The most helpful schedule ever for Oklahoma's deadCenter Film Festival

We help you choose between Ron Swanson and Frankensteins, choreographers and superheros at Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film Festival.
By Nathan Poppe, Jessica Allison, Paighten Harkins and Matt Carney, Staff Writers Published: June 13, 2014

photo - Crowds gather on the grand lawn at Myriad Gardens last week to watch ìUnder African Skies,î a documentary screened as part of the deadCenter Film Festival. PHOTO PROVIDED BY DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL      ORG XMIT: 1206160002194866
Crowds gather on the grand lawn at Myriad Gardens last week to watch ìUnder African Skies,î a documentary screened as part of the deadCenter Film Festival. PHOTO PROVIDED BY DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL ORG XMIT: 1206160002194866

So many movies. So little time.

The 14th annual deadCenter Film Festival started Thursday, but you still have to pick out what films you’d like to see throughout downtown Oklahoma City during the weekend. This story’s intent is to help the movie-going process flow as smoothly as possible. We placed our focus on movies that conflict with the show times of other movies.

I’ve made two movies for deadCenter, attended several premieres and have worked on set with deadCenter organizers and filmmakers. This is the guide I’d like to have in my hands during the festival. We hope it helps. Also, we made note of the local connections to show just how many Okies are hard at work on the filmmaking scene.

Now, all you need to worry about is which snacks are worth hiding in your pockets.

— Nathan Poppe

Friday

‘Nick Offerman: American Ham’

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins, 150 E Reno Ave.

Run time: 1:18.

Oklahoma connection: Comedian Nick Offerman (better known as Ron Swanson) is married to the equally hilarious Megan Mullally, who grew up in Oklahoma City. Offerman hung out in OKC for the deadCenter debut of “Somebody Out There Likes Me” two years ago.

Synopsis: This stand-up film was recorded during a two-night taping of Offerman’s one-man show at Town Hall theater in New York. The “Parks and Recreation” star tackles religion, marriage and even woodworking. He mixes his stand-up material with a few music performances and even re-imagines Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

Catch it later: 8 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins.

‘Army of Frankensteins’

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Devon Energy Auditorium, 333 W Sheridan Ave.

Run time: 1:48.

Oklahoma connection: This film was written and directed by Oklahoman Ryan Bellgardt, who is vice president of the Oklahoma-based company Boiling Point Media. The movie was also filmed in several Oklahoma locations, including Oklahoma City and Guthrie.

Synopsis: After botching his marriage proposal, Alan Jones (Jordan Farris) unwillingly becomes part of an experiment conducted by Dr. Tanner Finski (John Ferguson) and his assistant, Igor (Christian Bellgardt). When an ill-timed thunderstorm messes with thebold electromagnetic frequencies, the three travel back in time to the midst of the Civil War with an army of monsters they call Frankensteins. Now Jones must find a way back to the present without changing the course of history.

Catch it later: 6 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins.

Saturday

‘Born To Fly’

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins, 150 E Reno Ave.

Run time: 1:23.

Oklahoma connection: None, but this is the documentary’s Oklahoma premiere.

Synopsis: Choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s fascination with movement and the capabilities of the human body led her to create Streb Lab for Action Mechanics. Her troupe is half artist, half daredevil dancers. They dangled from the London Eye at the London Summer Olympics, they dodge swinging bricks and steel bars during performances and they throw themselves to the ground from various heights — and it’s all part of Streb’s quest to prove that humans can fly.

Catch it earlier: 2 p.m. Friday at Noble Theater at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

‘The Posthuman Project’

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Devon Energy Auditorium, 333 W Sheridan Ave.

Run time: 1:33.

Oklahoma connection: This movie’s superpower might just be the number of local actors, crew and locations used during production. Director Kyle Roberts has been a NewsOK videographer for several years and has spent the better part of two years helping shoot and edit this feature-length film.

Synopsis: A ragtag group of teenagers goes on a road trip, and they gain superpowers during a mountain-climbing mishap. Roberts aimed to combine the sentiment of a John Hughes teen-angst story with the visual prowess of a J.J. Abram’s flick. He sticks the landing and also manages to add a healthy amount of humor with an exceptional soundtrack that’s loaded with local artists. “The Posthuman Project"’s slick special effects are reason enough to make this a festival highlight.

Catch it later: 1 p.m. Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins.

‘To Be Takei’

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Theater at Harkins, 150 E Reno Ave.

Run time: 1:30.

Oklahoma connection: None. However, sometime in 2013, a group brought a replica of the USS Enterprise to Oklahoma City to film a web series called “Starship Ajax.”

Synopsis: This documentary follows the life of George Takei, who is best known for playing Mr. Sulu in “Star Trek.” The documentary looks into Takei’s time in Japanese-American internment camps, his career as an actor battling against racial stereotypes for screen time, his recent GLBT activism and the multimillion Facebook fans he’s recently acquired by sharing and creating funny photos and status updates.

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If you go

deadCenter Film Festival

•Where: Throughout downtown Oklahoma City.

When: Continues through Sunday.

Admission: An all-access pass costs $125, and individual tickets can be bought at each showing.

Information: www.deadcenterfilm.org/festival/schedule.

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