deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival for the past 13 years and one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" according to MovieMaker magazine. This year's festival is June 5-9 and includes 115 comedies, dramas, hard-hitting documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world.
deadCENTER will open their 2013 festival on Thursday, June 6, with the film The Cherokee Word for Water about Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, presented by the Chickasaw Nation. Then, on Friday, June 7, actor Wes Studi and producer Hunt Lowry will host a free screening of The Last of the Mohicans under the stars in the Myriad gardens. For a full list of the more than 115 films playing throughout the weekend, please visit http://www.deadcenterfilm.org/.
deadCENTER Film Festival and Myriad Botanical Gardens are teaming-up with community relief groups and corporate sponsors to help raise money and facilitate clothing and goods donations for tornado victims.
On the evenings of June 5, 7, 8, and 9, deadCENTER will show free outdoor movies at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn starting at 9:15 p.m. Donation buckets, clothing drop boxes, volunteer sign-up stations and community partner booths will be open and available to the public before and during the screenings. deadCENTER is working with the United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Regional Food Bank and other local organizations to identify the most pressing needs to address at that time.
On Wednesday night, Devon Energy will present The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My Darling; on Friday night, the Kirkpatrick Foundation will present The Last of the Mohicans; on Saturday night, Chesapeake Energy will present The Short Game and on Sunday night, CK Cleaners will present Stevie Nicks: In your Dreams. All films are free and open to the public. Donations are not required, but are encouraged.
"The relief effort in Moore will be long and arduous," deadCENTER Executive Director Lance McDaniel said. "Our goal is to inspire people to continue to donate and provide help after the initial shock wears off."