deadCenter announces official selections for 17th annual film festival

Patrons lined up for the deadCenter Film Festival.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The deadCenter Film Festival has selected 101 films to be screened at the 17th annual festival, scheduled for Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City.

More than 1,200 films were considered for the 2017 festival, creating the most competitive field in the festival's 17-year history.

"Once again, we are blown away by the quality of films submitted to the festival," said Kim Haywood, director of programming for deadCenter. "Our international reputation has greatly increased the number of submissions. And, Oklahoma filmmakers continue to create outstanding, unique stories that can compete on a national stage."

Of the 101 films selected for the festival, 20 are feature-length and 81 are short films. Twenty of the films were made in Oklahoma or by Oklahoma filmmakers. Several of the features are recent award winners from Sundance and South by Southwest in Austin.

Feature films with an Oklahoma connection include: The Scent of Rain and Lightning, an intense drama from writer/producers Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison; Mickey Reece's Alien, a reimagining of the early years of Elvis Presley's marriage to Priscilla Presley; Gremlins, Ryan Belgardt's thrilling follow-up to Army of Frankensteins; Kreep, a gritty road drama from actor/producer Lymari Nadal; Far Western, James Payne's fascinating documentary about the country and western music scene in Japan; I Stand: The Guardians of the Water, Kyle Harris' timely documentary about the Sioux Nation protests at Standing Rock; and Gilbert, an insightful documentary about hilarious comedian Gilbert Godfrey from Moore native and OCU graduate Neil Berkeley.


About deadCenter Film

DCFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, providing year-round education and events to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. Learn more about deadCenter Film at

DCFF is Oklahoma's largest film festival, recognized as one of the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" according to MovieMaker magazine. More than 30,000 people attended deadCenter Film Festival screenings in 2016, generating an economic impact of approximately $4.5 million for Oklahoma City.

How to attend

All Access passes are available online for $150, and gains the holder priority admission to every film, party, panel and special event. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door prior to each screening. Admission priority is given to pass holders.

Oklahoma Film Selections

(A city-by-city contact list of Oklahoma filmmakers is available upon request)

Feature Length: Far Western; Gilbert; Gremlins; I Stand: Guardians of the Water; Kreep; Mickey Reece's Alien; and, The Scent of Rain and Lightning.

Shorts: A Journey to Honor; Butch: Legend of Langston; Dig it if You Can; Emotion93; Fleeting Light; Harley Illustrators Anonymous; Let The Bodies Hit the Floor; Mr. Fantastic; Tempo; Temporary.; The Pits; and, Unto Me.

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