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deadCenter projects success with ‘Talihina Sky' opening

Documentary about rock group Kings of Leon opened this year's deadCenter Film Festival
BY GEORGE LANG Published: June 9, 2011

Doing so meant being extremely honest — something even bands with the best intentions can find difficult. McGrath said that there were tense situations when the band members saw some private moments revealed in the documentary. In the long run, McGrath said Kings of Leon, as executive producers of “Talihina Sky,” stand by the film.

“We got some hate-text messages from some of the band members,” he said. “I don't want to go on record and say it was a battle, because they were so open, but there were some fights here and there, but we were definitely trying to be as respectful as possible. But at the end of the day, the real thing to lead with is that their willingness and openness to show their warts and all was there, and key.”

Another deadCenter subject whose hard work is shown on screen is Dethie Fall, whose journey from a Senegalese basketball academy to American college hoops is depicted in Anne Buford's documentary “Elevate,” screening at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the festival.

“It's showing a lot of people how we got to where we are right now,” said Fall, now a senior at Roanoke College in Virginia. “The movie has done a really good job of telling people about our background and how we got here.”

The festival continues through Sunday evening, and according to festival director and chief operating officer Kim Haywood, it is offering a more diverse group of films and subjects this year. Haywood said that she and McDaniel expanded their outreach efforts.

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