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OKC’s 2021 deadCenter Film Festival Features Record Number Of Films And Inclusive Programming

Attendees watch short films as part of deadCenter Film Festival’s “Okie Shorts” program at Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park on June 13, 2020.
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Attendees watch short films as part of deadCenter Film Festival’s “Okie Shorts” program at Oklahoma City’s Scissortail Park on June 13, 2020.";s:3:"u

The 21st annual deadCenter Film Festival runs through Sunday, June 20 in Oklahoma City, featuring a record breaking 180 films. Organizers worked this year to make the state’s largest film festival more diverse and accessible. 

The 2021 deadCenter Film Festival is a hybrid of both virtual and in-person events and screenings, allowing the festival to reach a larger audience. 

The festival also includes a Pride Pass for access to LGBTQ programming as well as the inaugural Best Indigenous Short Film Award, in collaboration with the Cherokee Nation Film Office. Miranda Patton, director of operations and festival at deadCenter, said this is in an effort to make the festival more inclusive. 

“It's important to us… that that reflects in deadCenter because that's who deadCenter is. It's a platform for all voices, not just a portion,” Patton said. 

deadCenter Film is an OKC-based nonprofit, offering free film classes to students and working film professionals. 

About 30 of the festival films are made by Oklahomans, including the horror movie “Agnes” from director Mickey Reece. The movie, which tells the story of a nun who’s odd behavior sparks rumors of demonic possession, will be presented Saturday, June 19 at OKC’s Rodeo Cinema. 

Festival passes or individual tickets for each film are available to purchase while some events are free with an RSVP. 

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Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then working as a reporter and producer in 2021-22. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.
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