Hollywood producer and Oklahoma City native Hunt Lowry will receive the 2013 Oklahoma Film ICON Award at at 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma. This year’s festival is June 5 to 9, and features a lineup of 115 comedies, dramas, hard-hitting documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world
The Oklahoma Film ICON Award is given annually to an outstanding Oklahoman whose success in the film industry brings honor to the state and helps increase the profile of the local film industry. This is the second year for the award. Last year’s recipients were Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson and actor James Marsden from Stillwater.
Lowry, a Casady grad, is best known for producing the Oscar-winning epic “The Last of the Mohicans” and the legal thriller “A Time to Kill,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. He started his career on classic comedies like “Airplane!” and “Top Secret” before shifting gears to bring the intense family drama “Surviving” home to be filmed in Oklahoma City. He captured the teen market with his Gaylord Films “A Walk to Remember,” “What a Girl Wants,” “A Cinderella Story,” and the “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” During the past decade, Lowry has produced successful comedies like the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie,” and “Thou Shalt Laugh.” Independent film lovers hail the cult classic “Donnie Darko” as Lowry’s masterpiece.