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.

deadCENTER Hits Tulsa with Free Film Seminar

The deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” is partnering with the Circle Cinema in Tulsa (10 South Lewis Avenue, Tulsa Oklahoma) to present a FREE film seminar for high school student students and older.

Saturday, January 11
Free Film Seminar
2pm-5pm
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Showcase of Best of Oklahoma Short Films
6pm-8pm

 

THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE:

WRITING   – Creating Ideas for a Movie, Pitching Concepts, Writing Screenplays

FILM EQUIPMENT  - Camera Demonstration, Sound and Lighting Demonstration, Professional Vs. Consumer Options

ACTING – Acting Exercises, Acting on Camera, Auditioning for Films

PRODUCTION – Film Production Process, Crew Positions and Departments, Festivals and Distribution

All classes will be led by deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel, Festival Programmer Kim Haywood and working Oklahoma filmmakers. 

Attendance is FREE but limited. First come, first serve.

The deadCENTER Film Festival is in its 14th year of bringing quality independent films to Oklahoma and providing a nationally recognized platform for local filmmakers to share their work. Next year’s festival takes place June 11-15, 2014, in downtown Oklahoma City.

 

 

deadCENTER Film Festival to Host Free Film Seminars During Fall Break

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2013) — As part of its fall education program, the deadCENTER Film Festival next month will host of series of free seminars for high school students interested in filmmaking. The seminars will take place during Fall Break from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Paramount Theater, 701 W. Sheridan Ave., on historic Film Row. The seminars are free but seating is limited, so interested students should sign up here.

The seminars are open to all high school-aged students and will cover every aspect of filmmaking, including moviemaking in Oklahoma, choosing film subjects, screenplay writing, acting, auditioning, film production, crew positions, camera equipment training, film education programs in Oklahoma, film festivals and distribution. The goal is to give each participant a comprehensive overview of the filmmaking process.

Seminars will be led by deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel and deadCENTER Director of Programming Kim Haywood. McDaniel, a former Edmond student, has worked on 14 feature films, including the Oscar Best Picture-winning Million Dollar Baby. McDaniel’s last directorial film, Crazy Enough, is a family comedy starring Chris Kattan. It opened the Los Angeles Comedy Festival earlier this year and won Best Comedy, Best Narrative Feature and Best Director at various film festivals around the country before eventually hitting theaters, Netflix, RedBox and Amazon.com.

Haywood has led deadCENTER for 10 years — initially as a volunteer, then as its first employee, head of operations and now head of programming and education. She also produced a rock-opera movie, Rainbow Around the Sun, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas.

The deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” according to MovieMaker magazine. deadCENTER is in its 14th year of bringing quality independent films to Oklahoma and providing a nationally recognized platform for local filmmakers to share their work. 

“The Spectacular Now” Scribe Tim Tharp Hosts Okie Q&A

 

Winner of deadCENTER Film Festival’s Best Narrative Feature prize, “The Spectacular Now” hits theaters today. Tim Tharp, the author of the New York Times Bestseller on which the movie is based, will hold three separate Q&As in OKC and Tulsa to celebrate the film’s release in Oklahoma. The schedule is:

  • August 28th after the 6:15 pm screening, OKC AMC Quail Springs 24
  • August 30th after the 7:30 pm screening, Tulsa’s Circle Cinema
  • August 31st after the 7:30 pm screening, OKC Cinemark Tinseltown

 

With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, “The Spectacular Now” (directed by James Ponsoldt) creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. “The Spectacular Now” is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. With wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “The Spectacular Now” is the quiet must-see of the summer.

 

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