Now in its 21st year, deadCenter Film Festival has grown from a one-night screening of short films into Oklahoma’s largest and most celebrated film festival. Thanks in part to their virtual platform, festival fans can enjoy more films than ever before! More than 180 films!!
So to break all of that down, here are 3 ways families can make the most of the 2021 festival:
- Tune into the free virtual kidsFest featuring 12 animated short films you can view on-demand from home. Films range from 2 to 11 minutes in length and feature a variety of characters from superheroes and an Eastern traveler to a lonely polar bear. In conjunction with the festival, the Metropolitan Library System developed a take-home writing journal that helps kids be inspired to write their own original screenplay.
- Pack some movie snacks and head to one (or all) of the festival’s free outdoor screenings. Kicking off on Friday, June 11 at Wheeler Park, deadCenter will rock the Wheeler District with an outdoor screening of We Are The Thousand, a one-of-kind music documentary about the global formation of a 1000+ member band who all happen to love the Foo Fighters. There will be live music and food trucks, too. On Saturday, June 12, at Booker T. Washington Park, families can watch Pause the Game, an OKC Thunder Film about the March 11, 2020 game that bought the coronavirus into the national limelight and Oklahoma City became the epicenter of the shutdown of sports due to the beginning stages of a global pandemic. Following the opening film, the festival will show director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s music documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film does contain some adult language so viewer discretion is advised. All outdoor screenings begin at dusk.
- Explore film technology at the techCenter Industry Fair at Tower Theatre, June 11 & 12. While deadCenter celebrates film, organizers are also on a mission to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. techCenter lets kids and adults get hands-on with virtual reality programming. Families can connect with technology experts, watch music videos in the theater and explore virtual reality programming. The fair will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday. Kids can also learn more about filmmaking with the Next Generation Online curriculum, a free online platform designed to be self-paced.
The festival will continue virtually through June 20 and a few in-person screenings will take place at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Rodeo Cinema. Individual films start at $10, festival passes are $100. Some films are available to view on-demand for free including kidsFest, Pause the Game and A Long Road to Liberty, a film by the Inasmuch Foundation about the retrospective history of the African American experience in the state of Oklahoma.
Find out more about all of the films and a complete schedule at deadcenterfilm.org