We’re Headed to SXSW and Couldn’t Be More Excited.

Now that our call for entries is closed and we’re digesting all the great films people have sent us from all over the world, you might think most of our programming work is over. Oh, how wrong you are.

In addition to the always-fun programming day, when we actually sift through all the reviews and impressions of the films we’ve screened through our submission process, we’re still heading out into the world looking for great films. Just like most other festivals, the films we screen at deadCENTER are a mix of submitted films and invited films – films we typically find at other festivals like Sundance or South by Southwest.

Which brings us to the point of this little note. For the first time, all four of us full-time staff members will be traveling together to SXSW. We’ll be watching a ton of movies, attending parties (hey – someone needs to do it), and meeting with filmmakers, journalists and staff members from other festivals so we can bring the best indie films we can to Oklahoma City.

So this is where we need your help. Is there a film at SXSW that you’re excited about, and you’d like to see deadCENTER screen? Is there a party we NEED to attend, other than the very mandatory Red Dirt Reel in the Buffalo Lounge? Let us know in the comments.

And if you’re going to be down in SXSW and want to meet up, ping us on twitter or facebook. If not, don’t worry – you’ll be able to live vicariously through us via my (hopefully frequent) dispatches while we’re there.

A Look Back With Dwight Edwards of The Filmcake: The 2005 Festival

In the Guest Spot today, we have Dwight Edwards, the man behind the very cool Okie-film website The Filmcake. Dwight has attended deadCENTER every year since 2002 (we’re willing to forget the two years he was absent, as he was there in spirit), and even contributed to our live blog of the festival in 2009. Every Wednesday until the festival, we’ll feature his look back at the deadCENTER film festivals of old, starting with 2002. This week: 2005
The 2005 festival was madly hot. While Mad Hot Ballroom DID kick off dCFF ’05 at the Noble Theatre, the rest of the fest was literally sweltering. All the venues were blasting fans. Whatever good the air circulation might have provided was mitigated by the drowning out of sound on some of the films. Despite the sweat, it was still a blast of a festival. This week I’ll be looking back at Rosevelt’s America, Admissions, and The Fearless Freaks.

deadCENTER at SXSW: Buckle Up.

Our very own Cacky Poarch and Melissa Scaramucci are in SXSW, looking for great films, spreading the word about deadCENTER and generally being awesome. Stay tuned to this space for their dispatches.

Cacky and I can’t remember how many times we’ve made the pilgrimage south together – maybe 7 years? 8? Known universally at SXSW as “Those fun girls from Oklahoma”, we work to pile on the magic in our brief time at the fest. Seriously. One year we extended our trip to Tuesday (instead of leaving on our usual Monday) and that extra day almost left us hospitalized. These are the sacrifices we make for deadCENTER.

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