The deadCENTER Film Festival takes place every summer around the beginning of June. This is the fifth year I’ve attended, and it just keeps growing and growing. You can buy a pass that will get you into all the films or just pay for the individual films you want to see. They also offer a couple free screenings (even some kid’s shorts) every year which are my favorite to attend. In the past I’ve always attended the opening night free screening and have seen everything from a documentary called Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo to a crazy narrative Rainbow Around The Sun. It’s a pretty sweet deal where they close a street, set up an outdoor screen and everyone brings their chairs and blankets. This year due to game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals being on the same night I decided basketball was more important and didn’t attend the opening night film.
I still really wanted to go see a film, so a few friends and I packed up a picnic dinner and went to see the free film on Saturday night, Under African Skies, at the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn. It’s a documentary about the making of Paul Simon’s Graceland and the controversy around his trip to South Africa during the cultural boycott against the Apartheid regime. It was a great documentary and the weather was perfect!
I know it’s too late to catch any films this year, but I highly recommend checking out the deadCENTER Film Festival next year.