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Center Stage: Karlie’s 2017 deadCenter Preview
By Karlie Tipton
June 7, 2017
For seventeen years, it’s seemed as if the deadCENTER Film Festival wouldn’t be able to top the year before, and then they go and do it again. This year is no exception. The only problem with 2017’s lineup is that it’s impossible to see everything I want, but here’s the list of movies I’m going to make a priority.
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is good for theaters but not always great for moviegoers seeking something with more depth than explosions. deadCENTER, however, is an island paradise of weirdness in a sea of bland action schlock. A perfect example is Infinity Baby. While stars like Oklahoma native Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, and Noel Wells are enough to grab my interest, a plot centered on genetically engineered forever babies puts this at the top of my must-see list. 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.
Oh, Sam Elliott. Is it possible to say his name without a breathy sigh? The Hero stars Elliott—of Tombstone, The Big Lebowski, and the top 100 best voices/mustaches of all time fame—as Lee Hayden, a washed up Western star looking for redemption on the screen and in life. Between Elliot and the wonderful supporting cast of Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), and Laura Prepon (Orange is the New Black), The Hero looks like it will be a film that stays with me long after the credits roll. 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and 7 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
When two thieves break into a house, nothing goes as planned. Although A Bad Idea Gone Wrong is actor/writer/director Jason Headley’s first feature film, this black comedy has all the ingredients for a classic caper. In fact, it already took home the Special Jury Prize for best ensemble cast at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival. 9 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.
One of my favorite things about deadCENTER is the opportunity for discovery. This year will feature documentaries about comedian Gilbert Gottfried (Gilbert), a blind magician (Dealt), and many more. I am most excited to watch Dolores, which chronicles Dolores Huerta’s fight for the rights of farm workers, Mexican Americans, women, and other underrepresented groups over the last sixty years. World-famous musician Carlos Santana helped bring Huerta’s story to the screen as co-producer alongside actor Benjamin Bratt. 12 p.m. Saturday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Score: A Film Music Documentary
From the Imperial March in Star Wars to the sweeping theme in the Pirates of the Caribbean, some of the most memorable movie characters haven’t been played by actors at all, but created by composers. Score: A Film Music Documentary explores the sounds that make film a truly sensory experience and examines the work of John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, and dozens more musicians without whom our favorite movies would not probably be our favorite movies. 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.
The 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival is June 8-11 in downtown Oklahoma City. All Access Passes are $150, and tickets to individual screenings are available for $10 beginning twenty minutes before each film (but we say an All-Access Pass is the way to go). Get yours today at deadcenterfilm.org.