We’re Going to Tulsa!

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We’re traveling to Tulsa for a two-day mini festival on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s independent and non-profit art-house movie theatre, 10 S. Lewis Ave.

 DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine.

“The deadCENTER Film Festival is in its 15th year of bringing quality independent films from around the world to Oklahoma and providing Oklahoma filmmakers with a nationally recognized platform to share their work,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival. “Tulsa filmmakers have had a significant impact on shaping deadCENTER over the years, so we’re very excited to have this opportunity to bring the best of this year’s festival to Circle Cinema, and honored to be included in the anniversary celebration of this important venue for the independent film arts.” 

The weekend festival will include a mix of Oklahoma and Tulsa premieres, films from the Sundance Film Festival, a free Kids fest for children ages 3-11, free film seminars for high school students, and parties each night where patrons can talk about the films and meet the filmmakers. 

Opening night on Friday will include the Tulsa premiere of “Light from the Darkroom,” a religious thriller from Tulsa-based screenwriter Kathleen Rooney starting at 7 p.m., “Sewing Hope,” a documentary about Sister Rosemary Nyrirumbe from producers Reggie and Rachelle Whitten at 7:30 p.m., the Oklahoma premiere of “The Widowers,” a comedy directed by Tulsa University graduate Jonathan Scott Chinn and starring Tulsa native and TU graduate Kent Meister at 9 p.m., and the Sundance charmer “To Be Takei,” about Star Trek actor and activist George Takei at 9:30 p.m.

There will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and film screenings will take place between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets for each screening is $9 at the door for adults, $7 for students, seniors and military, and $5 for kids. Tickets for Circle members are $6. Advance tickets are available online here.

The official opening night after-party begins at 11 p.m.

Day two of the festival beings at 11 a.m. on Saturday with kidsFEST, a series of kid-friendly short films. These screenings are free and open to the public. There will also be a free film seminar from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Saturday evening screenings kick-off with “Beauty is Embarrassing,” by Moore, Oklahoma filmmaker Neil Berkeley, which won Best Documentary in 2012 and a PBS Independent Lens selection, starting at 5 p.m., “Best of Okie Shorts,” including outstanding short films from Jenks High School students, at 5:30 p.m., the high school superhero movie “The Posthuman Project,” which won Best Oklahoma Film at this year’s festival, at 7 p.m., and “This May Be the Last Time,” the first feature length documentary from Sundance award-winning Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, at 7:30 p.m.

There will be two “mystery” screenings to be announced for the 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. time slots, and the closing night after party begins at 11 p.m.

You can view the full schedule online here.

 

About deadCENTER Film Festival

The deadCENTER Film Festival is named for its geographic location, in the center of the U.S. and in the downtown center of Oklahoma City in central Oklahoma. 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.

 

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 deadCENTER Film Festival. The early bird deadline is Nov. 30.

 

For more information visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.

Announcing the deadCENTER Statewide Tour

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The deadCENTER Statewide Film Festival and Education Tour kicks-off this weekend in Ardmore at the Goddard Art Center. 

 
deadCENTER Ardmore will include a kidsFEST with films for kids aged 3-12, Movie Making seminars for high school and college students, the Ardmore premiere of 2014 Best Oklahoma Film winner The Posthuman Project, a Wine & Dine event with filmmaker Brent Ryan Green featuring several of his award winning short films, and a screening of the Oklahoma made thriller Light from the Darkroom
 
deadCENTER is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year by bringing their award winning festival and renowned education program to 15 cities across Oklahoma. 
 
In addition to Ardmore, the first month will include stops in Alva, Guymon, Woodward, Ponca City and Bartlesville before landing in Tulsa to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Circle Cinema on October 3 and 4. Later in October, deadCENTER will head back out to Poteau, Idabel, Durant, Ada, Weatherford, Lawton, Altus and Stillwater.
 
deadCENTER is providing these festivals for free to each of the communities so we can spread a love of independent film and the arts without diverting money from their own local art initiatives. 
 
If you are interested in supporting this statewide initiative financially to help offset our costs, please email or call Executive Director Lance McDaniel at lance@deadcenterfilm.org and 405-246-9233.

deadCENTER Film Festival announces 2015 dates, opens call for entries

The 15th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14, 2015 in downtown Oklahoma City. Filmmakers may submit their films for review beginning on Monday, Aug. 25.

Films will be selected in the following categories: narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, animations, student film and Oklahoma film.

New this year, submissions can be made online through submissions platform, Submittable, at www.deadcenterfilm.org.  

