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deadCenter goes to Sundance

We tried to Skype. Ultimately, we settled on the old technology of cell phones. Lance McDaniel and Kim Haywood spoke with us over the phone from Park City, Utah. They are wrapping up several days at the Sundance Film Festival, the sixth year they have attended the event.

Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival is June 8-12. Deadline for submitting films is Feb. 22.

McDaniel, deadCenter's artistic director, and Haywood, deadCenter's director of programming, attend Sundance to raise awareness of the Oklahoma film scene. Numerous films have been shot here and continue to be filmed here. Oklahoma offers tax incentives to movie makers.

McDaniel and Haywood also screen films they ultimately want to show at deadCenter. They network with filmmakers and distributors. Those relationships lead to bringing back bigger films to deadCenter. The bigger movies bring bigger crowds. Bigger crowds result in more people seeing Oklahoma films. And that's better exposure for Oklahoma filmmakers. 

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