deadCenter Film Festival
deadCenter Film Festival hosts free outdoor screenings 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. Festival organizers expect crowds of around 2,000 each night.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screens Friday as the festivals Flashback Friday feature. Oklahoma-born film editor Carol Littleton, known for her work on the 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed box office behemoth, also is one of this years deadCenter Icon Award recipients.
E.T. became the highest grossing movie of all time (a record that stood until 1993, when Spielberg beat it with Jurassic Park). It also launched child actress Drew Barrymore into stardom.
Saturdays screening features possibly the festivals most fun and upbeat documentary, A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story. Austin, Texas, filmmaker Keith Maitland directed the inside look at the historic and widely successful Austin City Limits public television program as it celebrates its 40th year.
Austin City Limits brought world-class concerts into American living rooms before the show expanded into a high-profile music festival. Maitlands documentary takes viewers from the shows Nashville-flavored country origins to its current celebration of everything under the wide indie umbrella.
Austins dynamic music scene motivated Willie Nelson out of an early retirement in the early 70s and precluded his transition into the outlaw country genre hes so well-known for, so it makes sense that one of that citys greatest heroes was the shows first performer. Nelson says in A Song for You that he would go on to play Austin City Limits 25 more times. Vintage footage mesmerizes alongside sets from Townes Van Zandt, Ray Charles and Merle Haggard.
Austin City Limits is as relevant today as it was then. Wilco, Radiohead and Beck each shine in the documentary. Its real star, however, is Terry Lickona, the shows famed producer and visionary. Lickona never runs out of stories.
deadCenter Executive Director Lissa Blaschke said the free, outdoor public screenings are one of the most exciting aspects of the festival.
I think its great that we do these free outdoor films, she said. Thats something you dont usually see at other film festivals.
If the events are rained out, they move inside to Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno Ave.
Myriads deadCenterMyriads Great Lawn also hosts the free kidFest community event, which runs 11 a.m.-noon Saturday. Food trucks also will be out by the lawn all day Saturday.
Nonprofit partners The Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, The Bella Foundation and Central Oklahoma Humane Society also host Animal WelFair 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. The Cleats for Kids Summer Kick Off Party is noon-3 p.m. and features activities for children ages 10 and older.
Our whole philosophy is being part of the community and helping the community and working in the community, Blasckhe said. I think its just natural for us since were in a nonprofit and we have so many nonprofit partners to do something like this.
Outdoor deadCenter screenings
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial9:30 p.m. Friday
A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story9:30 p.m. Saturday
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Ave.
Print Headline: Starlit screens, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story are deadCenters free, outdoor features.