Kings of Leon documentary Talihina Sky to rock deadCENTER Film Festival kick-off celebration

We are very excited to announce that the Kings of Leon documentary, Talihina Sky, will be the kick-off film for the 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival. The free outdoor screening will be on Wednesday, June 8th, 9:30pm at the 500 block of N. Broadway Avenue.

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Check out the trailer below and the full press release after the jump.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The rock and roll documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon will celebrate its Oklahoma premiere on Wednesday, June 8 as the inaugural film of the 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival.

Talihina Sky is the story of Kings of Leon, whose strict Pentecostal upbringing in Oklahoma and Tennessee preceded their unlikely transformation into one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

The free, outdoor screening begins at 9:30 p.m. at the 400 block of N. Broadway Avenue.  Running time is 87 minutes.  A Q&A with Director Stephen Mitchell will take place directly following the film.

Due to scenes with graphic content and adult themes, this film is recommended for mature audiences only.

Talihina Sky follows Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew Followill back to Talihina, Oklahoma for their annual family reunion. This reunion serves as a catalyst to explore the band’s roots and the difficulties they faced growing up. Home movies, childhood photos and revealing interviews with family members — including a colorful group of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins — expose how the influence of their family has informed the creativity that drives Kings of Leon today.

“10 years ago I witnessed the creation of this family band in their mother’s Tennessee garage. Even then, I was fascinated by their strict Pentecostal upbringing and the eccentric and colorful characters that make up their family,” said Director Stephen Mitchell.  “There was no doubt in my mind that they would become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. My goal with this film was to document the roots of their music and how rock-n-roll transformed their lives.  I am proud and honored to share the story of Kings of Leon.”

Talihina Sky made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

“The kick-off block party and outdoor screening is always a highlight of the deadCENTER experience,” said Kim Haywood, chief operating officer for the festival.  “Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy a great movie with thousands of friends on a huge HD screen, with the nighttime city skyline as a backdrop.  There is nothing quite like it.”

Special VIP seating for the event will be available for those attending the 2nd annual redCENTER Lounge fundraiser, starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at Red Primesteak, located at 504 N. Broadway Ave.  Call 405-246-9233 for details.

The 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival is June 8 – 12 at seven locations in downtown Oklahoma City.  Click here for the most updated schedule.  All-access passes are $100 until June 1 (after that they are $125) and can be purchased online.

Founded in 2001, the deadCENTER Film Festival – named for its central geographic location — has grown to become a premiere international event, recognized by MovieMaker magazine as one of the world’s top 20 coolest festivals.  DCFF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, providing year round events to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts.

Learn more at or call 405-246-9233.


Press Contact:

Scott Feinstein
42 West


We decided to break with conventional documentary structure and let the themes of the film (family, faith, sin, and salvation) carry the story. We wanted to make something that played visually the way the bands first EP sounded. It is light on polish, heavy on passion, and doesn’t hold anything back. What we are left with is a raw look through dusty windows into this family’s private lives and the pivotal moments that shaped the young men of Kings of Leon.” – Casey McGrath






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