â€œBeing Evel,â€ by Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge was selected as Best Documentary Feature, and Best Narrative Feature was awarded to Director Oliver Thompsonâ€™s â€œWelcome to Happiness.â€
A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel - watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. For producer/subject Johnny Knoxville and so many others, he was the ultimate antidote to the disenchantment of the 70's. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous. With an entire genre of sports ascending from his daring inventiveness, now is the time to look at this extreme man and his complicated legacy.
â€œBeing Evelâ€ producers include Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Mat Hoffman, Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy and Daniel Junge.
â€œWelcome to Happinessâ€ is a metaphysical drama featuring Nick Offerman about a children's book author who is the gatekeeper to a mysterious door in his closet that only allows certain people to enter. When he learns where the door leads, his life is forever changed.
Best Narrative Short honors went to â€œThis Way Upâ€ by Director Jeremy Cloe, and Christopher AndrÃ© Marksâ€™ â€œTiger Hoodâ€ won Best Documentary Short.
â€œSkid,â€ by Ryan â€œStaplesâ€ Scott, won for Best Oklahoma Feature, and â€œCourse of Food,â€ directed by Christopher Hunt and produced by Chef Marc Dunham, was chosen as Best Oklahoma Short.
Yoko Okumuraâ€™s â€œKimi Kabukiâ€ was voted Best Student Film.
Special Jury honors went to â€œBest of Enemiesâ€ in the documentary category, and â€œThe Overnightâ€ for narrative.
2015 deadCENTER Film Festival Award Winners
Best Narrative Feature: â€œWelcome to Happinessâ€
Best Documentary Feature: â€œBeing Evelâ€
Best Narrative Short: â€œThis Way Upâ€
Best Documentary Short: â€œTiger Hoodâ€
Best Oklahoma Feature: â€œSkidâ€
Best Oklahoma Short: â€œCourse of Foodâ€
Best Student Film: â€œKimi Kabukiâ€
Special Jury Short: "Nomansland"
Special Jury Documentary: â€œBest of Enemiesâ€
Special Jury Narrative: â€œThe Overnightâ€
The winners were selected by an independent panel of film industry professionals that includes respected directors, writers, producers and actors.
Judges include: Kat Candler, Michael Rossato-Bennett, Chuck Foxen, Gray Frederickson, Fritz Kiersch, Greg Mellott, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, Hamad Altourah, Jeffrey Palmer, Victoria Sturtevant, Derek Watson, Anthony Foreman, Kyle Roberts, Clark Wiens, Annabell Grundy, and Bradley Beesley.
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 Oklahomaâ€™s largest film festival, recognized as one of the â€œTop 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the Worldâ€ 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.
photo courtesy of Cindi Beesley Finneran.