First Round Selections Indicate Oklahoma Filmmakers a Growing Force

More than 1,000 films were submitted for the 2014 deadCENTER Film Festival, creating the most competitive field in the festival’s 14-year history.  A growing number of films selected in the first round for official screening this year were created by Oklahoma filmmakers, indicating efforts to build the local industry are starting to pay off.


The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. 


“Oklahoma filmmakers will be a force to be reckoned with at deadCENTER this year,” said Lance McDaniel, deadCENTER Film Festival executive director.  “When the festival began, the majority of the films were by Oklahomans.  As deadCENTER has grown from year-to-year with more and more quality submissions coming in from around the country and world, we’ve watched the number of Oklahoma films able to compete for a limited number of screenings start to decline.  We are more than thrilled to see that trend shift some this year and hope it’s an indication that year-round efforts to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts is having the intended impact.”


Approximately 90 independent films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films will receive an official screening at the festival.  Eighty-five films were announced in the first round of selections, including 27 by Oklahoma filmmakers.  The remaining selections will be announced in the coming weeks as they are confirmed.


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  





Oklahoma Film Selections

(A city-by-city contact list of Oklahoma filmmakers is available upon request)


Feature Length

Army of Frankensteins


Sewing Hope

The Quiet Philanthropist: The Edith Gaylord Story

This Maybe the Last Time

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

Light From the Darkroom

Rough Cut

The Posthuman Project



Aqueous — Kyle Van Osdol

Hana – Bunee Tomlinson

NACIREMATSITRA – Jeremy and Kara Choate

Road Kill Zoo – Bradley Beesley

La Mercancia “The Merchandise”

The Messenger

A Complicated Matter

A Day at the Office

A Shot in the Dark


Life’s A Bitch and Then You’re Dead

Nobody: A Journey Through Homelessness

The Adventures of Banzai Bill

The Cardboard Keeper

The Grocery Store

The Lightning Round

The Runner



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