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
Showcase of Best of Oklahoma Short Films



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

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.


deadCENTER Film Festival announces 2014 dates, opens call for entries

The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 in downtown Oklahoma City. Filmmakers may submit their films for review beginning on Monday, Aug. 19.

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.  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 and Oklahoma films, $20 for college films and screenplays.  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 700 films were submitted in 2013 from Oklahoma and around the world, and 119 were selected for an official screening.  The festival added a distribution forum in 2012 to help filmmakers connect with sales agents and distributors.

“deadCENTER brings quality independent films to Oklahoma and provides 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, Chris Kattan, Nick Offerman, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, artist Wayne White and Sundance Best Documentary Director Winner Lauren Greenfield to Oklahoma City.  We can’t wait to see what surprises 2014 will hold.” 

A record-breaking 15,000 people attended the screenings, generating an economic impact of more than $1.14 million for Oklahoma City. 

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



Premiere on Film Row Kicks Off!

Oklahoma City’s historic Film Row District is alight with action this week in anticipation of the public re-launch of the city’s newest monthly street festival: Premiere on Film Row, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 16 along W. Sheridan Avenue between Dewey and Shartel avenues downtown.

Premiere on Film Row is a family- and pet-friendly event on the third Friday of each month, year-round, featuring film screenings, live music, art exhibitions and gourmet food trucks. There is no cost to attend.

The goal of the event is to highlight businesses and organizations located on Film Row, to promote new development in the area, and to celebrate the city’s rich history and connection to the film industry.

“Film Row is alive and well, thriving!” Individual Artists of Oklahoma Executive Director and event organizer Kendall Brown said. “We think people are going to fall in love with new Film Row. It has a distinct personality and style, and a solid community of young, creative professionals and artists who bring the area to life. The long-term potential for the area is exciting.” 

The theme for this month’s event will be “Rock n’ Roll.” Dunlap Codding, an intellectual properties law firm located at 609 W. Sheridan Ave., will provide rock star hairstyling and temporary tattoos for kids, also a photo booth, live music by the Howard Brady Band, and art exhibitions featuring recent works by Theresa Hurt and Cindy Cornish.

The Paramount, a coffee bar at 701 W. Sheridan Ave., will screen Rob Reiner’s famous rock music mockumentary at 6 p.m. and a variety of activities throughout the evening including a wine tasting, an open mic, a comedy show and live music by Savannah Jaine. 

Oddfab Design Lab, artist Hugh Meade’s design and fabrication studio at 703 W. Sheridan Ave., will host a live demo of The Rokken Chairs.

Individual Artists of Oklahoma, a nonprofit art gallery at 706 W. Sheridan Ave., will host its “Art on the Record” album project in partnership with KOSU radio. There will also be music by DJ Chris Hill, a collection of Oklahoma concert photography by Cody Mulcahy and music videos by This Land Press featuring local musicians.

deadCENTER Film Festival, among the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine, will screen a selection of its award-winning short films at its new headquarters in the Hart Building, 726 W. Sheridan Ave.

Food trucks confirmed for the event include Taste of Soul Chicken & Waffles and La Gumbo Ya Ya.

Premiere on Film Row is sponsored by Fowler Honda in Norman. 

Other street festivals in Oklahoma City sponsored by Fowler Auto Group dealerships include LIVE on the Plaza (Fowler Volkswagen of Norman) on second Fridays and H&8th Night Market (Fowler Toyota) on fourth Fridays. 

“We’re honored to have this opportunity to support this fantastic event and look forward to being a part of the Film Row community for years to come,” Fowler Holding Co. Vice President of Operations Jonathan Fowler said. “Visionaries like Chip Fudge have brought an important piece of our city’s history back to life, against all odds, and now it’s time for us to celebrate those efforts and take it to the next level.” 

Film Row is the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S. Beginning in 1907, Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue. Film exchanges served the film industry as distribution centers, where theater owners came to view and lease films. Film Row was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. 

Event updates will be shared via Twitter (@PremiereOKC) and on the Facebook event page. 


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deadCENTER promotes Picard, seeks expansion of statewide film arts education program

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 22, 2013) – deadCENTER Film Festival has promoted Oklahoma City resident Alyx Picard to head of operations and festival coordinator.  In this role, Picard will manage the nonprofit organization’s day-to-day operations, such as events, projects, budget, and coordination of committees for festival planning and execution. 

“We’re delighted that the success of the festival has allowed us this opportunity to expand our full-time staff,” deadCENTER Film Festival Executive Director Lance McDaniel said.  “Alyx has become an integral part of our organization over the years.  Her dedication, work ethic and incredible attention to detail will help the festival continue to grow and develop to its full potential in the years to come.  This move will also allow Kim Haywood, our director of programming and festival director, to focus on year-round programming and expanding our statewide education program.”

