Featured Film: BLANK CITY

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
The long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970′s through the mid 80′s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT:
Get a look at the early careers of people like Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry and other pop culture icons, as well as glimpses of some of the most outlandish, daring, and badass cinema you’ve ever witnessed.

Add BLANK CITY to your Festival Genius Calendar now!

Terrence Malick begins filming in Oklahoma?

You may have heard reports that legendary reclusive auteur director Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) would be shooting his newest film in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where the filmmaker spent some time as a youth.

We’ve heard some rumblings under the radar ourselves, but now it appears the news has gone public. /Film has posted a report and some photos from the set, and while they really don’t reveal anything other than the fact that something is afoot, it’s exciting to think that one of the most respected names in cinema will be producing his next film here in OK. We hope to confirm a Malick sighting soon, but considering he’s known for never speaking to the press, we aren’t holding our breath for an interview.

Elvis Mitchell set to host “At The Movies”

2010 deadCENTER Film Festival panelist Elvis Mitchell has been tapped to co-host Roger Ebert’s revived “At The Movies” show on PBS. Ebert announced the news on his blog Friday, and news spread throughout the indie film world over the weekend.

“Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies” will feature Mitchell and AP critic Christy Lemire in the traditional “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” roles, with contributions from Kim Morgan, Omar Moore, and Ebert himself. The show is scheduled to begin airing in January 2011. Congrats to Elvis and all involved. (Just make sure you make time to return to the festival next year!)

For the official announcement (and a truly awesome photo of Elvis with a moustache), head over to Roger Ebert’s Journal.

“Winnebago Man” Director and Star To Appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

I can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy when I see a fellow Oklahomie filmmaker making it big. Seriously big. Like being on The Tonight Show BIG. This evening, I plan on taking off my Team Coco gloves (but just for tonight) and sitting down to watch Ben Steinbauer talk about his film, “Winnebago Man”, with the Winnebago Man himself, Jack Rebney.

And what’s über awesome about it all is that “Winnebago Man” was one the first films to go through deadCENTER’s Fiscal Sponsorship. I could tell you all about it, or you could just go to the Fiscal Sponsorship page and read until your heart is content. TEAM COCO! I’ll stop now.

Oklahoma Filmmakers win Grand Jury Prize, launch remake of “Citizen Kane”

The most common question asked of filmmakers after screening at a film festival is “What are you working on now?”

Well the boys at Singletree Productions are wasting no time after their long-awaited Grand Jury Prize win at deadCENTER last weekend, and the news is already sweeping the internets.  Check out the trailer below.  It’s, shall we say… ambitious…

Norman filmmakers discuss nudity, groupies on The Spy

deadCENTER Film Festival veterans Mark Potts and Cole Selix, and Brand Rackley, star of the lastest comedic hit from Norman-based Singletree Productions: Simmons on Vinyl sat down in-studio with Ferris O’Brien at 105.3 FM The Spy to talk about their film, nudity, elderly groupies and deadCENTER love.

Listen to the interview here: http://db.tt/QmdY1P

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi4250141977/

Synopsis
Zeek is in love. With the help of his friends, he goes on search for a vinyl record that takes him on a wild chase all over town, running into mean high school punks, troubled bosses, kidnappings and even a very difficult dance off challenge – all in hopes that the record will nab the heart of his dream girl.

Screenings
When: Friday, June 11, 9:30 p.m.
Where: [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. 3rd St.

Website: http://singletree-productions.com/simmons/

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