By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Approximately 100 films have been selected for official screenings at the 15th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival, which will take place Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City.
Festival films include comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world.
“With well over 1,000 submissions, this was our most competitive year ever,” said Kim Haywood, Festival director of programming and education.
“It was a great thrill to see a record eight feature films produced in Oklahoma make the cut. It is obvious that our great universities and our state rebate program are having a huge impact on the growth of the film industry here in Oklahoma.”
The deadCENTER Film Festival is named for its geographic location in the center of the country.
Screening locations include the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), 415 Couch Drive; Harkins Bricktown 16, 150 E. Reno Ave; Devon Energy Auditorium, 333 W. Sheridan Ave; and the Terrace Room at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave.
All Access Passes are available for $150 at OKCMOA starting June 9, which allow priority admission to films, parties, panels and special events. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door prior to each screening.
This year’s DCFF Oklahoma Film ICON award honorees are Bradley Beesley, Bob Berney, Tim Blake Nelson and Bird Runningwater. Chip Fudge will be honored as the festival’s Community ICON award winner.
“From actor James Marsden and producer Hunt Lowry, to Oscar-winning make-up artist Matthew Mungle, the ICON award has offered overdue recognition to familiar names and introduced huge industry successes that have flown under the radar,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival.
Beesley’s documentary films include “Hill Stomp Hollar” (SXSW), “Okie Noodling” (PBS), and “Summercamp!” (Sundance).
He will join producer Melissa Scaramucci, former DCFF executive director and Austin-based filmmaker Ben Steinbauer (“Calls to Okies”) for an Okie Film ICON Panel discussion from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. on June 12 at OKCMOA.
Beesley will screen “Calls to Okies,” a short film that evening at 6 p.m. at Harkins Bricktown, and “The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers” a documentary feature at 12:30 p.m. on June 13, at Harkins.
CEO of New York based Picturehouse, Berney’s major successes include Academy Award winners “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “La Vie en Rose,” and Robert Altman‘s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Berney will join entertainment attorney Jay Shanker and film curator Michael J. Anderson for a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. on June 12 at OKCMOA. That evening his latest film “Gloria” will screen at 7:15 p.m. at Devon Energy Auditorium.
Nelson, a director, writer and actor from Tulsa, has appeared in more than 65 productions including “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) and “Lincoln” (2012).
He will host a screening of his latest film, “Anesthesia,” starring Glen Close and Sam Waterson at 8 p.m. on June 13 at OKCMOA.
Runningwater, the associate director of Native American and Indigenous Programs for the Sundance Institute, will lead a discussion about Indigenous film at 1:30 p.m. on June 13 at OKCMOA.
Fudge, chairman of Claims Management Resources, has worked with the Oklahoma City to restore many local historic locations including Film Row providing deadCENTER with its first permanent home.
He will be honored prior to Opening Night film, “Best of Enemies,” at 6 p.m. on June 11 at OKCMOA.
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) will honor this year’s films and filmmakers with a reception on June 12 at 8 p.m. at IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Avenue on Film Row.
In honor of DCFF’s 15th anniversary, the Chickasaw Nation is sponsoring the deadCenter Studio Backlot Party. The 2015 kickoff event will be held at the American Indian Cultural Center, 659 American Indian Blvd., on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 – 10 pm.
Guests are asked to dress as their favorite actor or movie. Tickets are $150 and are available at www.deadcenterfilm.org/party.
For the complete festival schedule visit the website.