deadCENTER Film Festival
726 W. Sheridan Ave.
Suite 170
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
deadCenter Film
Mission Statement

The Mission of deadCenter Film is to promote, encourage, and celebrate creativity through independent film.

deadCENTER Outdoor Screenings; Photo by Justin Brotton.
Contact Information
Contact Name Lance McDaniel
Contact email
Address 726 W. Sheridan Ave.
Suite 170
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 246-9233
Fax 405-843-4687
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer deadCenter is eager to discuss other channels of giving as they present throughout the year. Please contact the office at 405.246.9233 or to discuss volunteer opportunities, in-kind donations, or sponsorships.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $871,750.00
Projected Expenses $868,750.00
History and Background
Year Founded 2001
IRS Ruling Year 2004
State Registration Expiration Feb 2019

The Mission of deadCenter Film is to promote, encourage, and celebrate creativity through independent film.

Background The deadCenter Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Justan and Jayson Floyd, who hosted a one-night screening of short films from Oklahoma filmmakers at City Arts on the State Fairgrounds. Their mother provided hot dogs and snacks for the 50 film fans that showed up.

The festival moved to the University of Central Oklahoma in 2002. In 2003, Executive Director Melissa Scaramucci relocated the festival to downtown Oklahoma City, cementing our location in the dead center of Oklahoma and America. That year also welcomed Kim Haywood to the team as a volunteer. In 2006, Kim became deadCenter’s first paid employee.

In 2004, Melissa Scaramucci moved over to become head of programming. Cacky Poarch stepped into the Executive Director role for an astounding 7 years, most of those as a full-time volunteer.

Brian Hearn, Film Curator for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, joined deadCenter from its inception, leveraging his relationships with independent distributors to increase the profile of the festival and attract bigger international films. Executive Director Lance McDaniel and Features Programmer Kevin Ely joined the deadCenter team in 2010 after volunteering for 5 years in programming, events, and production.  Director of Programming Sara Thompson and Director of Festival and Operations Alyx Picard Davis joined the deadCenter team in 2011 after several years of managing the box office and host committee respectively.

For the past seven years, the deadCenter Education program has reached thousands of students around the state, partnering with the Chickasaw Nation, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office and Oklahoma City Community College to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. In 2012, deadCenter added a Distribution Forum so that every accepted filmmaker could meet with Sales Agents and Distributors at the festival. And, we launched the Oklahoma Film Icon Award to recognize the contribution of Oklahomans to the film industry.

Since our humble beginnings in 2001, deadCenter has become Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. While still presenting the best of Oklahoma films, deadCenter has grown into an international festival, featuring over 1,400 films from around the world and all over the United States. Last year’s festival attracted 30,000 fans to downtown Oklahoma City. But, throughout the years, deadCenter has remained dedicated to providing our filmmakers and audiences with the best possible experience, with great films, interesting filmmaker panel discussion, and amazing parties.


deadCenter Film has grown from a small local film festival established in 2001 to a year-round non-profit that hosts 30,000 people at Oklahoma’s largest film festival each June, leads free film classes to 3,000 high school and technology center students each fall, provides year-round screenings and continuing education opportunities for working film professionals, and provides a $4.5 million economic impact for Oklahoma City. This summer, deadCenter is launching a techCenter conference focused on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, digital distribution, and the latest technologies impacting the film and entertainment industries.


deadCenter Education Funding - $20,000

techCenter Virtual Reality conference - $35,000

Travel for Guest Filmmaker/Actor/Panelist - $20,000

National advertising program - $10,000

Theatre/Venue Sponsor - $50,000

CEO/Executive Director Statement


The deadCenter Film Festival continues to be the largest program we provide to the community bringing together individuals from all walks of life to share stories through film. Our festival includes high profile films from Sundance, Oklahoma films, world premieres, filmmaker discussions, free kids programming, and deadCenter University for high school students. The Festival screens 100 films over 4 days to more than 30,000 attendees in four venues in downtown Oklahoma City. National Geographic recently mentioned deadCenter’s festival in June as the best time to visit Oklahoma City.


Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts & Culture
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/


Our primary event is our film festival that takes place the second weekend of June each year. The deadCenter Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival, named for our location in the dead center of the United States. Over the past 17 years, we have grown from a one-night screening of local short films into one of MovieMaker magazine’s "20 Coolest Film Festivals in the world," attracting 30,000 film fans to downtown Oklahoma City each June to watch a diverse slate of films from around the world and all over Oklahoma.

Our judging panel watches more than 1,200 submissions to select the 25 feature films and 75 plus short films that screen at the festival. Each year, we provide a balanced slate of high profile films from Sundance (Best of Enemies, Last Days of Vietnam), Oklahoma films, Native American films, and short films from around the globe.

Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified


Each fall we reach 3,000 students by traveling to schools around Oklahoma to lead free film seminars. The seminars include topics about making movies in Oklahoma, writing screenplays, acting, auditioning for films, film production, available crew positions, camera and lighting equipment training, post-production and distribution. The goal is to use elements from the process of making movies to help the students think creatively, collaborate willingly and speak in front of their peers with confidence. And, the program helps aspiring filmmakers realize that they do not have to leave Oklahoma to become a part of the film industry. Our education efforts were rewarded with the 2014 Governor's Arts Award for Education. In 2013, we launched an education program during the festival called deadCenter University, inviting 60 high school students to attend the festival for free along with a parent. Students are selected from the different schools we met with throughout the fall.


Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)


The deadCenter Film Institute is our newest initiative launch in 2016 for adults and working professionals.

Film Forums - Forums will focus on one specific role within the filmmaking process. Classes and exercises will be led by one or two major Hollywood professionals, university film professors, and working professionals. They will provide a range of seminars and events for filmmakers and film enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience. They will also include an intense, two day Round Table for a select number of applicants.

Round Tables - For the first roundtable we will invite Oklahoma screenwriters to apply to the lab, the top 12 will be selected by a panel of judges, and then a top-level industry talent will lead the Round Tables. The accepted screenwriters will be required to submit work and review the submitted work of the other participants. This will create a strong network of local filmmakers that can collaborate and work with each other long after the forums are over.


Population Served Adults
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

Oklahoma is becoming a regional hub for independent filmmaking thanks to our strong film rebates, great university programs and recent graduates willing to stay home to start their careers. But, for Oklahoma to truly become a film destination, we need local filmmakers to break out and make bigger, better movies. We believe these forums and roundtables will help kick-start a higher quality of Oklahoma films.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lance McDaniel
Start Date Aug 2010


Lance started with deadCenter as a filmmaker and volunteer, screening a short film in 2006, followed by two documentaries, four narrative features, and another short film told through dance. As Executive Director, Lance has grown the Festival from 10,000 to 30,000 people while creating lasting partnerships within the community. Lance creates new programs, speaks to civic organizations about film, and travels across Oklahoma, leading free film classes in high schools, technology centers, and universities. Lance has worked on 20 feature films as director, writer, producer, 1st AD, on-set dresser, props, etc. Lance hails from Alva, Oklahoma, and is a proud graduate of Stanford University.


Senior Staff
Alyx Picard DavisDirector of Festival and Operations
Sara ThompsonDirector of Programming
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 400
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2010
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Allied Arts member agency2018
Oklahoma City Arts Council2018
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2013
Oklahoma City Chamber2018
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award - Arts & HumanitiesOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2014
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award - Arts & HumanitiesOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2018
Governor's Arts Award - EducationOklahoma Arts Council2014
Hometown Hero AwardOklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau2017
Board Chair
Name Emily Blaschke
Company Affiliation Tapstone Energy
Term Dec 2017 to Nov 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 28, 2018
Board of Directors List
Adrienne Ahpeatone Husted Williams SonomaVoting
Kirby Behenna Enable MidstreamVoting
Emily Blaschke Tapstone EnergyVoting
Lissa Blaschke Voting
Julie Carrington Hall Community VolunteerVoting
Jennifer Castillo OG&EVoting
Steve Dixon Tapstone EnergyVoting
Angel Green The Chickasaw NationVoting
Elizabeth Isaac Dunlap Codding Law Voting
John Kennedy Irish RealtyVoting
Bryan King Fellers SniderVoting
David Leader Farmers InsuranceVoting
Manny Leclercq Social Order DiningVoting
Mark Lester Voting
Rob Miner The Boeing CompanyVoting
Greg Mullens Mullens Investments GroupVoting
Katie Patton Devon EnergyVoting
Kristen Torkelson ADGVoting
Gaylan Towle Crowe Dunlevy Law FirmVoting
Erin Williford Metro Brokers Real EstateVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 45
Female 55
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Dec 01, 2017-Nov 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $871,750
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $868,750
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$6,847$45,622$19,216
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$583,765$691,537$499,305
Administration Expense$73,166$39,375$56,413
Fundraising Expense$35,971$13,126--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.020.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%75%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue525%29%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$46,896$33,636$12,346
Current Assets$23,319$25,029$2,143
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$2,775----
Total Net Assets$44,121$33,636$12,346
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.40----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $598,379Contributions $625,846Contributions $465,694
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $98,161Earned Revenue $93,859Earned Revenue $66,712
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $6,847Special Events $45,622Special Events $19,216
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address 726 W. Sheridan Ave.
Suite 170
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 246-9233
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Lance McDaniel
Board Chair Emily Blaschke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tapstone Energy


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