Pick of the Week: WINNEBAGO MAN at the OKCMOA

You may have noticed it on our main page, but there’s a little shindig we’re pretty excited about this Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The festival smash hit WINNEBAGO MAN is screening as a co-presentation with deadCENTER Film, followed by a meet-and-greet with festival staff and complementary Stella Artois. (what’s that? free beer?)

Why this film, why now? Well, there are some fresh faces around the deadCENTER Film offices these days, namely new Executive Director Lance McDaniel and Programming Director Kevin Ely. We thought it would be a good idea to give us all a chance to bond the deadCENTER way… with fine movies and great beer. But we’re also celebrating all that has come before, by honoring our two outgoing angels, Cacky Poarch and Melissa Scaramucci, who helped build this crazy ship and steered it to where we are today. And while we’re at it, what better way to celebrate deadCENTER’s impact than showing a successful film that was partially funded through our fiscal sponsorship program?

So head down to the OKC Museum of Art at 7:30pm for the screening, and stick around and say hi afterwards. We’d love to see you.

For information on ticket pricing, directions and other fun happenings at the OKCMOA, please visit, www.okcmoa.com.

Toronto Dispatch: Mike Mills’ BEGINNERS

OKCMOA Film Curator Brian Hearn is at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be posting some of his thoughts on what he’s seeing. Here’s his latest report:

I like Mike Mills. He seems like a cool guy. He’s a graphic designer, musician, and film director, perhaps best known for his music videos and his debut feature THUMBSUCKER (2005) which featured his distinctly “indie” visual style. I was lucky enough to catch the world preem of his new film BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent. Despite the $40 ticket at the old school, cushy red velvet seated Elgin Theater (probably my favorite venue at TIFF), it was worth every penny. Read more…

TORONTO DISPATCH: Out for a Very Long Walk

OKCMOA Film Curator Brian Hearn is at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be posting some of his thoughts on what he’s seeing. Here’s his second report:

For my generation (X that is), Emilio Estevez will forever be associated with his acting roles in THE OUTSIDERS, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, ST. ELMO’S FIRE and REPO MAN. We’ll forgive him the rest; errr…THE MIGHTY DUCKS!? Anyway, then he turns up a few years back with a pretty decent film that he wrote and directed, BOBBY. Yesterday I saw the world premiere of his new film THE WAY starring who else, his dad. Why wouldn’t you cast Martin Sheen? Read more…

A Look Back With Dwight Edwards of The Filmcake: The 2009 Festival

The 10th edition of deadCENTER is just ONE WEEK AWAY. The drone of festival buzz is in the air. Anticipation can barely be contained. Hyperbole abounds. Since I’ll be seeing a ton of films starting in just one week, I decided to keep it short and sweet this week as I look back at last year’s festival. There were plenty of great feature films that screened last year. My two favorite features happened to be documentaries, the wonderful Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo from Bradley Beesley and the Best Documentary Feature winner Official Rejection. Both definitely worth checking out. But, I’m sticking with short films in this final recap. The short film programs are often your best bet. You can pack in a bunch of movies in a short period of time. And if you happen to run across a not-so-good one, you only have to wait a few minutes for something else to start playing. Luckily, there are more than enough real gems to be found as well. For this week, I looked back at SAFE, Hit Boys II Men, Whore, The SPAM Job, and Miracle Investigators.
 
SAFE – A nice Okie short that came out of Living Art’s 2009 24-Hour Video Race contest. A curious kid tries to see what is locked away in his neighbor’s safe. Given the limitations of the video contest, the film is nicely done with a fair amount of restraint. Good camera work. Not too wordy. But certainly very promising. The two young filmmakers, Bunee Tomlinson and Jackson Fall are also bringing a couple of films to this year’s festival as part of the Kids’ Fest shorts program–Mom’s Favorite Vase and Without a Doubt–which will screen Friday and Saturday mornings at the downtown library.
 
