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Three Oklahoma Film Rebate Program productions selected for deadCenter Film Festival

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Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on the DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Image provided]
Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on the DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Image provided]

Three productions that used the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program have been announced as selections for next month's deadCenter Film Festival: “The Bygone,” “Hosea” and “Trolls: Stop Motion.”

As previously reported, a record-breaking 1,500 films were submitted to the deadCenter Film Festival for consideration at this year’s event, and 140 were chosen as official selections. The 19th annual festival is scheduled for June 6-9 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Written and directed by brothers Graham and Parker Phillips, who have Oklahoma family ties, “The Bygone” tells the story of a young rancher who falls in love with a Lakota Sioux girl from a nearby reservation. Her sudden disappearance sparks a search that uncovers a harrowing past that hints at a dire future. Graham Phillips (“The Good Girl,” “Riverdale”) also stars in the film, which features a robust cast, including Shawn Hatosy (“Animal Kingdom,” “Southland”), Jamie McShane (“Bloodline,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) and Irene Bedard (“Into the West,” “Pocahantas”). As previously reported, the film was produced in Oklahoma in November 2017 and filmed throughout the state at a number of locations, including Alabaster Caverns State Park.

A graduate of Southern Nazarene University, Ryan Daniel Dobson’s debut feature film “Hosea” is a modern re-imaging of the ancient Hebrew tale in a dramatic story of love that follows one woman’s journey toward self-acceptance. Starring Camille Rowe (“Our Day Will Come”) and Avi Nash (“The Walking Dead”), this film was produced in Oklahoma City earlier last year, according to a news release. 

“We’re excited to bring ‘Hosea’ back to Oklahoma, and we were so thankful to have been able to shoot there,” said writer/director Dobson in a statement. “Oklahoma has a raw beauty you can’t find shooting elsewhere. There’s no visual double for the big blue sky where it meets the red clay dirt. It became a character in our film.”


Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on the DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series. As previously reported, Roberts produced the streaming series for DreamWorks in Oklahoma City and secured the job for his company after successfully achieving a spec test for the first ever commercially-made 360 degree stop motion production. This virtual experience of the series will leap interactive participants into a kid’s playroom and the world of the Trolls.

“We are continually impressed by the growth and quality programming of the deadCenter Film Festival,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “We’re proud to have three projects which have utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program in this year’s festival, and we look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of those filmmakers alongside our additional local cast, crew and industry members who will be featured atdeadCenter.”

For a complete schedule of deadCenter events, ticketing information and more, go to deadcenterfilm.org. And look for my interviews with Roberts and the Phillips brothers coming soon.

-BAM

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Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on the DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Image provided]

Local filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures will present a virtual reality experience based on the DreamWorks “Trolls: Stop Motion” animated series at the 2019 deadCenter Film Festival. [Image provided]

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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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