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deadCenter Film Festival


June 08, 2023 to June 11, 2023


As Oklahoma's largest film festival and one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" according to MovieMaker Magazine, the deadCenter Film Festival offers the chance to see new short films, documentaries, comedies, scary monster movies, and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma.

See website for schedule.


This Closeness is a thriller exploring a range of dynamics between a lonely lodging host and the couple who rents a room for a high school reunion, culminating in an intimate battle to claim territory. In Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls, director Andrew Bowser’s viral YouTube character attends a once-in-a-lifetime ritual at his idol’s dark mansion. My Divorce Party observes female friendships navigating an uncomfortable yet honest gathering on what’s likely the opposite of the best day of your life. A Pretty Good Movie follows a man seeking to make a name for himself through cinema while confronting an entrenched industry that may never support that achievement.


Herricanes revisits the Houston team in the first women’s full tackle football league in the 1970s with appearances by rivals, the almighty Oklahoma City Dolls. Bad Press follows a rogue reporter fighting to expose government corruption, and its ramifications, in Indian Country. Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom reveals the misuse of Christianity to justify American slavery and faith that empowered the formerly enslaved and their descendants to fight for freedom. A Disturbance in the Force explores a two-hour "Star Wars Holiday Special,” watched by 13 million people in 1978, that has never re-aired.


What Rhymes with Reason is the latest narrative feature by returning deadCenter filmmaker Kyle Roberts, following teens after tragedy ignites them on a quest to find a legendary landmark hidden in the wilderness, as a coming-of-age film in partnership with Oklahoma’s 988 Mental Health Lifeline. Riding Legacy is a documentary feature by first-time director Kian Talor covering the modern-day Oklahoma Black cowboy community that has existed since the early 1850s, highlighting the origin of Black cowboys/girls, the Black rodeo community, and the future for those who ride locally and professionally. Hell Hath No Fury is Zachary Burns return to deadCenter with a dark comedy narrative feature about a husband and wife who separately and unknowingly plot to murder each other on the same fateful night.  The Awkward Stage is the deadCenter follow-up for filmmakers Jeremy and Kara Choate, with a narrative feature of a middle school reject who falls in love with a sculpture. Filmed in Tulsa, Body Electric is a documentary feature by former Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Artistic Director Nick Demos, evaluating visibility, dysmorphia, acceptance, and empowerment in the queer community.


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Oklahoma City, OK, US

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Prices vary; all access passes, $200

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