The early bird deadline is Nov. 30 and entry fees vary based on the type of submission: $40 for narrative and documentary features, $25 for narrative and documentary shorts, animations and Oklahoma films, and $20 for college films. High school films are free to submit.

From hilarious comedies and insightful documentaries to scary horror films and intense dramas, deadCENTER selects a broad slate of films that cater to all tastes. More than 1000 films were submitted in 2014 from Oklahoma and around the world, and 90 were selected for an official screening. The festival added a distribution forum in 2012 to help filmmakers connect with sales agents and distributors.

“For 14 years, deadCENTER has featured over 1,400 quality independent films providing a nationally recognized platform for filmmakers to share their work,” Director of Programming/Festival Director Kim Haywood said. “The level of competition has escalated considerably over the last few years, attracting talent like James Marsden, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, Daisy Von Scherler Mayer and Oscar winners Gray Frederickson, Matthew W. Mungle, and Albert S. Ruddy to Oklahoma City. We can’t wait to see what surprises 2015 will hold.”

A record-breaking 25,000 people attended the screenings in 2014, generating an economic impact of more than $1.25 million for Oklahoma City. 

 About deadCENTER Film Festival

deadCENTER Film Festival, named for its central geographic location (in Oklahoma City, the center of the U.S.), is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and among the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” according to MovieMaker magazine. 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.  For more information, please visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.

About Submittable

Trusted by more than 7000 organizations, Submittable makes film submissions simple by enabling festival programmers to easily accept, review, and curate film content. As they near their six millionth submission, Submittable is quickly becoming the preferred submissions platform for top tier film festivals. More info at www.submittable.com.

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 www.deadcenterfilm.org.  

 

‘Hellion’ and ‘Alive Inside’ take top honors at 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival

A portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas, and a heartwarming story about the healing power of music, have won top honors at the 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival, held June 11-15 in downtown Oklahoma City. 

“Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler, was selected as the Grand Jury Narrative Feature category winner, and Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” won top honors in the Grand Jury Documentary Feature category.

 

Other award-winners included:

Special Jury Prize: “The Case Against 8,” a behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.

 

Special Jury Oklahoma: “Sewing Hope,” the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and her fight to bring hope back to her nation after 25 years of terror in northern Uganda at the hands of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Directed by Derek Watson.

 

Best Oklahoman Film: “The Posthuman Project,” the story of a group of high school friends who go on a rock-climbing trip to celebrate their graduation, the teens receive a genetic boost that gives them superhero abilities. Directed by Kyle Roberts.

 

Best Narrative Short: “The Karman Line,” the story of a mother who contracts an unusual illness and begins to rise gradually into the air. Directed by Oscar Sharp.

 

Best Documentary Short: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace,” follows New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women and reveal a new look at beauty in the 21st Century. Directed by Jeff Dupre.

 

Best Student Film: “Playtime,” the story of a 10-year-old British expat living with his mother in a suburban neighborhood in Kuwait. Directed by Hamad Al-Tourah.

 

Best Short Screenplay: “Tattoo,” by R. Wayne Gray.

 

More than 1,000 films were submitted this year, more than any previous year.  Approximately 700 films were submitted in 2013.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of film industry professionals that includes respected directors, writers, producers and actors.   

Judges include: Kat Candler, Morton Denn, Chuck Foxen, Gray Frederickson, Brent Ryan Green, Fritz Kiersch, Hunt Lowry, Greg Mellott, Clifton Raphael, Amy Rice, Vivienne Roumani, Sam Shapson, A.J. Sheeran, John Springer, Victoria Sturtevant, and Derek Watson. 

The deadCENTER Film Festival 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.

DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according toMovieMaker 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. Learn more about deadCENTER Film Festival at www.deadcenterfilm.org.  

 

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Pass Registration Information

Online pass sales will cut off at 12 PM, Tuesday, June 10th. To purchase, please visit www.deadcenterfilm.org/passes.

Pass purchases after 12 PM on Tuesday can be made at Festival Headquarters at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Drive).

Passes will be available for pick up starting at 12 PM, Tuesday, June 10th, at Festival Headquarters. Pick up and registration will continue 12 PM- 8 PM Wednesday – Saturday.

Passholders are given priority admission to all screenings during the festival, and are able to attend every All Access special event. Individual tickets are available 20 minutes prior to each screening, as seating allows. Individual tickets are $10 each.

 

For questions, please call the office at (405) 246. 9233 or email info@deadcenterfilm.org.

deadCENTER Film Festival to Honor Four Oklahoma Film Icons

The deadCENTER Film Festival is proud to announce four 2014 Oklahoma Film ICONS that will be honored at this year’s festival: director and educator Fritz Kiersch, special effects make-up artist Matthew Mungle, Oklahoma Film and Music Office Executive Director Jill Simpson and actor Wes Studi.

