OKLAHOMA CITY (June 14, 2014) – A portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas, and a heartwarming story about the healing power of music, have won top honors at the 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival, held June 11-15 in downtown Oklahoma City.

“Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler, was selected as the Grand Jury Narrative Feature category winner, and Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” won top honors in the Grand Jury Documentary Feature category.

"This was our most competitive year ever," deadCENTER Film Festival Director of Programming Kim Haywood said. "We had more than 1,000 films submit, 100 films were selected and these award winners truly represent the best of the best in independent film anywhere."

Other award-winning films included:

Special Jury Prize: “The Case Against 8,” a behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.

Special Jury Oklahoma: “Sewing Hope,” the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and her fight to bring hope back to her nation after 25 years of terror in northern Uganda at the hands of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Directed by Derek Watson.

Best Oklahoman Film: “The Posthuman Project,” the story of a group of high school friends who go on a rock-climbing trip to celebrate their graduation, the teens receive a genetic boost that gives them superhero abilities. Directed by Kyle Roberts.

Best Narrative Short: “The Karman Line,” the story of a mother who contracts an unusual illness and begins to rise gradually into the air. Directed by Oscar Sharp.

Best Documentary Short: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace,” follows New York-based painter Kehinde Wiley as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women and reveal a new look at beauty in the 21st Century. Directed by Jeff Dupre.

Best Student Film: “Playtime,” the story of a 10-year-old British expat living with his mother in a suburban neighborhood in Kuwait. Directed by Hamad Al-Tourah.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of film industry professionals that includes respected directors, writers, producers and actors.

Judges include: Kat Candler, Morton Denn, Chuck Foxen, Gray Frederickson, Brent Ryan Green, Fritz Kiersch, Hunt Lowry, Greg Mellott, Clifton Raphael, Amy Rice, Vivienne Roumani, Sam Shapson, A.J. Sheeran, John Springer, Victoria Sturtevant, and Derek Watson.

DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. More than 15,000 people attended deadCENTER Film Festival screenings in 2013, generating an economic impact of approximately $1.14 million for Oklahoma City. Learn more about deadCENTER Film Festival at www.deadcenterfilm.org.

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