The Mission of deadCenter Film is to Promote, Encourage, and Celebrate the Independent Film Arts.
deadCenter Film has grown from a small local film festival established in 2001 to an organization that hosts an internationally recognized film festival, provides students throughout the state with an award winning educational program and recently launched the deadCenter Institute. We have grown our Festival attendance to 30,000, increased our economic impact to $4.50 million and created an award winning educational program that travels around the state reaching more than 3,000 students each year.
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. “It’s exciting. It’s diverse. And it helps attract the employees, companies and tourism we need to flourish as a Big League City.” Karen Delaney, Past Chair – deadCenter Film.
As always, our festival will include high profile films from Sundance, Oklahoma films, world premieres, filmmaker discussions, free kids programming, deadCenter University for high school students and our wildly popular free outdoor screenings at the Myriad Gardens on Friday and Saturday night. 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.
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 16 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.
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, 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.
The deadCenter Film Institute is our newest initiative launch in 2016 for adults and working professionals.
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.
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 round tables will help kick start a higher quality of Oklahoma films.
A native Oklahoman, Lissa Gumerson-Blaschke recently returned after spending several years in New Mexico serving as the Director of Development for several arts, community, and education organizations . She also served as the Director of Development for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) Foundation. Lissa was an officer in the Albuquerque chapter of AFP (Association of Fund Raising Professionals) and enjoys an extensive network of contacts in the field of fund raising, development, institutional advancement and nonprofit management. She attended Casady high school and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in journalism.
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Allied Arts represents and supports 26 local arts groups in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas and serves as the advocate for central Oklahoma's arts and cultural community.
Founded in 1971 as Oklahoma's only United Arts Fund, Allied Arts champions the arts by:
Mobilizing critical resources to foster the dynamic growth of the arts
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