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

Come stay at our host hotel- The Skirvin Hilton

Coming into town for the festival and need a place to stay? Be in the dead center of the action at the beautiful and historic Skirvin Hilton. The Skirvin is offering discounted rooms during the festival, but you must make your reservations before May 23rd to get in on the action. Use the site below or call 405-702-8512 to reserve your rooms today.

deadCENTER is heading to the Norman Music Festival

Heading to Norman Music Festival this weekend? Come by the Sooner Theatre this Friday night, April 27th, and enjoy some rockin’ Oklahoma docs presented by deadCENTER and the Oklahoma Film and Music Office

7:00PM- Black Canyon’s Crossroad for the Restless (Directed by Nathan Poppe)

8:00PM- Flaming Films: Rock-a-licious short films from the Legendary Flaming Lips (Directed by George Salisbury)

9:00PM- Sh*tty/Awesome’s-The Sh*ttest Movie Ever Made (Directed by Nathan Poppe)

Filmmakers and some band members will be available for a Q&A following each film.

For more info- Check out

Thank you, Sarah.

The deadCENTER family is shocked and heartbroken at the loss of longtime volunteer and friend, Sarah Soles.  Sarah passed away Monday night with her mother by her side.  A tentative memorial service is set for this Saturday, December 17th.

With warmth, enthusiasm and a contagious smile, Sarah embodied the spirit and energy of our growing city.  She loved Oklahoma City and made it a commitment to show others what a vibrant community we live in. We are forever grateful for Sarah’s passion for and dedication to our festival.
Because of Sarah’s lifelong passion for orchestral music, her family has requested people send donations to the OKC Philharmonic in lieu of flowers,

Karen R. Delaney to chair deadCENTER Film Festival Board

The deadCENTER Film Festival is proud to announce that Karen R. Delaney has been selected to lead the 2012 deadCENTER Film Festival Board of Directors. Delaney is an active community volunteer, currently serving as Vice Chair for the board of Youth Services for Oklahoma County and previously serving as Vice Chair of the 2011 deadCENTER board under Chairman Anthony McDermid.

“Karen Delaney is a thoughtful leader and a tireless advocate for the deadCENTER Film Festival,” according to Executive Director Lance McDaniel. “She understands the value of independent film within the culture of Oklahoma. And, she leverages her vast experience with other non-profits to help us focus our message to attract both strategic partners and corporate sponsors. We are thrilled to have Karen leading deadCENTER as our Board Chair.”

Delaney will be joined on the Executive Committee by Whitney Moss as Vice Chair, David Portman as Treasurer, Barbara Cable as Secretary and Anthony McDermid as Past President. Also serving on the 2012 deadCENTER board of directors are Sherry Blanton, Melanie Burns, Denise Castelli, Art Cotton, Shannon Fudge, Chris Hargrove, Ciane Hogan, Brent Johnson, Dwayne Jones, Xavier Niera, Kevin Perry, Sara See, and Jeff Trachtenberg.

deadCENTER to present short films at Art Moves

deadCENTER is pleased to present short films for Art Moves- a new program created by the Oklahoma City Arts Council- on Monday, December 12th from NOON to 1:00pm at the Downtown Library Auditorium. 
Art Moves provides daily lunchtime arts events to those living and working in Downtown OKC.  deadCENTER will showcase a variety of your favorite short films from the past few years.  And, don’t forget to bring your lunch!
For more information about Art Moves, visit

Wanted: Spring Interns

The Spring Intern will work with the Festival Director and Executive Director to coordinate and support every aspect of planning the film festival in June. While an interest in film is a plus, this position is a BUSINESS position, requiring great organizational and multi-tasking skills. If you are interested in managing a non-profit or running your own business, this is a great internship opportunity.  

TERM: Spring Semester, 2012, Mid-January through late May

CREDIT: the internship is unpaid, but can be done for college credit hours through the college or university

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 2, 2011


  • Support Festival Director with logistics of planning festival
  • Create press releases and manage media campaigns
  • Support Programmer and Program Coordinator
  • Act as liaison between festival and local universities
  • Organize and distribute posters across the metro area
  • Promoting deadCENTER on social media
  • Delivering passes and bags to sponsors and pass holders
  • Other related duties and activities, to be determined in collaboration with the Festival Executive Director


  • Fluent in Microsoft Word, Excel, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Knowledge and interest in filmmaking, film formats
  • Must have a car and valid driver’s license
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task under deadline
  • Ability to work both as a group and independently
  • Excellent written and verbal skills

 HOW TO APPLY: Please send resume with GPA included to by Friday, December 2, 2011


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