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deadCenter Film Festival reveals 2014 lineup

The growing Oklahoma City festival, with double the submissions of past years, is set for June 11-15 and will include about 100 films from Oklahoma and beyond.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 25, 2014

Kyle Roberts’ teenage superhero drama is blasting right back to where it started — and the Oklahoma City filmmaker couldn’t be happier.

The Oklahoma City filmmaker’s debut feature, “The Posthuman Project,” will make its world premiere in June during the 14th Annual deadCenter Film Festival.

“It’s really important to us that the world premiere is here in Oklahoma City because that’s a big part of who we are and where we made the film,” said Roberts, who is also a NewsOK videographer. “Most of our cast and crew are from Oklahoma, and most of the soundtrack is Oklahoma musicians. So, it means a lot to us that we’re starting our festival circuit here at deadCenter.”

Organizers revealed Thursday the initial lineup for deadCenter 2014, set for June 12-15 at various downtown Oklahoma City venues. Executive Director Lance McDaniel said the festival garnered more than 1,000 submissions, almost twice as many as last year and a record for the event. About 100 films will be screened, with some selections, including the opening-night movie, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I think the biggest thing about the schedule this year is the variety of films that we have,” said Kim Haywood, the festival’s director of programming.

Haywood said about one-third of the features and short films have Oklahoma ties. Among the documentaries, Moore native Neil Berkeley will return with “Harmontown,” his chronicle of TV writer Dan Harmon of NBC’s “Community”; Bryan Beasley will present “The Quiet Philanthropist: The Edith Gaylord Story,” a portrait of the trailblazing local journalist; Julianna Brannum will teach “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” with her film about the American Indian activist from Walters; and Derek Watson’s “Sewing Hope,” will tell the story of Ugandan nun Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who just made Time’s 2014 list of 100 most influential people.

Oklahoma features on the lineup include McDaniel’s (“Just Crazy Enough”) new religious thriller “Light from the Darkroom,” McLoud resident Adam Hampton’s (“The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas”) filmmaking comedy “Rough Cut,” and Edmond denizen Ryan Bellgardt’s debut feature, the horror pic “Army of Frankensteins.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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