Video Producer Tanner Herriott, reporter Katie Kurtz and a team of volunteer photogs were on hand at nearly every deadCENTER event this year, and did a fantastic job of covering it on video. Check out this playlist of their dispatches, and look for more in the coming days.
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 Executive Director Lance McDaniel talked to Angi Bruss of NewsOK.com 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:
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970′s through the mid 80′s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.
WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT:
Get a look at the early careers of people like Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry and other pop culture icons, as well as glimpses of some of the most outlandish, daring, and badass cinema you’ve ever witnessed.
We are very excited to announce that the Kings of Leon documentary, Talihina Sky, will be the kick-off film for the 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival. The free outdoor screening will be on Wednesday, June 8th, 9:30pm at the 500 block of N. Broadway Avenue.
Hot on the heels of releasing our 2011 schedule, we are excited to announce that our Opening Night Film will be the acclaimed documentary PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES.
For 14 months, Director Andrew Rossi was given unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom. The film chronicles the transformation of the media industry during a time of rapid change and uncertainty that has touched every news room in America. PAGE ONE offers an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-record quotes and skillful page-one pitching that brings one of the world’s most venerable newspapers to fruition each and every day.
The screening happens Thursday June 9th at 8pm at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Individual tickets are $10 at the door. All-access passes are $100 until June 1st and can be purchased online here.
Former deadCENTER Program Director, patron saint of Okie filmmaking, and all-around classy chick Melissa Scaramucci will be holding court in Norman next Tuesday, Nov. 30 in a workshop hosted by the Cinematic Artists of Norman.
The staff, board and volunteers of deadCENTER Film raised over $1300 dollars for local AIDS/HIV support organizations this past Sunday for the OKC AIDS Walk. 13 official team members and a horde of other supporters marched through downtown OKC to draw attention to those people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma. This year was the largest AIDS Walk in Oklahoma history and was a fantastic celebration.
You may have heard reports that legendary reclusive auteur director Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) would be shooting his newest film in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where the filmmaker spent some time as a youth.
We’ve heard some rumblings under the radar ourselves, but now it appears the news has gone public. /Film has posted a report and some photos from the set, and while they really don’t reveal anything other than the fact that something is afoot, it’s exciting to think that one of the most respected names in cinema will be producing his next film here in OK. We hope to confirm a Malick sighting soon, but considering he’s known for never speaking to the press, we aren’t holding our breath for an interview.