Here are your 2011 deadCENTER Award Winners

Grand Jury – Feature Narrative: Paradise Recovered
Sponsored by Devon Energy

Grand Jury – Documentary Feature: Elevate
Sponsored by Kirkpatrick Foundation

Best Narrative Short: Pillow
Sponsored by Stella Artois

Best Documentary Short: First & Female
Sponsored by Chesapeake Energy

Special Jury Prize: Fordson
Sponsored by Cardinal Engineering

Best Oklahoma Film: Little Town of Bethlehem
Sponsored by Oklahoma Film & Music Office

Best Student Film: Chill Pill
Sponsored by Chuck Ferrell

Best Short Screenplay: Twelve Days
Sponsored by Chip & Shannon Fudge

A big thanks to our panel of judges:
Nick Casevettes
Sterlin Harjo
Lynette Meyer
Brad Beasley
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Oklahoma Film and Music Office

2011 deadCENTER Awards and Closing Night Film

Be sure to make it out to the lawn at 3rd & EK Gaylord tonight for our Awards Ceremony and fantastic closing night film, Elevate. The awards start at 9pm, with the film to follow at 9:30.

After the film, head up to 9th and Broadway for the always excellent Closing Night Party.

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deadCENTER 2010 closing night; photo by Rex Barrett

See a video recap of the Opening Night Party

The latest in our ongoing series of video dispatches it up and it features some great interviews with visiting and local filmmakers as they taken in the fun (if a little windy) Opening Night Party. Watch our deadCENTER video crew talking to people on the roof of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art last night below.

(photo from twitter user @jenlinm

Whew. Thursday was great. Time to take on Friday.

Thanks to everyone who came out last night – there was awesome turnout for all our screenings, and, of course, the rooftop party at the museum.

(photo from twitter user @jenlinmcclin )

Today kicks off with the Filmmaker Coffee at 11, followed by PressPausePlay at 2, both at the museum. And don’t forget the Friday Night Frolic tonight at 9pm! You can check out the full schedule here.

Have fun, everyone.


deadCENTER in 60 seconds

Take a look at one of the bumpers that plays before each screening.  Consider it a trailer of trailers.

music: “At Brillig” by The Non

We Have Limos For All Your Venue-to-Venue Transportation Needs

That’s right, folks, we have FREE limos provided by King’s Limousine that will transport you in super-style between all our screening venues. They’ll be running the same route between the venues all weekend, so no matter what screening you’re at and what venue you need to get to, there will be someone along to get you where you need to go.

Exclusive Interview with Talihina Sky Director and Producer

We’ll be bringing you exclusive video throughout the festival and below is our first installment – an interview with the Director and Producer of Talihina Sky. Stephen Mitchell and Casey McGrath talked with our own Katie Kurtz about the great film that seemingly half of OKC showed up for last night. Enjoy.

We’re Crazy Excited About How Well The Wednesday Night Kick-Off Went

Last night we had our kick-off party, featuring an outdoor screening of The Kings of Leon documentary, Talihina Sky. It went well. Like really, really well (maybe a little TOO well for some of us). All of us on the staff of deadCENTER are thrilled when we see pictures like the one posted by twitter user @toddscottballje:

We’re not sure yet how many people showed up, but are pretty confident it was more than last year. But it really wasn’t the numbers that bowled us over – it was the energy the audience had. You guys rock.

So from all the staff – thanks to all you audience members and our volunteers for coming out and making our first night awesome. Stick around for the next few days – we’ve got a lot planned. You can plan the rest of your festival here.

UPDATE: George Lang has a good write-up on last night’s festivities here.

deadCENTER is now exactly like Dick Tracy. Sort of.

In the run up to this year’s festival, we’ve had some great press around the country from all sorts of cool publications and sources. But one of the most fun things we’ve been featured in are the comic-strip style ads for BodyTrends, “The Housewives of the 405.” Created by friend of the festival Brian Winkeler, the story has been following one of the Housewives, Rebecca, as she prepares for her film’s debut at deadCENTER. Despite being a completely fictional film, we really want to see “Fatal Femme.”

The exciting conclusion ran today in the Oklahoma Gazette, and is set at what’s sure to be the best place to be tonight. Check out the first part below and then head over to The Housewives’ homepage to see the exciting conclusion.

The Lowdown on deadCENTER

deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel talked to Angi Bruss of and gave the full rundown of all the awesomness that is deadCENTER this year. ¬†If you want to explain what this year’s festival is all about, share this video:


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