The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 June 2007

Everywhere you look there's a radius

There's only one thing that bothers me particularly about the deadCENTER Film Festival, running through this weekend in downtown Oklahoma City: it is impossible to see everything being offered and still hold down a day job — at least, a day job like mine, in which the 40-hour mark is reached on Friday morning (or in the case of this week, Thursday afternoon). That said, though, the Festival has grown considerably in its seven years, big enough to have actual staff, and the 140 or so films that are being screened across downtown — there are half a dozen different venues — will be seen by a few thousand folks who'd never get to see them otherwise, which is a Good Thing in spite of any minor inconveniences I might suffer.

I did learn in prior years that peeling off a few bucks (this year it's $8) for each and every screening is a major pain; this year I was prescient enough to snag a Screening Pass ($50) in advance. (Well, actually, I got two, inasmuch as I hate to go alone.) I might not attend as many as seven screenings this year, so this saves me no money, but the convenience is considerable, and there's always the Support Your Local [insert name of cultural organization] factor.

Last night at the Harkins, there were some, um, technical difficulties at one screening, which caused some mild tittering (and, briefly, some serious aural discomfort) among audience members. Once underway, though, there were no further glitches. And as low-level moviehouse catastrophes go, this sort of thing beats the hell out of falling ceiling tiles.

Addendum: Dwight and Sarah are trying to attend as many events as possible and are duly posting their adventures.

Posted at 9:46 AM to Almost Yogurt , City Scene


One day we were watching a movie at Tinseltown and the subwoofer blew! It wasn't too bad until it's presence was strongly felt and then it sounded absolutely horrible. When I got home I wrote them an email describing the experience. They fixed it =and= sent me a handful of free passes for my trouble :) I was mostly just happy that they fixed it. I was afraid that they might leave it that way :(

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:40 AM on 9 June 2007

They just started up a film festival in Hoboken. Geez, does EVERY city have Sundance pretentions now?

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:30 PM on 9 June 2007

We got ours by injection: cable's Sundance Channel is a primary sponsor of deadCENTER.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:04 PM on 9 June 2007

I think every film we've seen at Harkins during this festival has had technical difficulties. Sound, picture...or someone just not being able to operate the machine.

Posted by: Dwight at 11:35 AM on 10 June 2007

Some may call it "Sundance pretentions," others may call it a genuine love for small, interesting movies that, as said in the post, we may never get to see otherwise. Do we Okies not deserve a little culture, too?

As for the technical difficulties at Harkins, that's what you get when you try to operate a $15,000 DVD player.

Posted by: Sarah at 8:25 AM on 11 June 2007