The Referral: The Filmcake finishes a film, has regrets, starts a discussion

Our good friend Dwight over at The Filmcake published a really interesting blog post we think deserves your attention. Having just finished his first short film, he has begun to reflect on the reviews he’s written from the perspective of a new filmmaker.

Along the way, he touches on several things many of us involved with independent film at any level struggle with – how important are access and funding? To what extent, if any, should those circumstances affect or make themselves known to the viewer? And finally, how should critics approach low or no-budget films?

Read the whole thing here. And when you’re done, we’d love to hear what you think about the subject in our comments section below.

AWARDS!

Awards for the 2010 deadCENTER Film Festival were presented Saturday night.  Here are the winners:

Best Student Film: In This Place


Best Animation:  O Pintor de Ceos (Painter of the Skies)


Best Narrative Short:  Junko’s Shamisen


Best Documentary Short:  A Song for Ourselves


Best Narrative Feature:  earthwork


Best Doc Feature: A Good Day to Die


Best Okie Short:  The Rounder Comes to Town


Best Okie Feature: The Rock and Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher


Grand Jury Narrative Feature:  Simmons on Vinyl


Grand Jury Doc Feature:  Our House

This is awesome – you can see it Friday or Saturday night. You’re Welcome.

Countdown: 2 Days to the 10th Annual Fest

Today’s Featured Film:

The Four-Faced Liar

The Pitch: A girl and a guy walk into a bar. They meet a girl and a guy. The guys talk about the girls. The girl falls for the girl. The guys don’t know…until they do..
Why you should see it: Charming, lovely, engaging. Beautiful camera work, swift and delicious story and surefooted performances from the actors. Director Jacob Chase and Writer/Actress Marja-Lewis Ryan will be in town for the screenings. Well here – see what a tiny publication called Variety says about it.
When it’s playing: Friday June 11th @ 7:30pm @ [ArtSpace] @ Untitled and Saturday June 12th @7:30pm @ the IAO Gallery.

Watch the Trailer For The Four Faced Liar

More About The Four-Faced Liar Here

4 Questions: THE FOUR-FACED LIAR

We thought it would be a good idea to help you get to know some of our fantastic filmmakers. So, borrowing an idea from LA Weekly’s Karina Longworth (the Bernard Pivot to our James Lipton), we submitted four questions to each filmmaker about and themselves and their films. We’ll be randomly posting as many responses as we can fit in between now and the kick-off.

Let’s talk to Marja-Lewis Ryan, writer/producer/co-star of The Four-Faced Liar, screening Friday, June 11th and Saturday June 12th at 7:30pm.

1. Tell us about your movie. Give us the reductive, 25-word or less, “It’s like [pop culture reference a] meets [pop culture reference b]!” pitch, then explain what the quick and dirty sell leaves out.

The Four-Faced Liar is a modern day St. Elmo’s Fire meets Kissing Jessica Stein. Read more…

4 Questions: THE ROCK ‘n’ ROLL DREAMS OF DUNCAN CHRISTOPHER

We thought it would be a good idea to help you get to know some of our fantastic filmmakers.  So, borrowing an idea from LA Weekly’s Karina Longworth (the Bernard Pivot to our James Lipton), we submitted four questions to each filmmaker about and themselves and their films.  We’ll be randomly posting as many responses as we can fit in between now and the kick-off.

Next up is writer/producer/actor Jack Roberts, and director/producer/actor Justin Monroe of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher, screening Saturday, June 12th at 7:00pm at the Kerr Auditorium.

1. Tell us about your movie. Give us the reductive, 25-word or less, “It’s like [pop culture reference a] meets [pop culture reference b]!” pitch, then explain what the quick and dirty sell leaves out.

If Wes Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet baked a cake from a recipe written by John Hughes and displayed it in Tulsa – Very tasty.

A wanna be rock-star tries to live up to his dad’s success in the brutal world of Oklahoma karaoke.  Read more…

A Film A Day – Day 18

Countdown: 18 Days to the 10th Annual Fest

Today’s Featured Film:

The Wayman Tisdale Story – World Premiere!

The Pitch: Jazz musician, NBA Star and Sooner Legend … this doc illuminates the man behind the signature smile.

Why you should see it: Multiple interviews with Tisdale and the whole family, shout-outs from colleagues like Michael Jordan, and Oklahomies like Toby Keith. Uplifting as his left-handed jump hook and upside down bass guitar playing. AND IT’S THE WORLD PREMIERE!

