TWO CIGARS, A HANGOVER AND THE TRUTH: DEADCENTER 2006

SATURDAY

The lovely little hangover I had cultivated only grew in size once I stepped outside of my hotel and into the sweltering Oklahoma heat. But I bucked up and made my way to Stage Center for my back-to-back panels.

First up was a film critic’s panel, followed by a panel on self-promotion. Both featured valuable information for filmmakers on how to get noticed once they’ve made their film. Both critics and filmmakers who’ve worked the self-promotion beat had plenty to say and I think in the end everyone walked away learning a little something, if not a lot.

Following the panels was a special treat for anyone who was willing to come along with me and Paul Osborne. We spotted a year round haunted attraction the day before when out foraging for food. So we were rounding up a posse to invade The Dungeon. It was myself, Paul Osborne, Chris and Leah Sharpe, Blayne Weaver and his Mom who he had brought along for the festival experience, and two other filmmakers we had roped into our haunted plans, director Kate Christensen and writer Earnest Pettie whose film “Secession” was playing the festival. This Dungeon ride definitely had the potential to suck the hard one, so I was happy to have as many people as possible to drag down with me.

Turns out, The Dungeon completely dominated. You ride around in a little car on a track through a spooky maze. It’s basically Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, but with Halloween crap everywhere. Yes, I was in heaven. It gives me great comfort that something like this is running all year round. And that something is The Dungeon and it’s in Oklahoma City. I love this place.

I had the option to go see a movie or two before the awards ceremony that evening, but opted to grab food and drinks with this group of Dungeon survivors instead. It had been a while since I had put anything in my mouth that wasn’t harmful to me, so nourishment was top priority.

After one of those quick mandatory hose downs at the hotel room, it was off to the awards ceremony, an outdoor venue where a screen had been erected for a post-awards screening of the Beastie Boys movie “Awesome: I Fuckin’ Shot That!” But first, the awards:

Narrative Feature- Outside Sales

Documentary Feature- Occupation 101

Narrative Short- Binta and the Great Idea

Documentary Short- Entre Luz Y Sol

Animation- Departing Once Again

Student- Vacationland

Okie-Sex Machine

Founders Award- Ten ’til Noon

Grand Jury-Inlaws and Outlaws

I was happy to see Blayne, Paul and Chris all win awards for their films. They very much deserve them. So, celebrating was in order and celebrate we did. The after-party started off at a rooftop bar and turned into an after-after party at a very kind person’s house who let a festival full of drunkards invade their lovely home.

It was all becoming a blur, memory stew. Conversations of videogames, babblings about Billy Jack and Dolemite, cigars and a near misadventure walking down a flight of stairs. Good times, but the festival had come to a close. The three nights I had spent in Oklahoma City were amazing and passed by way too fast. I made some great friends, saw some great movies and felt privileged to be able to attend such a class event put on by a tremendous bunch of people. Special thank you to Justan Floyd and his wife Courtney.

Good night, sweethearts and thank you.




Posted on June 21, 2006 in Festivals by
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