deadCENTER Launches 2012 Education Program

The deadCENTER Film Festival Fall Education Program launches this week in Ardmore with a two day film festival and free film seminar. For the second year in a row, the Goddard Art Center will host deadCENTER films on Thursday and Friday at 7:00pm and a free film seminar on Friday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and is partnering with the Chickasaw Nation and the Oklahoma Film and Music Office to bring their renowned education program to rural Oklahoma.

The free seminar is open to students ages 12 and above, including adults, and will cover every aspect of the filmmaking process. The program will include movie making in Oklahoma, choosing topics for films, writing screenplays, acting, auditioning for films, film production, available crew positions, camera equipment training, film education programs in Oklahoma, film festivals and distribution. The goal is to give every participant an overview of the entire film making process. Instructors for the seminar will include working filmmakers, festival staff and employees from the Chickasaw Nation Multimedia Department. Seating for the seminar is limited and participants are asked to please pre-register by calling the Goddard Center business office at (580) 226-0909.

Thursday night at 7:00pm, deadCENTER will present the G rated comedy, Just Crazy Enough, starring Saturday Night Live vet Chris Kattan, NBA star Desmond Mason and a host of outstanding Oklahoma actors. The film was made in Oklahoma using a 100% Oklahoma crew. Writer/director Lance McDaniel will be at the screening to answer questions about how the film was made. This film is appropriate for all ages.

Friday night’s line up, also at 7:00pm, will include several award winning short films from the most recent deadCENTER Film Festival. The program will include short narratives, documentaries and animated films from 2 to 17 minutes. Several of the more prestigious films being shown also played at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and South by Southwest in Austin. Due to occasional adult language, Friday night’s program is PG-13.

If you are interested in hosting deadCENTER in your town or school, please email or call 405-246-5804.

The deadCENTER Film Festival is in its 13th year of bringing quality independent films to Oklahoma and providing a nationally recognized platform for local filmmakers to share their work. This year’s festival included James Marsden, Megan Mullally, Chris Kattan, Nick Offerman, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, two time Oscar winner Albert S. Ruddy, artist Wayne White and Sundance Best Documentary Director Winner Lauren Greenfield. Next year’s festival takes place June 5-9, 2013, in downtown Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit deadCENTER is a 501 (c) 3, Non-profit organization.

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