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Oklahoma City-born Gray Frederickson honored with award from fellow 'Godfather' producer at deadCenter Film Festival

Producer Gray Frederickson was honored with an Oklahoma Icon award on Thursday night at the 12th Annual deadCenter Film Festival. The award was presented by his friend and producing partner, Albert S. Ruddy.
BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com Modified: June 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: June 8, 2012

/articleid/3682463/1/pictures/1741403">Photo - Producers Gray Frederickson, left, and Albert S. Ruddy pose for a photo at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art during the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Producers Gray Frederickson, left, and Albert S. Ruddy pose for a photo at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art during the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Frederickson was born in Oklahoma City, attended Casady School and began his production career with Ruddy on the 1970 Robert Redford film, “Little Fauss and Big Halsy.” Two years later, he and Ruddy worked with studio legend Robert Evans to produce “The Godfather,” which won the 1972 Academy Award for best picture.

Frederickson has two films showing at this year's deadCenter Film Festival: “The Great Energy Transition” and “Just Crazy Enough.”

He returned to Oklahoma in 2000 and founded the film program at Oklahoma City Community College.

Ruddy said the movies being screened at the deadCenter Film Festival represent the future of the business.

The increasing availability of high-quality, low-cost equipment has democratized the business, making it possible to tell stories effectively on limited budgets.

“You're shooting movies in hi-def and there are a lot of different ways to get them out,” he said. “A lot of different platforms, as we say. All you need is a camera today. You just get the Red (Camera).”

“It's so simple, it's excruciating,” Ruddy said. “Don't forget: it always starts with a story.”


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