Wednesday Video Spotlight: Undeterred by rain, 12th annual deadCenter Film Festival begins in Oklahoma City tonight
The 12th annual deadCenter Film Festival kicks off tonight and will feature more than 100 films from around the world and all over Oklahoma through Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City.
The festival launches tonigth with “Marley,” the definitive documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley. The free outdoor screening is set for 8:30 tonight at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, 725 S Lincoln Blvd. on the Oklahoma River.
Despite the rainy weather today, deadCenter organizers posted today on the festival’s official Facebook: “The Marley screening is ON! If it’s too foul of weather, we will be in the Devon boathouse. It’s huge, and it will be awesome. If it’s great weather, we will be both in and out so you all can be comfortable!”
Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin MacDonald, “Marley” explores the amazing music and career of the man that introduced reggae music to the world.
From Sundance favorites “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and “The Queen of Versailles” to celebrity hosted screenings from James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Chris Kattan to Oklahoma-made films from Bartlesville, Shawnee, Vici, Pauls Valley and Edmond, deadCENTER 2012 offers a diverse selection of films for all moviegoers. To read The Oklahoman Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett’s interview with Janssen about her film “Bringing Up Bobby,” click here.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will serve as the official headquarters for the festival and will screen films throughout the festival, with several screening locations throughout the downtown area. Harkins Bricktown Theaters will host several feature films, and IAO Gallery on historic Film Row will feature the popular short film programs. The recently renovated Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn will host the festival’s second outdoor screening on Saturday. The Downtown Library will host a Free Kids Fest on Saturday morning and a Sundance human rights film, “Granito” on Saturday afternoon.
Academy Award winner Gray Frederickson will be honored with the Oklahoma Film ICON award on opening night Thursday at the OKCMOA. Gray produced “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Outsiders,” and “Apocalypse Now” before returning to Oklahoma to start the film program at Oklahoma City Community College and open Graymark Productions. Gray is executive producer on two films at this year’s festival, “The Grand Energy Transition” about Robert Hefner and “Just Crazy Enough” a comedy starring Chris Kattan as twins.
For more information, go to www.deadcenterfilm.org.
Check out trailers for some deadCenter films in this Wednesday Video Spotlight, and check out Assistant Features Editor George Lang’s feature on the fest by clicking here.