By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Longtime Oklahoma City community leader Julie Hall has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of deadCENTER in 2016. The nonprofit organization is currently being rebranded to more accurately reflect growth beyond its cornerstone program, the deadCENTER Film Festival.
The deadCENTER festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine.
“deadCENTER has grown from a small local film festival established in 2001 to an organization that hosts an internationally recognized film festival and provides students, film teachers and working professionals throughout the state with an award-winning educational program,” said Lissa Blaschke, executive director for deadCENTER.
“Julie has proven to be a tremendous asset for deadCENTER, we’re extremely excited about the future of the independent film arts in Oklahoma with her continued support in this new role.”
Hall, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, has served as Board Chairman for Allied Arts, Westminster School, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, University Hospital Foundation and Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
She was Vice Chairman for the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust, and Film Committee Chairman for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Hall has also served on the board of directors for the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Zoological Society, and Nichols Hills Board of Adjustment.
Joining Hall on the deadCenter Executive Committee are Vice Chairman John Kennedy, Treasurer Carol Johnson, Secretary Ashley Byrnes and Past Chairman Art Cotton.
Last year Cotton led deadCENTER to its most successful festival ever, attracting more 30,000 attendees and generating an economic impact of approximately $4.25 million for Oklahoma City.
The festival also launched a Film and Video Teachers Conference for high school teachers around the state and a Film Festival Organizer Summit for anyone starting their own festival under Cotton’s leadership.
Hall worked with Cotton to restructure the organization and increase the full-time staff to four. They also led the search for deadCENTER’s new executive director, Lissa Blaschke.
New Board members for 2016 include: Emily Blaschke, First Vice President, MidFirst Bank; Bryan King, President, Fellers Snider law firm; Robert Miner, Senior Human Resources Project Manager, The Boeing Company; and Mike Palmer, Associate General Counsel, Devon Energy Corporation.
Returning board members include: Barbara Cable, Sally Ferrell, Peter Fulmer, Bryan Geiger, Alesha Leemaster, Debbie Nauser, Heather Ross, Kimber Shoop and Paige Williams.
The 16th annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 in downtown Oklahoma City.
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.
For more information visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.