4 Questions: RICHARD GARRIOTT: MAN ON A MISSION

Tonight we’ll be gathering under the stars to watch a tremendous documentary about one man’s journey to follow his father’s footsteps into space. The name of the film is Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, and it’s a free screening Saturday June 12th at 9:00pm, immediately following the deadCENTER Awards ceremony and Cosmic Arts Jubilee.

Let’s hear from the director, Mike Woolf:

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.

We could try and come up with a “Apollo 13 meets Dungeons and Dragons” analogy but it will never be as cool as some of the reviews we’ve been getting. Here are a few of our favorites: Read more…

4 Questions: RACHEL IS

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.

Let’s hear from Charlotte Glynn, director of Rachel Is, an intimate, heartbreaking, and hilarious portrait of the relationship between her mother Jane and her developmentally disabled sister Rachel. Rachel Is screens today at 5:30pm at the IAO Gallery along with the short Down in Number 5.

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.

Rachel Is is like Best Boy meets Napoleon Dynamite. Read more…

4 Questions: THE ROUNDER COMES TO TOWN

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.

One of our up-and-coming Oklahoma filmmakers this year is Adam Beatty, whose debut short The Rounder Comes to Town screens in the Okie Shorts 2 program Saturday, June 12th at 5:30pm.

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.

It’s like Django meets The Hustler.  I don’t feel like that’s accurate, but it’s all I can think of.
The Rounder Comes to Town is an Okie Gothic film based on a traditional song dating back to 1720. Read more…

4 Questions: EN TUS MANOS

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.

En Tus Manos is a unique hybrid of indie film: Produced by Oklahomans, filmed in Bogota, Columbia, featuring Actors from Columbia and Mexico, and exploring themes that are universal. It screens as part of the Worldview Shorts Program Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm.

Here’s Producer Brent Green and Director Ron Jacobs:

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.

En Tus Manos is a short narrative film that depicts a Latin American young man who wants to escape his bad home life. In order to do so, he joins a gang. However, what he finds is that it takes courage to do what’s right regardless of the consequences when you are choosing between life or death and love or hatred. Read more…

4 Questions: DOWN IN NUMBER 5

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.

Meet Kim Spurlock, director of Down in Number 5, a haunting short film (based on a true story) about a retired coal miner struggling to care for his 40-year old developmentally disabled son.  Down in Number 5 screens with the documentary feature Rachel Is on Thursday, June 10th at 5:30pm.

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.

“Down in Number 5″ is a Southern Gothic fact-based fiction.  I can’t think of a pop culture reference for it!  I don’t feel entirely comfortable comparing myself to authors of such stature, but if I had to pick, I would say it is like Harper Lee meets Flannery O’Connor? Read more…

4 Questions: A GOOD DAY TO DIE

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.

A Good Day to Die is a stirring account of the history of the American Indian Movement and its founder, Dennis Banks.  deadCENTER is honored to host the World Premiere of this movie on Saturday, June 12th at 5:00pm, with a second screening Sunday the 13th at 1:00pm.  Dennis’ daughter Tashina Banks and many special guests will also be in attendance for Saturday’s premiere.

Let’s hear from the film’s directing team, David Mueller and Lynn Salt:

1. Tell us about your movie. Give us the reductive, 25-word-or-less pitch, then explain what the quick and dirty sell leaves out.

LYNN:  A GOOD DAY TO DIE is one man’s journey (Dennis Banks) through the 20th Century during a time when American Indian consciousness was being raised in part by Indian men in prison–many of whom were in for “crimes of poverty”–as they began reading books about their own tribal histories and discovering their cultural roots.   Read more…

4 Questions: OUR HOUSE

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 Greg King and David Teague, co-directors of Our House, screening Saturday, June 12th at 3:30pm with the short film Catedral.

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.

Our House is Dark Days meets Into Great Silence, a richly artistic portrayal of a unique alternative shelter space for the homeless in an abandoned warehouse, run by a group of Christian anarchist squatter punks. Read more…

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: HEART OF NOW

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.

Today we hear from Zak Forsman, writer/director/producer of Heart of Now, a deadCENTER World Premiere at the OKC Museum of Art Friday, June 11th at 2:00pm.  Lead actress Marion Kerr is also scheduled to attend the premiere, and music director DEKLUN will be performing in the theater immediately before the screening as well.

Zak also serves as the co-founder of the SABI filmmaking collective (which produced Heart of Now), and curates the NEW BREED blog on TheWorkbookProject.com, a site dedicated to providing tools and inspiration to independent filmmakers.  The Heart of Now screening will be immediately followed by a New Technology in Film Panel where Zak and other filmmakers will discuss how new forms of media have influenced the way they produce, create, distribute and promote their films.

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.

My father died when I was 19.  In many ways, I wrote and directed HEART OF NOW in response to those feelings of being “left behind”.   Read more…

4 Questions: IN THIS PLACE

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.

Today’s filmmaker is Amy Bench, who wrote and directed In This Place, featured in our free-to-the-public Kids Fest program of family-friendly films.

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.

It’s like Wes Anderson meets Michel Gondry meets Miranda July. Read more…

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