Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Subject to Change: DeadCENTER Dead On

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Subject to Change: DeadCENTER Dead On

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Oklahoma City is in a general state of frisson at the moment. Our city has become the talk of the nation as the hard work of visionaries has paid off. The Oklahoma City Thunder, MAPS, and the development of places like Bricktown and Midtown are thriving with critical mass and new business. Now, what once was a fledgling cadre of movie buffs has evolved into one of the most charmingly executed film festivals in the country - in just 10 short years.

The 10th annual deadCENTER Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a screening of The Birth of Big Air, a new documentary about extreme BMX biker Mat Hoffman. Produced by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville and Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze (who was holding court in a booth at Red earlier in the evening), the Big Air doc chronicles the life of the Edmond resident, an extremely likable daredevil of extraordinary proportions who has spun his way into immortalization by taking risks few could ever conceive.

It was a very good scene. In an al fresco, makeshift theater on a blocked-off lower portion of Broadway, our beautiful downtown buildings looming in the near background, a half-pipe featuring Hoffman acolytes built excitement during the evening. Good-looking and interesting people of all ages milled about before the 9:30 movie time. Meanwhile, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tracey Zeeck and her co-chairman, Timothy Fields, were hosting RedCenter Lounge, an indoor/outdoor front-row fundraiser at Red, with signature cocktails and white leather couches on the patio perfectly complementing the estimated 350 white chairs meticulously arranged for the screening. It was all a very Los Angeles aesthete meets a Tribeca landscape, with a big dose of Oklahoma City's March of 1000 Flaming Skeletons waving around in the recesses of our minds. Naturally, social media on Wednesday night and Thursday morning was abuzz with the excitement of the evening, one observer epitomizing the new cool of Oklahoma City: "Tonight I witnessed a heated but civil debate between Wayne Coyne and Mat Hoffman over which one of them was crazier. …

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