deadCENTER Moves to Historic FILM ROW

After three glorious years on Automobile Alley, the deadCENTER Film Festival is moving to a permanent office on Film Row. Film Row is the historic district on the west side of downtown where Movie Studios would ship their films to be screened, reviewed and ultimately distributed to local theaters in Oklahoma, Kansas and northern Texas.

The new deadCENTER office is located inside the Hart Building at the corner of Sheridan and Shartel on Film Row. Developer Chip Fudge has been leading the charge along Film Row for several years, working with the city to renovate the street and sidewalks and providing a larger space for IAO Gallery and a new home for Joey’s Pizza.

Fudge recently renovated the Hart building with Bill Gummerson and Associates, establishing new headquarters for Claims Management Resources, Account Management Resources and Ferrell Oil and an Oklahoma City home for KOSU, the revered public radio station from Stillwater. The Spy Radio station is schedule to join KOSU and a handful of private businesses in the building, along with a gym and a healthy food restaurant.

deadCENTER’s new address is 726 W Sheridan, Suite 170, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please stop by and check out our new office.

Hunt Lowry selected as 2013 Oklahoma Film ICON

deadCENTER is thrilled to honor film producer HUNT LOWRY with this year’s Oklahoma Film ICON Award.

Hunt Lowry is an award-winning film producer that has thrilled audiences with classic films for more than 30 years. Lowry is also an Oklahoma City native and Casady School graduate that has served as an inspirational beacon to Oklahomans moving to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams in motion pictures.

Renowned Native American actor Wes Studi will present the Oklahoma Film ICON Award to Hunt Lowry at a free outdoor screening of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, Friday, June 7, 9:00pm at the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn.

Lowry is best know for producing Oscar winner THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, starring
Oklahoma’s Wes Studi and Daniel Day Lewis, and A TIME TO KILL, starring Matthew
McConaughey and Sandra Bullock. But, just as impressive as any individual film is Lowry’s ability to move seamlessly across film genres and styles, creating visual stories that endure the test of time.

Early in his career, Hunt Lowry worked on classic comedies like AIRPLANE! and TOP SECRET before shifting gears to bring the intense family drama SURVIVING home to be filmed in Oklahoma City.

Lowry captured the teen market with his smorgasbord of films for Gaylord Films, including A WALK TO REMEMBER with Mandy Moore, WHAT A GIRL WANTS with Amanda Bynes, A
seemingly everyone else.

During the past decade, Lowry has produced successful comedies like the BLUE COLLAR
COMEDY TOUR: THE MOVIE and the THOU SHALT LAUGH Christian Comedian Show and the
three sequels it spawned.

But, for independent film lovers, Lowry’s masterpiece is DONNIE DARKO, a cult classic written and directed by Richard Kelly starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a very troubled teen. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and three Independent Spirit Awards.

Xavier Neira to Chair 2013 deadCENTER Board

Xavier Neira has been selected to lead the 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival Board of Directors. Neira is the Oklahoma director of development at Manhattan Construction Company, Oklahoma’s first corporate construction company, established in 1896.

“Xavier is an exceptional community leader in business, education, arts and tourism,” stated Lance McDaniel, deadCENTER executive director. “He understands the importance of a thriving independent film industry in attracting businesses, employees and tourists to the state. We expect an ever larger and more successful film festival this summer under his leadership.” 

Neira is a Commissioner on the Oklahoma Tourism Board and has served as Chairman of the State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the Latino Community Development Agency and National Treasurer for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. He also serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Teach for America, Oklahoma City Educare, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Leadership Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Neira will be joined on the Executive Committee by Whitney Moss as Vice Chair, David Portman as Treasurer, Chris Hargrove as Secretary, and Karen Delaney as Past Chair. 

Also serving on the 2013 deadCENTER Board of Directors are Sherry Blanton, Melanie Burns, Denise Castelli, Art Cotton, Susan Dunham, Judy Federa, Shannon Fudge, Jay Hannah, Ciane Hogan, Brent Johnson, Carol Johnson, Ryan Johnston, Lenice Keim, Anthony McDermid, Sara See, Dick Tanenbaum and Jeff Trachtenberg.

deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the 20 “Coolest” festivals in the world according to MovieMaker magazine. For the past 12 years, deadCENTER has featured thousands of films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. This year’s festival takes place June 5-9 in downtown Oklahoma City. 

It’s time for The Gazette’s Halloween Parade.

deadCENTER and Iguana Mexican Grill are once again teaming up for the Gazette’s Halloween Parade.  Wanna play?  Here’s how.

