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deadCenter Film Festival
June 6 - June 9$12 – $200
deadCenter Film Festival is a cornerstone in Oklahoma City’s current creative renaissance. Each year, they bring the best and brightest filmmakers from around the world to mingle with the great filmmakers and film fans that call Oklahoma home. As Oklahoma’s largest film festival, deadCenter is the best place to see exciting new short films, insightful documentaries, hilarious comedies, scary monster movies, and the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma.
OF+MO, in conjunction with deadCenter, will host the Oklahoma Film ICON Panel Series featuring intimate conversations with special guests, including this year’s featured festival filmmakers and ICON award recipients. The panels will provide attendees networking and educational opportunities. Topics will include actors turned directors, documentary storytelling, content creation, locations scouting, special effects makeup, cinematic lighting and the future of Oklahoma’s film industry. Confirmed panelists include Graham Phillips (“Riverdale”, “The Bygone”), Alison Naifeh (“August: Osage County”, “I Can Only Imagine”), Steve Mathis (“Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Moulin Rouge”), Steve LaPorte (“Beetlejuice”, “X-Men”, “The Color Purple”), Jeffrey Palmer (“Words From a Bear”), Luke Dick (“Red Dog”), Paul Stuart (Amaze VR), Tava Maloy Sofsky (Oklahoma Film + Music Office) and Hayden Szeto and Grant Rosenmeyer (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”). These panels will take place on Saturday, June 8, at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), located on the Bricktown Canal at 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. These panels are free and open to both the public and festival goers.
A schedule of the panels is as follows:
- 10:00 a.m. – Actor as Storyteller
- 11:00 a.m. – Documentary Storytelling
- 12:00 p.m. – Future of Content Creation and Distribution
- 1:00 p.m. – Location Scouting with Alison Naifeh
- 2:00 p.m. – Special EFX Make-Up with Steve LaPorte
- 3:00 p.m. – Creating Beautiful Images with Gaffer Steve Mathis
- 4:00 p.m. – Future of Oklahoma Film
A record-breaking 1,500 films were submitted to the deadCenter Film Festival for consideration at this year’s event of which 140 were chosen as official selections. Among them, three productions that utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Programlink were announced: “The Bygone”, “Hosea” and “Trolls: Stop Motion” (pictured above).
Written and directed by Oklahomans Graham and Parker Phillips, “The Bygone” tells the story of a young rancher who falls in love with a Lakota Sioux girl from a nearby reservation whose sudden disappearance sparks a search that uncovers a harrowing past that hints at a dire future. Graham Phillips (“The Good Girl”, “Riverdale”) also stars in the film, which features a robust cast, including Shawn Hatosy (“Animal Kingdom”, “Southland”), Jamie McShane (“Bloodline”, “Fear the Walking Dead”) and Irene Bedard (“Into the West”, “Pocahantas”). The film, which celebrates its world-premiere at deadCenter, was produced in Oklahoma in November 2017 and filmed throughout the state at a number of locations, including Alabaster Caverns State Park.
A graduate of Southern Nazarene University, Ryan Daniel Dobson’s debut feature film “Hosea” is a modern re-imaging of the ancient Hebrew tale in a dramatic story of love that follows one woman’s journey toward self-acceptance. Starring Camille Rowe (“Our Day Will Come”) and Avi Nash (“The Walking Dead”), this film was produced in Oklahoma City earlier last year.
Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series. Roberts produced the streaming series for DreamWorks in Oklahoma City and secured the job for his company after successfully achieving a spec test for the first ever commercially-made 360 degree stop motion production. This virtual experience of the series will leap interactive participants into a kid’s playroom and the world of the Trolls.
deadCenter is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festival in the World. Last year’s event attracted over 33,000 attendees generating an economic impact of $5.3 million (as reported by The Oklahoman on July 27, 2018).