Special to The Sun
The 2013 deadCENTER film festival arrives in downtown Oklahoma City on June 5-9.
The deadCENTER festival was founded by Justan and Jayson Floyd in 2001 who showed one night of short films at the State Fairgrounds. It has since expanded to show 115 short films and documentaries from across the world for four days in downtown Oklahoma City. The festival will take place at locations such as the Harkins Bricktown Cinema, Devon Energy Auditorium and five other locations.
deadCENTER is considered one of the 20 “Coolest” festivals in the world, according to MovieMaker magazine. The amount of movies turned away for the festival this summer equaled around the amount of the festival’s total submissions for 2012, publicist Rob Crissinger said. It is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, according to deadCENTER’s website.
“We hope that everyone has a great time,” Crissinger said. “We try to pull together films that are educational, entertaining and thought provoking.”
Three filmmakers from Edmond have been selected to show their films at the festival. A selection panel decides which films to screen to the public by forming small groups to look into every entry. The films that make the cut in the small groups must then pass another screening by the committee to be premiered at the festival, Crissinger said.
Zeb Gautreaux will show “Push,” a short film, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Harkins Bricktown Cinema 11. “Push” follows Nic, a cyclist who has Arthogryposis, a rare birth disorder that limits the use of arms and legs. The documentary shows Nic’s training for Cool Breeze Century, a 100-mile bike race, using only his arms. The film shows Nic’s journey of defying expectations and persevering through the challenges of Arthogryposis.
Jason Gwynn will show “Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Production” and “Cooler,” short films, at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Harkins Bricktown Cinema 2. “Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Production” follows a cinema that is failing from lack of converting to digital production and funds. “Cooler” is a comedy about a substitute teacher, Glen Hopkins, being unwanted in a high school’s faculty. The teacher must defeat the school bully and Frank Morgan, the physics teacher, to obtain the respect of his colleagues and students.
Jeff Robinson and Casey Twenter will show “The Jogger,” a feature film, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Devon Auditorium. “The Jogger” follows Paul, a runner, who is being chased by an unidentified stalker who threatens to kill him. While being chased, Paul uncovers the identity of the stalker that has threatened him and his family.
“deadCENTER is a fantastic festival, and Lance McDaniel and the entire crew do a wonderful job,” Jeff Robinson said. “Casey (Twenter) and I have always wanted to make movies, and we were fortunate enough to make two right here in Oklahoma. We’re proud to be Oklahomans and want to show off our great state. Getting into this festival was the icing.”
All Access passes allow movie-goers priority entrance to the films, which can be purchased for $125, with special deals available for students and Oklahoma City card holders. Students have a reduced rate of $75 with a valid student ID and Oklahoma City card holders can receive an additional pass when they present their card at pick up. Individual tickets will be available 20 minutes before each screening and are $10 after All Access passholders have been seated.
Free outdoor screenings also will be available to the public. The four films will be shown at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on the Grand Lawn. The first free screening will be at 9:30 p.m. after the Patron party on Wednesday.
“If you have never been to deadCENTER, I would suggest going to the outdoor screenings,” Crissinger said. “They are a great way to get a glimpse at what deadCENTER is all about.”
The free outdoor screenings also will be used as a community drop-off for tornado relief efforts from the May 19, May 20 and May 31 storms.
TO FIND the festival’s full schedule, go online to http://deadcenter.festivalgenius.com/2013/schedule/week.