Lance started with deadCenter as a filmmaker and volunteer, screening a short film in 2006, followed by two documentaries, four narrative features, and another short film told through dance. As Executive Director, Lance has grown the Festival from 10,000 to 30,000 people while creating lasting partnerships within the community. As Artistic Director, Lance creates new programs, speaks to civic organizations about film, and travels with Kim across Oklahoma, leading free film classes in high schools, technology centers, and universities. Lance has worked on 20 feature films as director, writer, producer, 1st AD, on-set dresser, props, etc. Lance hails from Alva, Oklahoma, and is a proud graduate of Stanford University.
ALYX PICARD DAVIs
Director of Festival and Operations
Alyx came on board as our operations manager in 2013, after working part-time updating our programming processes and technologies. Alyx was a long-time volunteer in host, events, transportation, and programming. She worked with budding rock stars at ACM@UCO and still serves on UCOâ€™s Alumni Board. Alyx worked in the production office on The Killer Inside Me, the star-filled serial killer film made all over Oklahoma. She co-produced Lance McDaniel's award-winning film Swirl, and co-directed 2017 OKC48 film Previously on Alley Cats... Alyx is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, although she claims a few formative years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin-much to the chagrin of her husband.
Director of Programming
Sara started as deadCenterâ€™s first official shorts programmer and has elevated our game tremendously, hunting and luring insightful, hilarious films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. She produced a short film The Rounder Comes to Town, which won Best Oklahoma Film at deadCenter in 2010. She also volunteered for many years at dCFF's box office. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and wrangling her two kiddos.
Krystal began her career in Washington, D. C. and moved back home to Oklahoma City in November 2014. Imagine her surprise to find out that a big oleâ€™ production such as dCFF was not only a thing, but THRIVING, as almost a kickoff to summer and an annual reminder of the renaissance taking place in the city she loves so much. She fell in love with the festival that June of 2015 and hasnâ€™t looked back. In January 2018 Krystal created Konjo Concepts and is thrilled to work directly with the dream team this year!
Kevin has served as a features programmer for the past several years, helping us curate a slate of films that represent the best of independent film. Kevin directed the film Rainbow Around the Sun. Kevin edits the opening bumpers for our festival and selects the local band whose song is featured each year. During the day, Kevin works as the Creative Director at LifeChurch.tv and comes home to the two cutest daughters in the world.
Originally from Tulsa, Ryan is our newest programmer. In a previous life, Ryan worked in marketing/ad/PR for film studios including Sony Pictures, Paramount (Paramount Vantage), Miramax and Focus Features. As if that's not impressive enough, Ryan wrote several published essays on genre films during his time at the University of Oklahoma. You should never challenge Ryan to a film trivia contest...because you'll lose.
Box Office Coordinator
Kori relocated to Oklahoma City seven years ago and has spent that time as a social worker, specializing in services to the homeless community in the metro area. She is currently on staff at Frontline Church Downtown, HopeHouse OKC, and on the board of Be The Change, a non-profit partner of the Homeless Alliance. You can usually find her reading a book or writing at a local coffee shop downtown. Kori started as a deadCenter box office volunteer in 2012 and hasnâ€™t left since.
Kindt Steven Myers
Kindt Steven Myers is an Oklahoma native and hospitality professional. With over two decades of experience, Kindtâ€™s career has deep roots planted in restaurants and hotel management, with work ranging from operations to the origination of multiple independent concepts. His event production company, Kindt Events, has grown to be an industry leader and innovator in wedding design and full-scale event production. In more recent years Kindt has developed a parent company, KSM Companies, which includes interior design, and an artist management company represented nationwide.
Sally graduates from Oklahoma State University in May 2018 as a Liberal Studies Major with concentrations in Art History, Psychology and Communication. She has always had a heart for the cathartic and creative sides of the arts and visual culture. Sally began her time with the festival as a Registration volunteer, going on to complete deadCenterâ€™s internship program. A dabbler and daydreamer at heart, she is so excited for the opportunity to contribute to Oklahomaâ€™s biggest film festival.
Shane is the perfect example of what happens when you're a serial volunteer at deadCenter. What a sucker. A film junkie all his life, Shane began making films because his son needed an art credit in his AP class. Since that time, Shane has screened seven films at five different festivals across the country. One of his latest films, Velvet Not Velveteen, won the 2014 OKC48, and played the Chinese Theatre at Filmapalooza 2015.
Sunrise Tippeconnie free-lances in film production and teaches at The University of Oklahoma. Tippeconnie has recently programmed the 2017 Native Crossroads Film Festival and is currently a shorts programmer for deadCenter Film Festival 2018. Tippeconnie also produces and directs fictional work with David Burkhart through the company Out of Print. He has directed American Indian works that have shown world wide, including the Heard Museum, imagineNATIVE, and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Stephen is a Consulting Technologist and content creator based in Oklahoma City. He is a managing partner and technomancer at the newly revitalized Tower Theatre OKC and owner of Mostly Harmless Media, a new media content network and production company. Ever the innovative thinker, Stephen works to bridge the gap between creation and execution and graciously lends his brain to help many organizations in arts and education.
Emily Blaschke - Chair
Director, Investor Relations and Corp Affairs, Tapstone Energy
Kristen Torkelson - Vice-Chair
Mark Lester - Treasurer
Kirby Behenna - Secretary
Sr. Brand Manager, Enable Midstream
John Kennedy - Past Chair
President, Irish Realty
Board of Directors
CEO, Tapstone Energy
Elizabeth Lauderback Issac
Attorney, Dunlap Codding
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Gaylan Towle II
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Adrienne Ahpeatone Husted
Project Manager, William Sonoma
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