 “Oklahomans are succeeding in every part of the film industry today,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival.  “Our icon award is meant to shed a light on the breadth of Oklahoma film talent and inspire the next generation of filmmakers and film professionals.”

 Fritz Kiersch founded Oklahoma’s first comprehensive college film program at Oklahoma City Community College and then launched the Moving Image Arts Program at Oklahoma City University. Kiersch also directed the Stephen King horror classic Children of the Corn, which spawned an amazing seven sequels. At the festival, Kiersch will host a 30th Anniversary screening of Children of the Corn at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 13 at Harkins Bricktown.  Kiersch and George Parra, Executive Producer of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, will lead a discussion about the future of moving images at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center,

 Atoka native and Oklahoma State University graduate Matthew Mungle is one of the greatest Special Effects Make-up Artist working in film and television. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning once for Dracula, and 26 Emmy Awards, winning six times.  At the festival, Mungle will lead a class and demonstration on special effects make-up at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center.

 After 18 years in Hollywood, Norman native and OU graduate Jill Simpson returned home to direct the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. During her tenure, the Oklahoma film industry economic impact has reached $400 million and the Film Rebate Program has been extended until 2024.  Simpson will lead a panel discussion about making movies in Oklahoma with the writers of Rudderless and the director of The Veil at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

 Wes Studi is a full-blood Cherokee actor from No Fire Hollow that has created seminal roles in some of the biggest award-winning films of all time, including Avatar, Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, The New World and Geronimo: An American Legend. Studi will lead a conversation about his career with Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada at noon on Saturday, June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center, and will join a discussion about Native American Cinema later that evening, at 6:45 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

 

About deadCENTER Film Festival

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

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Contact: Rob Crissinger

405.401.6323

rcrissinger@bumbershootpr.com

deadCENTER Film Festival to open with Winterbottom’s improv comedy “The Trip to Italy”

The official opening night film for the 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will be the improv comedy “The Trip to Italy,” screening at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.

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

“The Trip to Italy” is a semi-fictional improvised tour of Italy from director Michael Winterbottom starring two of Britain’s best loved comedic actors: Oscar nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon. In the long awaited follow-up to the smash hit comedy “The Trip,” Coogan and Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy in the summer, where they enjoy mouthwatering meals in the gorgeous surroundings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. They riff on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, Pompeii, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and compete on who can do the best Michael Caine impersonation.

The film is rated PG-13. Running time is 1 hour, 55 minutes.

Michael Winterbottom is a British director who brought Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker and Jessica Alba to Oklahoma in 2009 to create a filmed version of the acclaimed crime novel, “The Killer Inside Me,” by Oklahoma novelist Jim Thompson.

Opening night festivities, sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation, begin with a rooftop party, open to all pass holders, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

“The rooftop party at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is always a highlight of the festival,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival. “It’s the perfect environment for our local and visiting filmmakers to meet deadCENTER supporters and festival goers, and toast the beginning of a crazy, beautiful week.”

At 8:30 p.m., “Frank,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender, will receive its Oklahoma premiere screening in the Access Midstream Theater at Harkins Bricktown 16, 150 E. Reno Ave.

“Frank,” a quirky comedy that electrified audiences at its Sundance Film Festival debut, is the story of Jon, a young wannabe musician, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Running time 95 min.

The official opening night after party will be from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 N.W. 9th St.

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 www.deadcenterfilm.org.

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The Trip to Italy

Trailer: http://youtu.be/DtlEQ6y8Rp8

Website: http://www.thetriptoitaly.com.au/

Frank

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Wk-hWzq67w4

Website: http://www.magpictures.com/frank/

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 www.deadcenterfilm.org.  

 

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Oklahoma Film Selections

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

 

Feature Length

Army of Frankensteins

Harmontown

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

 

Shorts

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

Landmarks

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

 

 

Final Deadlines for Submission

The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 in downtown Oklahoma City.  The late deadline for submissions is January 30th. Filmmakers may submit their films for an increased submission fee up until the WithoutaBox extended deadline on February 24th.

Films will be selected in the following categories: narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, student film, Oklahoma film and short screenplay. 

Submissions can be made online through WithoutABox.  

 

deadCENTER Film Festival, named for its central geographic location (in Oklahoma City, the center of the U.S.), is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and among the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” according to MovieMaker magazine.  

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.  For more information, please visitwww.deadcenterfilm.org.

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