Coming Attractions – Lance McDaniel

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 Coming Attractions
By Lance McDaniel

Editor’s Note: From Time to time we offer guest columnists an opportunity to discuss upcoming events in OKC.
Fellow Rotarians, The 2017 film festival is coming up June 8-11. The festival will start on Thursday night on the rooftop of the Museum of Art and continue through the weekend with celebrity guest appearances, panel discussions, virtual reality films, art installations, and 100 films from around the world and all across Oklahoma. The films will screen at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and six theaters at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas. There is also a free outdoor screening on Saturday night, June 10, on the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn.

The films are selected by a team of programmers from the 1,200 films submitted and the best films they see at larger film festivals. Typically, 25% of the films are from Oklahoma. The rest are festival favorites from Sundance and South by Southwest, Oscar nominated documentaries, biographies of interesting people, music documentaries, hilarious comedies, and exciting dramas. The 100 films screened typically include 10 documentary features, 10 narrative features, and 80 short films from 5 to 45 minutes long, curated into 90 minute programs.

This year, we have a great line up. On May 20, deadCenter Film will host a gala to honor Oscar nominated actor Gary Busey. Then, at the festival June 8-11, deadCenter will honor 8 time Emmy Award winning casting agent Junie Lowry Johnson and Mike Mitchell, director of blockbuster animated films like Trolls, Shrek Forever After, and The SpongeBob Movie.

The Very Gary Busey Gala will take place at The Jones Assembly prior to the venue opening to the public. The Jones Assembly is the gorgeous new food, music, and entertainment venue opening up on West Sheridan Ave along Film Row next to 21C Museum Hotel.

During the past seven years, deadCenter has expanded its mission to include year round education programs and screenings. As a non-profit 501(c) we lead free film classes for 3,000 rural high school and technology center students each fall and provide quarterly education seminars for working professionals. We also host film screenings year round at 21C Museum Hotel and museums and art galleries across the state.

Please join us this year! The best way to get more information about deadCenter and our upcoming festival is to visit our website at There you can register for passes, buy tickets or explore sponsorship opportunities. Or, you can send me an email at I hope to see you in June!

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