OKC DeadCenter Film Festival announces 2021 lineup
Oklahoma City’s DeadCenter Film has chosen a record-breaking lineup of over 175 films to screen at the 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival.
The state’s largest film festival, DeadCenter 2021, will take place June 10-20. Much like the 2020 event, this year’s festival will be a hybrid attraction, with films available online for the duration of the festival and a limited list of outdoor screenings and events for pass holders, the sponsors and the public offered the first weekend, from June 10 to 13. .
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, deadCenter Film switched in a matter of months to a mostly virtual event in 2020, achieving international success with its first online festival format. Organizers are looking to build on that success this year, said Alyx Picard Davis, executive director of DeadCenter Film.
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“People were watching around 8 am… People were chewing movies the second they woke up. It’s a big festival,” she said of the 2020 edition. a very good audience who trust us to organize, and I think that’s what we bring as a festival. “
The 2021 lineup was revealed Thursday night during the deadCenter show’s first launch party at Winchester Drive-in, where the Oklahoma-made movie “Golden Arm” was screened as part of the festivities.
deadCenter Film sees record list of submissions
For this year’s festival, deadCenter Film received over 800 entries from all over the world. With the highest selection rate in its history, the 21st annual event counts 28 feature films, which will be presented with 150 short films grouped into different programs by theme.
This year’s lineup includes a wide range of perspectives for a wide variety of ages, from stories set during the pandemic to documentaries revisiting the past.
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“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s slate! While submissions were naturally down, the overall quality of the storytelling was truly impressive, making the selection process very difficult. This is reflected in the record number of films selected this year, ”said Sara Thompson, director of programming for DeadCenter Film, in a statement.
“I am incredibly proud of our programming team and believe we have been able to program a roster reflecting the talent and thoughtfulness of the team, and a roster that will be fully appreciated by our incredible audience.
Cinematic highlights include familiar faces
This year’s opening feature, “How It Ends,” features familiar faces Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”), Olivia Wilde (“TRON: Legacy”) and Oscar winner Helen Hunt (” As Good as It Gets “). Zoe Lister-Jones (TV’s “New Girl”) stars as a woman who decides to go to one last party in the face of the apocalypse.
Mei Makino makes her directorial debut with “Inbetween Girl,” about a teenage artist struggling with her identity following her parents’ sudden divorce. Writer, director and producer Calogero Carucci delves into the personal tragedies of a family, which were made worse by the financial recession of 2008, in “Moving in 2008.”
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Among the highlights of the documentary, directors Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer recount the efforts of a group of bus drivers to adapt Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic to the local scene in “Alien on Stage.” Iranian-American filmmaker Ashkan Soltani turns up the volume of indigenous heavy metal music with “Rez Metal”, which fits in with the universal metal culture, its creation and its value as a source of inspiration, happiness and of belonging.
Directed by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, “No Ordinary Man” showcases the talent and impact of 1930s jazz pianist and transmasculine pioneer Billy Tipton.
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This year’s DeadCenter will feature 28 films directed by Oklahomans. Writer-director Justin Monroe’s documentary “Holy Frit” (“Duncan Christopher’s Rock’n’roll Dreams”) explores the important issues involved in creating stained glass. “Feel So Good” marks Ben Tefera’s return to DeadCenter with the feature-length version of his 2020 short of the same name. Zoe Sherinian’s “Sakthi Vibrations” documents two radical Catholic nuns in India as they use Tamil folk arts to improve women’s lives through music.
“Skating Polly: Ugly Pop”, directed by Henry Mortensen, revisits the early years of multi-instrumentalist half-brothers Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse of the group Skating Polly.
Short films to be screened as part of deadCenter’s beloved “Okie Shorts” program include Cherokee-language “Totsu (Redbird)”, “Sardis”, “Turtles”, “Hope”, “Roots of Lacrosse”, “Snow Day”, “Yarn”, “The Writers Room”, “Phantom Power”, “Black Owned”, “OK / LA”, “You’re Not Safe in Your Own Bed” and “Stick Up”.
The Oklahoma musicians will be featured as part of deadCenter’s music video shorts program, with singles from Greyson Chance, Samantha Crain, Jabee, The Imaginaries, Mothica, Onyx Lane, Jessica Ray, Roberto and Salem Blue among the selections.
New and old features of the DeadCenter movie
The award for Best Indigenous Short Film will be new in 2021, with a $ 1,000 cash prize sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Film Office. The films competing for the inaugural award are “Blackwater”, “San Diego”, “The Writers Room”, “Roots of Lacrosse”, “Totsu (Redbird)”, “Sardis” and “Inage’i (In the Woods) “. “
The winner of the Best Indigenous Short Film award, along with all of the 2021 festival winners, will be announced live from the Social Capital OKC restaurant and via the festival’s live broadcast at 1 p.m. on June 13.
The deadCenter Community Showcase is also back this year, which will feature free and publicly available short films online; kidsFest, which will showcase the family’s favorite film selections; and techCenter, which will bring emerging cinematic technologies and virtual reality films to the Tower Theater from June 11-12.
Additional titles and lineup will be announced ahead of the festival.
For the current list of films and information on passes and event sponsorships, visit deadcenterfilm.org.