Each fall, deadCENTER staff and volunteers travel to schools across the state to lead classes on film production, script writing, film festivals and basic storytelling. The program has connected with more than 3,000 students over the past two years.

Picard has served as a part-time program coordinator for the past two years, and volunteered with the festival in various capacities since 2006.

Previous experience includes administrative support for The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), and an internship in the production office for the Michael Winterbottom feature film “The Killer Inside Me.”

Picard earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma with a focus on creative writing and film studies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the university’s Alumni Association. 

deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival for the past 13 years and one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine.  The festival provides year round events to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts.

For more information, please visit


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deadCENTER isn’t over! We’re adding more screenings.

Did you miss some of the talked-about films of deadCENTER? Don’t worry! We’re adding some extra screenings. 

“Left of Center” – 8:30pm at Harkins 2

“The Jogger” – 9pm at Harkins 6

These are in addition to our normal Sunday screenings, which you can see here:

Go see some movies!

deadCENTER 2013 Award Winners

 Congratulations to all our 2013 deadCENTER award winners!

Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature: “The Spectacular Now”

Director James Ponsoldt’s fabulous teen drama based on the novel by Tim Tharpe 

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary Feature: “Out of Print”

Vivienne Roumani’s look at the state of the publishing industry in the digital age

Special Jury Prize, Feature: “WORM”

A stunning, single shot crime drama filmed in Guthrie by director/star Andrew Browser

Grand Jury, Narrative Short: “Black Metal”

A thoughtful short drama about the lead singer of a black metal band from director Kay Chandler

Grand Jury, Documentary Short: “This is Normal”

Derek Watson’s insightful look at how Dick Greenly’s water pump installations are changing water access in Africa

Special Jury Prize,  Short: “Running Deer”

Brent Ryan Green’s beautiful drama about personal challenges in a Native American community  

Okie Feature: “Home, James”

An emotionally wrenching romantic drama filmed in Tulsa by director/star Jonathan Rossetti

Okie Short: “Sherman & Pacifico”

Daniel Tarr’s gorgeous, uplifting drama about a jellyfish voiced by Javier Bardem

Screenplay: “Uterus Chat”

A hilarious script about revealing personal information from Melanie Wilderman

Student Film: “The Treehouse

A surpirsing invitation to escape from directors A.J. Sheeran and Sam Shapson

Read more…

Screening changes for Saturday June 8

**updated to correct times**


We’ve switched the venues for two of tonight’s screenings.

“Yellow” will now screen at 8 pm at the Harkins theater.

“Down and Dangerous” will now screen at 8 pm at the OKC Museum of Art.

This post will be updated if there are any additional changes. Press release below. 


Enjoy the festival!


Media Alert (Saturday, June 8, 2013):
Tonight’s screening of “Yellow” has been moved to Harkins Bricktown, switching venues with “Down and Dangerous,” which will now screen at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Both films will screen at their originally planned times.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, “Yellow” is a feature-length dramatic comedy about a young substitute teacher who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. The film will screen at 8 p.m. at Harkins Bricktown, 150 E. Reno Ave.

Zak Forsman’s 1980s-style crime thriller “Down and Dangerous,” will screen at 8 p.m. tonight at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. 

deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival for the past 13 years and one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. This year’s festival is June 5-9 and includes 119 comedies, dramas, hard-hitting documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world. For more information, please visit

deadCENTER Tornado Relief

To raise awareness and continue the relief effort for those affected by tornadoes and flooding, deadCENTER has worked with our corporate sponsors to convert our three outdoor screenings into fundraisers for various community partners. The screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will be at 9:30pm at the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn and are free and open to the public. 

FRIDAY – The Kirkpatrick Foundation is partnering with The Bella Foundation and Animal Resource Center at the Flashback Friday screening of The Last of the Mohicans to help animals affected by the tornadoes.

The Bella Foundation will be taking applications for foster, adoption and volunteer applications. The Animal Resource Center will be accepting new dog and cat food, collars, leashes, toys and accessories.  

SATURDAY – Chesapeake Energy is partnering with Cleats for Kids during the screening of the award winning films, The Short Game, about the World Championship of Junior Golf.

Cleats for Kids will provide collection bins for accepting all athletic shoes and all sports equipment.

SUNDAY – GT Clean is partnering with the United Way of Central Oklahoma to collect money and sign up volunteers during the screening of Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams.

The United Way of Central Oklahoma activated its disaster relief fund to serve the people affected by the May tornadoes.  Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees.  The May Tornado Relief Fund will serve the immediate, intermediate, and long-term needs. 


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