Video: deadCenter Film Festival opens with “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon,” continues through Sunday
The 2011 deadCenter Film Festival opened Wednesday night with a free, open-air screening of the documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon.”
The documentary, directed by Stephen Mitchell and produced by Casey McGrath, chronicles the rise of Kings of Leon, the band’s beginnings in the Pentecostal church, and the members’ regular attendance at a family reunion in Talihina.
Mitchell talks to NewsOK host Angi Bruss in this NewsOK video. He says deadCenter will be the last U.S. festival the film will play before rolling out in the summer and fall. About 100 members of the band’s family were planning to attend the screening, which drew a huge crowd.
Mitchell told my excellent colleague George Lang that he met the band — brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill and their cousin, Matthew Followill — when he was working in the music industry and signed the brothers to a songwriting contract. This was more than 10 years ago, before the young men became Kings of Leon and rose to prominence on the international and national rock scene.
“I think that’s why they provided me with the opportunity to tell the story,” Mitchell told George. “A lot of their goal was to be accurate in telling their story. The band is huge overseas, obviously, so people around the world have tried to tell their story and have gotten close, but I think the boys wanted someone who they trusted would tell it accurately.”
To read more of George’s interesting interview with Mitchell, click here.
The festival continues through Sunday evening in seven locations around Oklahoma City, and organizers are promising a more diverse group of films and subjects on this year’s slate.
The 2011 event continues at 8 tonight with the critically acclaimed documentary “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times” will lead deadCenter Opening Night film screenings beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.
Founded in 2001, the deadCenter Film Festival – named for its central geographic location – has grown to become a premiere international event, recognized by MovieMaker magazine as one of the world’s top 20 coolest festivals.
For more information and full schedules for the deadCenter Film Festival, go to www.deadcenterfilm.org.