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. 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Kick-off screening moved inside Oklahoma City Museum of Art due to weather

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 5, 2013) – Tonight’s free outdoor festival kick-off screening of “The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling,” sponsored by Devon Energy, has been moved inside due to weather to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.

There will be two screenings: at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The screenings are still free and open to the public, and seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Directed by Peter Whitehead and produced by the Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham, “The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling” is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of two days on the road with the young musicians on tour in Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” topped the charts and became the international  anthem for a generation.  It features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy of their fans and the riots the band’s appearances inspired.  

Total running time is 64 minutes.  The film is not rated.


The evening’s official after party will be held from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Flint OKC, 15 N. Robinson Ave. inside the Colcord Hotel. 

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 115 comedies, dramas, hard-hitting documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world.  For more information, please visit


Media Contact: Rob Crissinger

Bumbershoot PR



deadCENTER is Weather Aware!

deadCENTER Film Festival takes weather safety very seriously, and we feel that effective planning and communication can help participants enjoy the festival knowing we have our eye on the sky.

Each of our seven screening venues has an individual weather plan in place, and venue managers and volunteers will be well prepared to implement those plans in the event of severe weather.  

If severe weather could potentially move toward the downtown area, venue managers will monitor the weather closely and consistently and make announcements when appropriate. 

If tornado activity is present, guests will be informed of, and led to, the nearest shelter or designated safe area until the threat has passed.

Outdoor films will be cancelled or re-located if it is raining 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the film.

Weather and film updates will be shared on the home page, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Recommended resources for weather updates:

KFOR News 4

KOCO News 5

KWTV News 9

National Weather Service


deadCENTER Wins Accolades and Awards

deadCENTER has been selected as one of the Top 50 film festival worth the entry fee out of 6,000 festival worldwide by MovieMaker magazine.

Previously, MovieMaker had selected deadCENTER as one of the 25 Coolest festivals. This latest listing acknowledges the new Distribution Forum deadCENTER added in 2012, bringing in sales agents and distributors to meet with every accepted filmmaker at the festival. deadCENTER is run by working filmmakers that know the challenges of securing distribution for truly independent films. So, the forum was a way to empower filmmakers with the tools and avenues for distributing their films.

In other news, deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel was voted as Best non-Profit Leader in Oklahoma City in Slice Magazine readers poll. McDaniel was a volunteer for 5 years before taking the reins as Executive Director.

deadCENTER 2013 is coming June 5-9, in downtown Oklahoma City. Check out our schedule and start planning your trip to THE AWARD WINNING deadCENTER Film Festival.

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


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