This 5-minute short film is available on Vimeo.
 
Hit Boys II Men – Another Okie short from the ubiquitous Singletree Productions. Mark Potts, Cole Selix, and Brand Rackley deliver a funny dark comedy about desire, redemption, and…MURDER. On the one hand, it emits an honest vibe of three friends sitting around the house, goofing around, and just deciding to make a movie. It looks like they’re all having a blast. On the other hand, it happens to be well crafted, quite funny and eminently watchable. Stone’s (Potts) delayed reaction to drinking the raw eggs makes me laugh every time. The Singletree crew was also responsible for the very hilarious Hard Justice promo videos before each screening at the 2009 festival. This year they return with the feature Simmons on Vinyl and the short The Bedazzler.
 
This 20-minute short film is available online.
 
Whore – Screened during the Midnight Shorts program, this 22-minute short film from Prarthana Mohan follows Wendy’s awkward high school experience. Wendy (the excellent Corina Boettger) is a former home-schooled student who both fears and is fascinated by the sexuality around her. As the bullies encroach, she must come to terms with her own sexuality while figuring out who are her real friends. The director is respectful of the female lead, her religious home-school background, and her dysfunctional family. These depictions are tempered, seeming more honest than exploitative.
 
The SPAM Job – This 12-minute short film directed by Padraic Culham follows a stolen can of SPAM in a story of international mystery. This “documentary” follows the multitude of evidence that surrounds the theft of the aforementioned meat-like product. The filmmakers play it so straight that in between all of the laughs you almost begin to actually care about the eventual outcome of the investigation.
 
Miracle Investigators – My favorite short film from the 2009 festival. This 13-minute comedy short from Jeremy Dehn certainly delivers on the laughs. The movie has to contain two of the most quotable and hilarious lines of dialogue from any deadCENTER film past or present: “I’ve been pretty New Testament with you up to now, want to see me go Old?” and “I gave up ass-kicking for Lent/But it’s not Lent/I know.” The movie also very competently alludes to old cop shows and kung fu movies. I could watch this one ALL day.

 

 

Next Wednesday: The 10th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival begins!!!

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 Look Back With Dwight Edwards of The Filmcake: The 2006 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: 2006

Ahh…2006. There was Maxed Out and Brothers of the Head.  There was The McPassion and Secession. There was Rusty Forkblade and Mr. Malikai. There was Binta and the Great Idea and Entre Luz Y Sol. There was even Armand Assante as a super-serious mall cop. And still some of the most enjoyable stuff I saw at that festival was before the films even started. The City of deadCENTER spots, starring Matt Brown, were among the best stuff at the festival. After 2006, I began to anticipate these spots almost as much as the regularly submitted films.

But, alas, a film festival is more than its brilliant intro spots. For this week, I take a look back at Maxed Out, Outside Sales, Mr. Malikai Battles the Aeroplane, and Secession.

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This Is An Announcement: Screenwriting Class Offered by OKCMoA

The Oklahoma Museum of Art will be offering a series of classes on screenwriting. The classes are only have space for 12 students, so hurry up and secure your spot!

WRITING THE FESTIVAL SHORT

Sundays, March 28-April 25, 1-4 pm (5 classes)
Ability level: Novice/Beginner
$70 members/ $90 nonmembers (materials provided)
Maximum enrollment is 12 students.
Instructor: Kevin A. Mahoney

This class will focus on the completion of a short, twelve-page screenplay for festival consideration. Emphasis will be placed on character development, effective use of conflict, adherence to dramatic action, and revision. Students will watch film clips, read scripts, and participate in roundtable discussions.

For more information or to enroll, call (405) 236-3100, ext. 213, or register online at http://www.tickets.okcmoa.com.

Sundance Dispatch : Brian Hearn of OKCMoA

Brian Hearn, Oklahoma City Museum of Art film director, went to Sundance this year. Hit the jump below to read about his trials and tribulations in Park City.

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