Now in its 22nd year, deadCenter Film Festival has grown from a one-night screening of short films into Oklahoma’s largest and most celebrated film festival. Festival fans can enjoy more than 170 films! So to break all of that down, here are 3 ways families can make the most of the 2022 festival:
- Catch a screening of the familyFest Shorts featuring 11 animated short films. These fun and playful films range from 5 to 18 minutes in length and feature a variety of characters from an astronaut dog and a fluffy white cat to a resilient dinosaur. For this year’s festival, families have two chances to watch the familyFest Shorts: Friday, June 10 at Scissortail Park at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 at Harkins Bricktown at 10:30 a.m. Outdoor screenings at Scissortail Park are free but tickets are required at Harkins.
- Pack some movie snacks and head to one (or all) of the festival’s free outdoor screenings. Kicking off on Friday, June 10 at Scissortail Park with the Friday Night Family Frolic, deadCenter debuts OKC Thunder Films’ newest short film, Seeds of Greenwood: A century after the Tulsa Race Massacre. Seeds of Greenwood follows the development of an after-school program located in Greenwood that provides Black high school students with opportunities in sports, entertainment, and tech. Afterward, families can see the familyFest Shorts! On Saturday, June 11 in the Wheeler District, under the lights of the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, watch a screening of Getting it Back: The Cymande Story, a documentary about a group of Black musicians from South London in the racially turbulent early 70s. The film begins at 9 p.m. and may contain mature language and topics. Parental discretion is advised.
- Relive the magic of Reading Rainbow with a film about the beloved PBS children’s series. Butterfly in the Sky looks at the challenges creators faced in their efforts to cultivate a love of reading through television. The film is part of the closing night programming on Sunday, June 12.
Individual films start at $10, festival passes start at $50. Some films are available to view on-demand for free including Seeds of Greenwood and Mama Bears, an exploration of an LGBTQ+ advocacy group of moms.
Find out more about all of the films and a complete schedule at deadcenterfilm.org