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deadCENTER Film Festival this weekend

Staff Report

A widely-praised film documentary, “Page One: Inside the New York Times,” opens the  deadCENTER Opening Night film screenings beginning at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday, June 9) at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.

The festival was scheduled to start last evening (Wednesday, June 8) in the 400 block of North Broadway, with “Talihina Sky,” the story of Kings of Leon, whose strict Pentecostal upbringing in Oklahoma and Tennessee preceded their unlikely transformation into one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

The 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival runs through Sunday, June 12 at seven locations in downtown Oklahoma City. The festival schedule is available online:

This year’s Sunday schedule includes a full day of films, running until the evening.

One highly-anticipated showing is Page One. For 14 months, Director Andrew Rossi was given unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom. The film chronicles the transformation of the media industry during a time of rapid change and uncertainty that has touched every news room in America.

It offers an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-record quotes and skillful page-one pitching that brings one of the world’s most venerable newspapers to fruition each and every day.

According to Executive Director Lance McDaniel, long-time deadCENTER Board member Brian Hearn was instrumental in bringing the film to Oklahoma City. “Brian was with us this January at Sundance where people raved that Page One was the best film at the festival,” McDaniel said. “Thanks to Brian’s persistence, Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media agreed to screen it at deadCENTER as its final film festival before being released nationally.”

The film is family friendly and runs 88 minutes. Individual tickets are $10 at the door. All-access passes are $100 and can be purchased online at this address:

The Page One film will screen a second time at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Harkins Bricktown 16, located at 150 E. Reno Ave.

Founded in 2001, the deadCENTER Film Festival – named for its central geographic location — has grown to become a premiere international event, recognized by MovieMaker magazine as one of the world’s top 20 “coolest festivals.” DCFF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, providing year round events to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts.

Learn more at or call 405-246-9233.

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