When it’s playing: Saturday June 12th @ 3pm @ the Kerr Audtiorium

More About The Wayman Tisdale Story Here

“The Wayman Tisdale Story” Documentary (Coming Soon) from Brian Schodorf on Vimeo.

A Film A Day – Day 19

Countdown: 19 Days to the 10th Annual Fest

Today’s Featured Film:

iCrime – World Premiere!

The Pitch: In the mysterious world of Internet vloggers and chat rooms, Carrie quickly learns that no one is what they seem in the City of Fallen Angels and it is up to her to unravel the conspiracy before she becomes its victim.

Why you should see it: OK natives work the LA scene to create a gripping drama ripped from the headlines.

When it’s playing: Friday June 11th @ 8pm @ the Kerr Audtiorium

More About iCrime Here

iCrime Trailer from Sure Crossing Films on Vimeo.

A Look Back With Dwight Edwards of The Filmcake: The 2007 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: 2007

I think the defining moment of the 2007 deadCENTER Film Festival was the WORLD PREMIERE of famed international auteur Esteban Don Von McDonaldson’s brilliant film, L’Hell. Truly, deadCENTER had come into its own with this spectacular get. First, it’s in French. So you know it’s really good. Second, it’s in black and white. So you know it’s REALLY good. Despite the infamy surrounding that film’s premier, it turns out there were some other films that screened at the festival as well. For this week’s look back, I re-watched UFO’s At The Zoo, Shwarma: Spawn From Hell, BITCH, and Man With a Moustache.

UFO’s At The Zoo — The Flaming Lips have become a deadCENTER staple. Wayne Coyne, Bradley Beesley, and George Salisbury brought their footage of the 9/15/06 Zoo Amphitheater concert to the Saturday night outdoor screening. They returned in 2008 with the long-awaited Christmas on Mars and this year’s they’ll bring their documentary short Blastula: The Making of Embryonic to the festival.

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Have you bought your passes yet?

2010 Passes

Now that you’ve had time to check out our awesome schedule, it’s time to talk passes. There are three ways you can enjoy the festival. 1) Individual screening tickets, 2) Screening/Panel Pass, or 3) the All-Access Pass. Let’s discuss.

Individual Screening Ticket- $10
Let’s say you’re short on time. Cousin Sarah is getting married that weekend and you only have time for, say, one or two films. All you have to do is walk up the venue where the film you want to see is playing and buy a ticket for $10. Seriously, that’s it. Easy. There are no advance ticket sales so you’ll need to stop by the day the film you want to see is screening and buy your ticket then. Now, what if you don’t like cousin Sarah that much and you want to check out more movies and panels then you need the….

Screening/Panel Pass- $75 (20% Student Discount Available)
With a Screening/Panel Pass you are allowed access to…you guessed it…all film screenings and panels we offer over the five days. That’s over 100 films, three panels and a screenplay table read. This is THE pass for the serious cinephile. You can eat and drink in all the films and special-guest studded panels your heart desires. We’ll allow it. Speaking of eating and drinking, if you’re looking for THE ULTIMATE deadCENTER Film Festival experience you’ll need the…duh, duh, DUH…

All-Access Pass- $125 (20% Student Discount Available)
Consider this baby the golden ticket. You want front-of-the-line access to any and every film screening? DONE! You want to listen to film pros from across the country discuss the most relevant topics in independent film today? DONE! You want to eat, drink, be merry, and hob-nob with filmmakers, journalists, celebrities, and other independent film junkies? DOUBLE DONE! Time for some math: 5 days, 100 films, three panels, a screenplay table read, and almost a dozen special events. Math is hard, but that’s a seriously good deal!

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deadCENTER to Celebrate Diversity with ‘World Fest’

Free Outdoor Event to Feature Award-Winning Musical Comedy, Filmmaker Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY – deadCENTER Film Festival today announced that the award-winning Australian musical comedy Bran Nue Dae will be the featured film for a free outdoor event on Saturday, June 12 in downtown Oklahoma City.

The public is invited to celebrate cultural and creative diversity at “World Fest,” an annual closing night event held on The Lawn at N. E.K. Gaylord Blvd. and N.W. 3rd St. The event begins at 7 p.m., and will host a wide variety of community groups, concessions, musicians and artists. At 9 p.m., filmmakers will be recognized for their talent and hard work at the deadCENTER awards ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the film which begins at 9:30 p.m.

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