The theme for our walking group this year is Nightmare Fairytales. Pick a character from your favorite fairytale.  Take that fairytale and turn it into a blood curdling nightmare, and come dressed and ready to walk as that character.  It’s that easy. 
The Gazette’s Halloween Parade is Saturday, October 27th.  All we ask is that you be 18 over,  do not carry anything that resembles a weapon, meet at Iguana Mexican Grill at 6pm on the 27th, and email Herb at to sign up and select your demented fairytale.  We hope to see you there.

deadCENTER Launches 2012 Education Program

The deadCENTER Film Festival Fall Education Program launches this week in Ardmore with a two day film festival and free film seminar. For the second year in a row, the Goddard Art Center will host deadCENTER films on Thursday and Friday at 7:00pm and a free film seminar on Friday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and is partnering with the Chickasaw Nation and the Oklahoma Film and Music Office to bring their renowned education program to rural Oklahoma.

The free seminar is open to students ages 12 and above, including adults, and will cover every aspect of the filmmaking process. The program will include movie making in Oklahoma, choosing topics for films, writing screenplays, acting, auditioning for films, film production, available crew positions, camera equipment training, film education programs in Oklahoma, film festivals and distribution. The goal is to give every participant an overview of the entire film making process. Instructors for the seminar will include working filmmakers, festival staff and employees from the Chickasaw Nation Multimedia Department. Seating for the seminar is limited and participants are asked to please pre-register by calling the Goddard Center business office at (580) 226-0909.

Thursday night at 7:00pm, deadCENTER will present the G rated comedy, Just Crazy Enough, starring Saturday Night Live vet Chris Kattan, NBA star Desmond Mason and a host of outstanding Oklahoma actors. The film was made in Oklahoma using a 100% Oklahoma crew. Writer/director Lance McDaniel will be at the screening to answer questions about how the film was made. This film is appropriate for all ages.

Friday night’s line up, also at 7:00pm, will include several award winning short films from the most recent deadCENTER Film Festival. The program will include short narratives, documentaries and animated films from 2 to 17 minutes. Several of the more prestigious films being shown also played at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and South by Southwest in Austin. Due to occasional adult language, Friday night’s program is PG-13.

If you are interested in hosting deadCENTER in your town or school, please email or call 405-246-5804.

The deadCENTER Film Festival is in its 13th year of bringing quality independent films to Oklahoma and providing a nationally recognized platform for local filmmakers to share their work. This year’s festival included James Marsden, Megan Mullally, Chris Kattan, Nick Offerman, Famke Janssen, Wes Studi, two time Oscar winner Albert S. Ruddy, artist Wayne White and Sundance Best Documentary Director Winner Lauren Greenfield. Next year’s festival takes place June 5-9, 2013, in downtown Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit deadCENTER is a 501 (c) 3, Non-profit organization.

2012 deadCENTER Awards

Oklahoma City — deadCENTER Film Festival announced its 2012 award recipients on Saturday evening, June 9, 2012. The awards ceremony was held immediately before the free, outdoor screening of “Under African Skies”, on the Great Lawn at the Myriad Gardens.

“This year, deadCENTER Film Festival’s submissions were judged by 25 individuals from across the country, ranging from film critics and distributors, to academics and filmmakers,” said Festival Director Kim Haywood. “Our winners truly represent independent film voices from around the world.”
The 2012 winners are as follows:

Best Narrative Feature, See Girl Run
See Girl Run is what happens when a 30-something woman allows life’s ‘what ifs’ to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.

Best Documentary Feature, Beauty Is Embarrassing
Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee’s Playhouse TV show which led to work designing some of the most iconic images in pop culture. The movie features Matt Groening, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Paul Reubens, Gary Panter, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Feris and many more.

Special Jury Narrative Feature, Somebody Up There Likes Me
Thirty-five years in the life of Max (Keith Poulson), his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman) and a woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler). The trio stumble through mandatory but seemingly unfulfilling entanglements, at weddings, funerals, hospitals, eateries, divorce courts and the tool shed. A deadpan fable about time sneaking up on and swerving right around us.

Special Jury Documentary Feature, The Queen of Versailles
A character-driven documentary about a family who attempts to build the biggest house in America. The film intimately documents a billionaire’s rise and fall, amidst economic crisis. The vérité narrative explores varying interpretations of the American Dream through character studies of family members and household employees, as it examines the culture of consumerism.

Narrative Short, After School Special
What do we really know about the people around us? A man and a woman have an awkward encounter at an indoor playground in this Neil LaBute penned slice-of-life starring Sarah Paulson and Wes Bentley.

Documentary Short, A Brief History of John Baldessari
A towering figure in the art world, standing at 6’7″, John Baldessari’s epic career crammed into 5 and a half frenzied minutes…narrated by Tom Waits.

Best Student Film, Reprise
Struggling in an abusive same-sex marriage, Meena is forced to confront the reality of her relationship, her life, and the difficult choice between staying and leaving.

Oklahoma Film, Bringing Up Bobby
The story of European con-artist Olive (Milla Jovovich), who flees to Oklahoma with her 10-year-old son in an effort to live out the American Dream. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another, but Olive”s criminal past is always in danger of catching up. The stellar cast also features Bill Pullman, Marcia Cross and Rory Cochrane.

