After a year like no other, the 2021 deadCenter Film Festival today announces the addition of four new titles to join the previously noted, record-breaking number of films in this year’s festival. The unprecedented showing now sits at 179 total films screened, presenting 29 feature-length films and 150 short films split into 18 shorts programs. deadCenter Film’s programming team works six months out of the calendar year to dig through submissions, curating a slate of independent films celebrating art and stories from around the world, streaming from the heart of Oklahoma City.
Of the new mentions, deadCenter is thrilled to add films from our favorite festivals to the 2021 slate. Topping the list is a Special Presentation of Mickey Reece’s Agnes (Tribeca). deadCenter is excited to showcase the Oklahoma City-based director’s fourth festival appearance. Agnes tells the story of a nun’s disturbing behavior sparking rumors of demonic possession at a remote convent in a fashion only the Oklahoman auteur could do. Agnes will have a public screening Saturday, June 19, at 8 p.m. at Rodeo Cinema. The film will not be available via the virtual platform.
Also joining the lineup is Lily Topples the World (SXSW), director Jeremy Workman’s feel-good documentary, and winner of the 2021 SXSW Documentary Feature Competition. Lily follows 20-year-old Lily Havesh - the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler. From Finland comes Fucking with Nobody (SXSW), a narrative feature from director Hannaleena Haura in which a young woman uses Instagram to create a romance parody with unexpected results after losing her dream job. And lastly, Pilluarneq Ersigiunnaarpara (Happiness Scares Me No More) (ImagineNATIVE) is a thoughtful documentary following two adult surviors of sexual abuse overcoming the pain of their childhood and finding happiness and security in their adulthood they had not imagined.
deadCenter Film Festival begins Thursday, June 10, and runs through Sunday, June 20. For its 21st outing, dCFF films are screening primarily online, with several opportunities to catch unique and Oklahoma-made movies in person at venues throughout Oklahoma City. Like last year, dCFF’s filmmaker Q&As, interviews, and panels will be available online at www.deadcenterfilm.org.