OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2013) — As part of its fall education program, the deadCENTER Film Festival next month will host of series of free seminars for high school students interested in filmmaking. The seminars will take place during Fall Break from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Paramount Theater, 701 W. Sheridan Ave., on historic Film Row. The seminars are free but seating is limited, so interested students should sign up here.
The seminars are open to all high school-aged students and will cover every aspect of filmmaking, including moviemaking in Oklahoma, choosing film subjects, screenplay writing, acting, auditioning, film production, crew positions, camera equipment training, film education programs in Oklahoma, film festivals and distribution. The goal is to give each participant a comprehensive overview of the filmmaking process.
Seminars will be led by deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel and deadCENTER Director of Programming Kim Haywood. McDaniel, a former Edmond student, has worked on 14 feature films, including the Oscar Best Picture-winning Million Dollar Baby. McDaniel’s last directorial film, Crazy Enough, is a family comedy starring Chris Kattan. It opened the Los Angeles Comedy Festival earlier this year and won Best Comedy, Best Narrative Feature and Best Director at various film festivals around the country before eventually hitting theaters, Netflix, RedBox and Amazon.com.
Haywood has led deadCENTER for 10 years — initially as a volunteer, then as its first employee, head of operations and now head of programming and education. She also produced a rock-opera movie, Rainbow Around the Sun, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas.
The deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” according to MovieMaker magazine. deadCENTER is in its 14th year of bringing quality independent films to Oklahoma and providing a nationally recognized platform for local filmmakers to share their work.