Best Short Screenplay, Lightening Round
Written by Ted Satterfield from Alva, OK

For more information please visit Media Contact: Tracey Zeeck,,, 405.501.2700

MEDIA ADVISORY: deadCENTER Film Festival Media Credentialing Information

deadCENTER Film Festival (dCFF) is pleased to welcome media from throughout the nation to Oklahoma City to cover the 12thannual festival, June 6-10, featuring more than 100 juried documentary and feature films. Media must obtain official festival credentials to gain access to dCFF events, including film screenings, parties (access to bluCENTER bash not included), interviews with filmmakers and celebrities, and the media lounge. Media seeking credentials must provide documentation of the media outlet(s) they represent, and show identification when picking up credentials.



Media may register for credentials in advance by emailing Kim Haywood at Credentials can be picked up on Wednesday, June 6, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the bluCENTER check-in table, outside the Chesapeake Boathouse, prior to bluCENTER Bash, a private fundraiser. From Thursday until Sunday, pickup will be at the dCFF Media Lounge, located at the official dCFF headquarters at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.



Media may register on-site for credentials at the dCFF Media Lounge.



The dCFF media lounge is located at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 405 Couch in downtown Oklahoma City. The dCFF media lounge will provide credentialed media with free wireless Internet access and refreshments, as well as a quiet place to work or conduct interviews throughout the festival. The lounge will be staffed with members of the dCFF Public Relations Committee who are ready to assist media with questions, arranging interviews and more.


The dCFF Media Lounge will be open the following hours:

5-8 p.m., Thursday, June 7

11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, June 8

11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, June 10



For more information on the festival, including a complete schedule of films and events, visit


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Media Contact:

Tracey Zeeck



MARLEY, the definitive documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley, will kick off the 2012 deadCENTER Film Festival with a free outdoor screening at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower on the Oklahoma River. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin MacDonald, MARLEY, explores the amazing music and career of the man that introduced reggae music to the world.

MARLEY is one of more than 100 films from around the world and all over Oklahoma that will be featured at this year’s festival. From Sundance favorites AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY and THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES to celebrity hosted screenings from James Marsden, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Famke Janssen and Chris Kattan to Oklahoma made films from Bartlesville, Shawnee, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma City and Edmond, deadCENTER 2012 offers a diverse selection of films for all moviegoers.
For a complete schedule and list of films, please click here.
To buy and All Access pass that gets you priority access to every film, panel and VIP party, please click here.


Oscar winner Gray Frederickson and James Marsden to receive inaugural awards.

Oklahoma City’s Gray Frederickson and Putnam City’s James Marsden will be honored with the inaugural Oklahoma Film ICON Awards at the 2012 deadCENTER Film Festival.

Oscar winner Gray Frederickson produced THE GODFATHER, PART II, THE OUTSIDERS and APOCALYPSE NOW before returning to Oklahoma to start the film program at Oklahoma City Community College and open Graymark Productions. Frederickson is executive producer on two films at this year’s festival, THE GRAND ENERGY TRANSITION about Robert Hefner and JUST CRAZY ENOUGH, a comedy starring Chris Kattan as twins.

Two time Oscar winner Albert S. Ruddy (THE GODFATHER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) will be in Oklahoma City to present Gray with his ICON award on Opening Night at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Thursday, June 7, 8:00pm, before the screening of AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY. Ruddy and Frederickson will also host a discussion about producing The Godfather films on Friday, June 8, following the screening of SIDE BY SIDE, also at the OKC Museum of Art.

Matinee idol James Marsden will be honored with an Oklahoma Film ICON Award on Saturday, June 9, before the free outdoor screening of UNDER AFRICAN SKIES at the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn.

James Marsden was born in Stillwater, went to high school at Putnam City North and attended Oklahoma State University before leaving our great state to try his luck in Hollywood. His good looks landed him modeling jobs for Versace. But, it was his great talent as an actor and renowned work ethic that led him to become one of the most successful actors working in film today.

James Marsden’s filmography plays like a greatest hits collection for both women and men, with unforgettable turns in THE NOTEBOOK, HAIRSPRAY, ENCHANTED, 27 DRESSES, SUPERMAN RETURNS and three X-MEN movies as Cyclops. Marsden has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award, Teen Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, Saturn Award, Blockbuster Entertainment Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Award for his work in six different films. Marsden stars in one film at this year’s deadCENTER Film Festival, the Sundance winning ROBOT AND FRANK, which plays Sunday night, June 10, at 8:30pm at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.


deadCENTER will host two FREE Kids Fest this year at US Grant High School and the Downtown Library.

Musician Spaghetti Eddie, High School filmmaker Alexander Knight and Comedic actress Stephanie Pena will host short films and music videos made especially for kids from 3 years old on up.

The Kids fest will take place from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Downtown Library and 1:00pm – 3:00pm at US Grant High School.

Saturday, June 9

Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library
10:00am – 12:00pm
300 Park Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

US Grant High School
1:00pm – 3:00pm
5016 S Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73119


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