deadCenter Film Festival

Two Trains Runnin’, a documentary feature film directed by Sam Pollard and written by Benjamin Hedin, will celebrate its Oklahoma premiere as the opening night film of the 16th Annual deadCenter Film Festival in downtown Oklahoma City.

The 2016 deadCenter Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at four locations in downtown Oklahoma City. DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine.

More than 30,000 people attended deadCenter Film Festival in 2015, generating an economic impact of approximately $4.25 million for Oklahoma City.

Two Trains Runnin’ tells the story of the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. With guest appearance by Blues greats Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Chris Thomas King, Two Trains Runnin’ is an electrifying look at how a quest to rescue blues performers and preserve their music crashed head on with the violent race riots in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. Running time: 79 min. Producers: Common, Benjamin Hedin and Dava Whisenant.

The first film of the festival will be Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a comedy feature directed by Taika Waititi that received rave reviews at Sundance Film Festival and opened to record-breaking crowds in New Zealand, where it was produced.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople stars Sam Neill as a grouchy bushman, and newcomer Julian Dennison as a feisty foster kid, who are forced to forge an alliance to survive the New Zealand wilderness. The screening is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr. Running time: 101 min.

Seventeen shorts and one feature-length film will play between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on opening night at Harkins Bricktown 16, 150 E. Reno Ave.

Comedy Shorts will play from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program includes 10 films: A King’s Betrayal; The Barry and Ro Show; Breakery; Living Legend; Hello Charles; The Poets; Total Awesome Viking Power; Bra’d Squad; Thunder P.; and Seth.

Seven short films are slated to screen as part of the Rated “R” for Ridiculously Awesome Shorts program from 9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.: Dog Bowl; Party of Special Things To Do; The Singularity; Putting the Dog to Sleep; MANOMAN; The Black Bear; and Too Legit.

Electric Nostalgia, the story of a young woman haunted by visions of a faceless man after she is awoken from the dead in a body that is not her own, will screen from 9:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. This is the first feature-length film from writer/director/cinematographer Jacob Burns. Running time: 91 min.

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