OKC's deadCenter Film Festival reveals 2019 lineup
From Oklahoma City's own Red Dog Saloon to Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, the deadCenter Film Festival will take attendees on wide-ranging cinematic journeys during its 2019 edition.
Organizers have selected 140 films to be screened at the 19th annual festival, scheduled for June 6-9 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. The festival schedule was revealed at a Tuesday night launch party at the nonprofit's Film Row headquarters.
The lineup includes narrative films starring Jessie Eisenberg ("The Art of Self-Defense"), Karen Allen ("Colewell"), Nick Offerman ("Frances Ferguson"), and Janeane Garofalo and Gabourey Sidibe ("Come as You Are"), according to a news release.
“This has been another fantastic year for the festival,” said Sara Thompson, director of programming for deadCenter Film, in a statement. “We received more submissions than ever before and the quality of the films was outstanding. We are excited to present our largest slate of films in deadCenter history.”
More than 1,500 films were considered for the 2019 festival. Of the 140 films selected, 22 are feature-length movies, 108 are short films and 10 are Virtual Reality 360 films, according to the news release.
Thirty-eight of the chosen films were made in Oklahoma or by Oklahoma filmmakers.
Feature films with an Oklahoma connection include "Words From a Bear," about Native American author N. Scott Momaday; "American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel," exploring progressive preachers working in a conservative state; "Red Dog," hit-making songwriter Luke Dick’s memoir about being raised inside the notorious OKC strip club; "Faces of the 47th," Cacky Poarch’s look at educational activism through art; "Arrows of Outrageous Fortune," Mickey Reece’s offbeat comedy; "Home with a View of the Monster," Alex and Todd Greenlee’s psychological thriller; "Hosea," an intense drama about addiction and forgiveness; and "The Bygone," a modern western.
As previously reported, deadCenter organizers revealed earlier this month that the film “Bluebird,” about the famed Nashville cafe and songwriters haven, will be shown at a free outdoor screening on June 8.
To view the full deadCenter schedule, go to dcff2019.eventive.org/schedule.
deadCenter Film is an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that leads free film classes to 3,000 high school and tech center students each fall, offers film seminars for working professionals and public film screenings year round, and hosts about 33,000 moviemakers, film industry representatives and cinema fans at Oklahoma largest film festival each June. deadCenter Film was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Arts & Cultural Nonprofit in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Centerfor Nonprofits.
For more information, go to www.deadcenterfilm.org.