The deadCENTER Film Festival is proud to announce four 2014 Oklahoma Film ICONS that will be honored at this year’s festival: director and educator Fritz Kiersch, special effects make-up artist Matthew Mungle, Oklahoma Film and Music Office Executive Director Jill Simpson and actor Wes Studi.
“Oklahomans are succeeding in every part of the film industry today,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival. “Our icon award is meant to shed a light on the breadth of Oklahoma film talent and inspire the next generation of filmmakers and film professionals.”
Fritz Kiersch founded Oklahoma’s first comprehensive college film program at Oklahoma City Community College and then launched the Moving Image Arts Program at Oklahoma City University. Kiersch also directed the Stephen King horror classic Children of the Corn, which spawned an amazing seven sequels. At the festival, Kiersch will host a 30th Anniversary screening of Children of the Corn at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 13 at Harkins Bricktown. Kiersch and George Parra, Executive Producer of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, will lead a discussion about the future of moving images at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center,
Atoka native and Oklahoma State University graduate Matthew Mungle is one of the greatest Special Effects Make-up Artist working in film and television. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning once for Dracula, and 26 Emmy Awards, winning six times. At the festival, Mungle will lead a class and demonstration on special effects make-up at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center.
After 18 years in Hollywood, Norman native and OU graduate Jill Simpson returned home to direct the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. During her tenure, the Oklahoma film industry economic impact has reached $400 million and the Film Rebate Program has been extended until 2024. Simpson will lead a panel discussion about making movies in Oklahoma with the writers of Rudderless and the director of The Veil at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Wes Studi is a full-blood Cherokee actor from No Fire Hollow that has created seminal roles in some of the biggest award-winning films of all time, including Avatar, Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, The New World and Geronimo: An American Legend. Studi will lead a conversation about his career with Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada at noon on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center, and will join a discussion about Native American Cinema later that evening, at 6:45 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
About deadCENTER Film Festival
The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival (DCFF) will take place Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. More than 15,000 people attended deadCENTER Film Festival screenings in 2013, generating an economic impact of approximately $1.14 million for Oklahoma City. All Access passes are available online for $125 ($75 for students), and gains the holder priority admission to every film, party, panel and special event. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door prior to each screening. Admission priority is given to pass holders. Learn more about deadCENTER Film Festival at www.deadcenterfilm.org.
Contact: Rob Crissinger