LANCE MCDANIEL

Executive Director | Artistic Director
lance@deadcenterfilm.org

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.

KIM HAYWOOD

Director of Programming and Education
kim@deadcenterfilm.org

Kim is deadCenter’s first employee, and has grown the festival from a hidden gem to a nationally recognized feast of great films, music and pleasure. Kim managed the operations for several years. And, along the way, she developed a taste for independent film that has come to define deadCenter to this day. Kim now oversees programming and heads up our statewide education program.

Kim produced a rock opera, Rainbow Around the Sun, which premiered at SXSW before kicking off deadCenter in 2008. Kim is from Edmond, Oklahoma.

ALYX PICARD DAVIs

Head of Operations/Festival Coordinator
alyx@deadcenterfilm.org

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 UCO’s Alumni Board. Alyx worked in the production office on The Killer Inside Me, the star-filled serial killer film made all over Oklahoma. That’s the same film on which Lance was assistant props and on-set dresser. Alyx is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, although she claims a few formative years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin-much to the chagrin of her husband.

KEVIN ELY

Features Programmer
kevin@deadcenterfilm.org

Kevin has served as a features programmer for the past several years, helping us curate a slate of films that represents the best of independent film. Kevin directed the film Rainbow Around the Sun, which was produced by our own Kim Haywood. 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.

RYAN BAKER

Features Programmer
ryan@deadcenterfilm.org

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. 

SARA THOMPSON

Shorts Programmer
sara@deadcenterfilm.org

Sara is deadCenter’s first official shorts programmer and has elevated our game tremendously, hunting and luring insightful, hilarious short 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 in box office. Sara is a high school film teacher, where she uses many of the skills she gained as a 2nd AD on prison movies.

SHANE SMITH

Shorts Programmer
shane@deadcenterfilm.org

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.


EXECUTIVE BOARD

John Kennedy - Chair
President, Irish Realty

Debbie Nauser - Vice-Chair
Community Volunteer

Emily Blaschke - Treasurer
First Vice President, MidFirst Bank

Ashley Byrnes - Secretary
Community Volunteer

Julie Hall - Past Chair
Community Volunteer


Board of Directors

Kirby Behenna
Sr. Brand Manager, Enable Midstream

Art Cotton
President, Cotton Consulting

Carol Johnson
Community Volunteer

Manny LeClercq
Sigma Restaurant Group, LLC.

Christina McQuistion
VP, Strategic Planning and CIO, OG&E

Michael Palmer
Community Volunteer

Gaylan Towle II
Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy

Kristen Wilson
ADG, PC

Barbara Cable
Vice President, Cable Motors

Peter Fulmer
Real Estate

Bryan n.b. King
Attorney, Feller Snider Law Firm

Mark Lester
Geoscience Consultant

Rob Miner
Senior HR Project Manager, The Boeing Company

Heather Ross
Community Volunteer

Paige Williams
Director of Tourism, Chickasaw Nation


ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Emily Bendick   Chair, Merchandise

Bryon Chambers   Co-Chair, Registration

Jack Downs   Volunteer, Former Intern

Kevin Ely   Features Programmer

Anne Herriott   Co-Chair, Box Office

Megan Law   Co-Chair, Registration

Shelley Leveridge   Volunteer Coordinator

Brian Pelts   Volunteer, Print Master

Lisa Pitsiri   Co-Chair, VIP Host Committee

Lindsay Thomas   Co-Chair, Venue Management

Sara Thompson   Shorts Programmer

Stephen Tyler   Chair and Overlord, Technology

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