CALL FOR ENTRIES


deadCENTER Film Festival is now accepting entries for the 2011 festival, which will be held June 8-12, 2011. Submitting your film or short screenplay is easy and free. Clicky on the link above to check out categories, deadlines, and entry rules.

Happy submitting! Read more…

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

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…

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: 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: 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…

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