The deadCenter Film Festival has selected 140 films to be screened at the 19th annual festival, scheduled for Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City.
With documentary films about the Bluebird Cafe, Red Dog Saloon, and the inventor of the jump shot, and narrative films starring Jessie Eisenberg, Janeane Garofalo, Karen Black, and Gabourey Sidibe, there is something for every taste and genre.
“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.
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, Grammy-winning songwriter Luke Dick’s memoir about being raised inside the notorious strip club; Faces of the 47th, Cacky Poarch’s look at educational activism through art; Arrows of Outrageous Fortune, Mickey Reece’s hilarious, 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 gorgeous modern western.
deadCenter Film is an Oklahoma City-based non-profit 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 33,000 at Oklahoma largest film festival each June. deadCenter Film was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Arts & Cultural Nonprofit in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.