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deadCENTER Dispatches from OKC: Day 4

Deadcenter 2009

The 2009 deadCENTER Film Festival has come to an end. It’s been a fun ride indeed. I saw some good films, I made some good friends, and I discovered a town that I had never been to before. Oklahoma City is an interesting place for film. There are many many makers out here and an increasing slate of productions for people to find work on. The biggest gap to a thriving film community here seems to be the availability of art house, fringe and repertory film screening spaces. Once a year, when this festival rolls into town, the citizens of Oklahoma City get a nice helping of the films that don’t get out here. They need more, but the fest represents a nice start.

To be honest, I only went to 2 screenings yesterday which I will post about either later today or tomorrow. It has been a whirlwind few days here and there is finally a nice reprieve. I’ll be here a few more days touring around. I will keep you all up to date, especially on film news. Interestingly, I’m currently at a book signing at a local book store. The book, Sooner Cinema: Oklahoma Goes to the Movies, features an essay fro my good friend (and future candler contributor, watch for it) Sunrise Tippeconnie. The book just came out, otherwise I would have read it in advance to help understand this state a little better. No matter, as more film related info comes to me, you’ll get it. Here are some pics from closing night, enjoy.

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