deadCENTER films snag national Emmy nods

Two documentary films that screened at the 2012 deadCENTER Film Festival have been nominated for Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: “Beauty is Embarrassing” and “Ai Weiwei.” 

Beauty is Embarrassing,” directed by Moore native Neil Berkeley,is a feature documentary about contemporary artist Wayne White. Berkeley is nominated in the Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction category.

The film won Best Documentary Feature at deadCENTER in 2012 and won several awards on the festival circuit before being picked up by PBS to screen as part of the Independent Lens series in 2013. Berkeley’s follow-up film, “Harmontown,” about TV writer Dan Harmon, hits screens this fall after showing to audiences at SXSW and deadCENTER earlier this year.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” scored two Emmy nominations: Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and Outstanding Editing in Documentary Long Form. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival before playing opening night at deadCENTER in 2012. It was also picked up by PBS as part of the Independent Lens series.

deadCENTER filmmakers also scored well at the Heartland Emmy Awards last week. Filmmakers Jason Gwynn and Jay Sheldon took home the Outstanding Short Form Documentary Award for their short film “Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection.”

In addition, deadCENTER alumni Kyle Roberts (“The Posthuman Project”) and Casey Twenter (“The Jogger,” “Rudderless”) received Heartland Emmys for their work in news programming and advertising.


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 25,000 people attended deadCENTER Film Festival screenings in 2014, generating an economic impact of approximately $2.1 million for Oklahoma City. Learn more about deadCENTER Film Festival at  


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