Houston Press writer and Film Threat contributor Pete Vonder Haar checks in with an epic account of his time at this year’s deadCENTER Film Festival, including how he got a wicked black eye during a screening.
The quotes are meaty and plentiful, but here’s one of our favorites: “In this, its tenth year, deadCENTER is firing on all cylinders and is — in my humble opinion — one of the best film festivals around. Period.”
Just in case you didn’t get sick of it before every screening this year, here’s one last look at our opening bumper for deadCENTER 10, featuring clips from many of our outstanding films. (we tried to include them all in a minute, but we didn’t want to induce any seizures from the quick edits).
Stay tuned for more fun from this year’s fest, and news on upcoming events!
Well, here we are, just four days from the kickoff of the tenth annual deadCENTER Film Festival. Think about it – that means just ten short years ago, we didn’t even have a film festival in Oklahoma City. For those of you too young to remember, there used to be a lot of Pictionary and charades played to fill the second week in June. And lots of drinking. Fortunately that is no longer the case. Except for the drinking. There’s still lots of drinking. And the occasional game of Pictionary, if only for old times’ sake. But I digress.
As a member of the board of directors, a faithful fan of the festival, and a self-proclaimed “creativity junkie”, I can promise you that deadCENTER does not disappoint. In my opinion, it’s one of the best things about OKC, and it only gets better year after year.
Take this year for example. It’s our tenth anniversary. An occasion to celebrate. So we are piggybacking our first-ever VIP fundraiser on the already-outstanding, annual kickoff party and outdoor screening. Pretty smart, eh? (Thanks again, Anthony McDermid!)
Legendary BMX pioneer and favorite native son Mat Hoffman will help kick off the 10th annual deadCENTER Film Festival on Wednesday, June 9 with a special free, open-to-the-public outdoor screening of “The Birth of Big Air,” the highly acclaimed documentary about his life and career.
Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air.” Partially shot in Oklahoma, the film was created for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.