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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival adds Paul George animated short film, Danny Boyle's Beatles comedy 'Yesterday' to 2019 slate

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Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) gets a major career boost from Ed Sheeran (playing himself) after Jack begins performing songs by The Beatles in "Yesterday," directed by Danny Boyle. [Universal Pictures photo]
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) gets a major career boost from Ed Sheeran (playing himself) after Jack begins performing songs by The Beatles in "Yesterday," directed by Danny Boyle. [Universal Pictures photo]

Organizers of the deadCenter Film Festival have announced the addition of two high-profile films to the 2019 festival lineup: “Yesterday,” an eagerly anticipated rock ‘n’ roll comedy from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle, and “Growing Up George,” an animated short film about Thunder NBA All-Star Paul George.

“Yesterday” will screen as the official closing night film at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.

“Growing Up George” will be shown for free before the music documentary “Bluebird” outdoors at 9 p.m. June 8 at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn, according to a news release.


“Yesterday” stars Himesh Patel (BBC’s “Eastenders”) as a struggling musician who realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. Billed as “a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life,” “Yesterday” was directed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later,” from a screenplay penned by Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love, Actually” and “Notting Hill.”

Featuring new versions of The Beatles most beloved hits, “Yesterday” co-stars Lily James from “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and Emmy winner Kate McKinnon from “Saturday Night Live.” British pop star Ed Sheeran and late-night talk-show host James Corden appear as themselves.

“Growing Up George,” an animated short film about Thunder NBA All-Star Paul George, will show at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Poster image provided]
“Growing Up George,” an animated short film about Thunder NBA All-Star Paul George, will show at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Poster image provided]

“Growing Up George” is the latest offering from OKC Thunder Films, working in conjunction with Deep Sky Productions of Portland, Oregon, and inspired by the artwork of Thunder global superfan Nanae Yamano of Japan.

 OKC Thunder Films has produced several projects, including “The Kiwi Way,” “Si Señor!” and “Mr. Thunder.” The latter, about Thunder player Nick Collison, made its debut at the 2018 deadCenter Film Festival.

“Growing Up George” focuses on Thunder forward Paul George’s major influences who made him the player and person he is today. Specifically, it centers on his older sister, Teiosha, and his mother, Paulette. It’s a story of family love and bonding, female empowerment, dedication to one’s craft and recovering from adversity, according to the news release.

As previously reported, deadCenter organizers revealed last month that the film “Bluebird,” about the famed Nashville cafe and songwriters haven, also will be shown at this year's free outdoor screening - one of the festival's popular traditions - on June 8.

The 19th annual deadCenter Film Festival is scheduled for June 6-9 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. As previously reported, organizers have selected about 140 films for festival, including more than 20 feature-length movies, 100-plus short films and 10 Virtual Reality 360 films. More than 1,500 films were considered for the 2019 festival.

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. 

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.

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.

-BAM


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Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) gets a major career boost from Ed Sheeran (playing himself) after Jack begins performing songs by The Beatles in "Yesterday," directed by Danny Boyle. [Universal Pictures photo]

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) gets a major career boost from Ed Sheeran (playing himself) after Jack begins performing songs by The Beatles in "Yesterday," directed by Danny Boyle. [Universal Pictures photo]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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