Lights, camera, action! It's June in Oklahoma City and the summer months take the spotlight with a supporting cast of festivals, concerts, the great outdoors and a ton of summer fun to pack the play days. One festival in particular that piques the interest of film fanatics all over the country is the deadCENTER Film Festival that is held right in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City.

The world-renowned festival, which began as a one-night event in 2001, celebrates its 15th year of existence this month and promises to be a blockbuster with screenings, panels, workshops and parties spread over a five-day festival. More than 100 indie films are showcased with genres including short films documentaries, comedies and horror movies. Named as one of the Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine, it's Oklahoma's largest film festival with more than 25,000 people in attendance in 2014. It's also drawn some big names in the past including Nick Offerman (or Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation) who opened for the festival in 2012.

The festival will start on Wednesday, June 10th and run through Sunday, June 14th. All events are held within walking distance in downtown Oklahoma City with the festival headquarters located at the beautiful Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA). Other screenings will take place at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, Devon Energy Auditorium, The Paramount on Film Row, the Myriad Gardens Terrace Room and the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens. Shuttles will be available during peak hours. An all-access pass is available online for $125 and allows access to every event and priority seating. Individual tickets are available for $10 at the door beginning 20 minutes before each screening. 


Not a big film person but still want to check out just what the deadCENTER Film Festival is all about? Great! Free outdoor screenings and special event screenings are going to be your main feature. The free outdoor screenings will be held on the Great Lawn of the Myriad Gardens on Saturday and Sunday evening starting at 9:30 p.m. These screenings are open to the public and lawn chairs, blankets and ice chests are encouraged. Native Storytelling is a free, special event that will take place on Saturday afternoon at the OKCMOA and features a half-hour documentary called "First Encounter" that tells the story of the Chickasaws and Spanish conquistadors. Katie Holmes' documentary, "Eternal Princess," is a short film about gymnastic superstar Nadia Comaneci and will be shown on Saturday evening at the OKCMOA. "The Veil: A Work in Progress" will be featured on Sunday afternoon at the OKCMOA and is a sci-fi adventure directed by Oklahoma native Brent Ryan Green and stars William Levy, William Moseley and Serinda Swan. Both "The Veil: A Work in Progress" and "Eternal Princess" have a $10 admission price.

Come out and experience one of the coolest film festivals in the country as things start to heat up for summer in Oklahoma City!