deadCENTER Film Festival Brings Films to Tulsa

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The deadCENTER Film Festival sent out a special press release today about an upcoming event in Tulsa, Oklahoma:

The deadCENTER Film Festival will travel to Tulsa for a two-day mini festival on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s independent and non-profit art-house movie theatre, 10 S. Lewis Ave.

DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine.

“The deadCENTER Film Festival is in its 15th year of bringing quality independent films from around the world to Oklahoma and providing Oklahoma filmmakers with a nationally recognized platform to share their work,” said Lance McDaniel, executive director for deadCENTER Film Festival. “Tulsa filmmakers have had a significant impact on shaping deadCENTER over the years, so we’re very excited to have this opportunity to bring the best of this year’s festival to Circle Cinema, and honored to be included in the anniversary celebration of this important venue for the independent film arts.”

The weekend festival will include a mix of Oklahoma and Tulsa premieres, films from the Sundance Film Festival, a free Kids fest for children ages 3-11, free film seminars for high school students, and parties each night where patrons can talk about the films and meet the filmmakers.

Opening night on Friday will include the Tulsa premiere of “Light from the Darkroom,” a religious thriller from Tulsa-based screenwriter Kathleen Rooney starting at 7 p.m., “Sewing Hope,” a documentary about Sister Rosemary Nyrirumbe from producers Reggie and Rachelle Whitten at 7:30 p.m., the Oklahoma premiere of “The Widowers,” a comedy directed by Tulsa University graduate Jonathan Scott Chin and starring Tulsa native and TU graduate Kent Meister at 9 p.m., and the Sundance charmer “To Be Takei,” about Star Trek actor and activist George Takei at 9:30 p.m.

There will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and film screenings will take place between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets for each screening is $9 at the door for adults, $7 for students, seniors and military, and $5 for kids. Tickets for Circle members are $6. Advance tickets are available online here.

The official opening night after-party begins at 11 p.m.

Day two of the festival beings at 11 a.m. on Saturday with kidsFEST, a series of kid-friendly short films. These screenings are free and open to the public. There will also be a free film seminar from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Saturday evening screenings kick-off with “Beauty is Embarrassing,” by Moore, Oklahoma filmmaker Neil Berkeley, which won Best Documentary in 2012 and a PBS Independent Lens selection, starting at 5 p.m., “Best of Okie Shorts,” including outstanding short films from Jenks High School students, at 5:30 p.m., the high school superhero movie “The Posthuman Project,” which won Best Oklahoma Film at this year’s festival, at 7 p.m., and “This May Be the Last Time,” the first feature length documentary from Sundance award-winning Tulsa filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, at 7:30 p.m.

There will be two “mystery” screenings to be announced for the 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. time slots, and the closing night after party begins at 11 p.m.

View the full schedule online here.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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