway, then he turns up a few years back with a pretty decent film that he wrote and directed, BOBBY. Yesterday I saw the world premiere of his new film THE WAY starring who else, his dad. Why wouldn’t you cast Martin Sheen? Read more…


OKCMOA Film Curator Brian Hearn is at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be posting some of his thoughts on what he’s seeing. Here’s his first report:

Greetings from lovely and amazing Toronto. The 35th Toronto International Film Festival, arguably THE main event in North America, (other than deadCENTER of course!) kicked off last night and I got things started with the 100 proof stuff. By that I mean Jean-Luc Godard’s latest, “Film Socialism.” It’s incredible to think that Godard helped reinvent the language of cinema fifty years ago with his first feature “Breathless.” We’re in a different century now and he is still pushing the envelope of what cinema can be and do. “Film Socialism” could be described as anti-narrative and decidedly experimental. Read more…

“Festival life can be brutal, y’all.”

He had to come from Houston to deadCENTER to meet his mayor.

Houston Press writer and Film Threat contributor Pete Vonder Haar checks in with an epic account of his time at this year’s deadCENTER Film Festival, including how he got a wicked black eye during a screening.

The quotes are meaty and plentiful, but here’s one of our favorites: “In this, its tenth year, deadCENTER is firing on all cylinders and is — in my humble opinion — one of the best film festivals around. Period.”

Read the whole sordid tale over at


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