deadCenter Film launches series about women and non-binary programmers


OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) — A series of programs from Oklahoma City’s deadCenter Film starting Friday, Feb. 25 will feature films chosen by six women and non-binary notables from the OKC metro. The series will run from January through July at the Oklahoma City 21c Museum Hotel downtown.

First Friday is the iconic film “Cleopatra Jones” chosen by Oklahoma Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice, premiering at 7:30 p.m.

Image from an original “Cleopatra Jones” movie poster.

A synopsis provided by the studio reads, “During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to local police forces in the war on drugs.”

Nikki Nice
Nikki Nice, October 2020. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla City Free Press)

One of the best-known ‘blaxploitation’ films of the 1970s, ‘Cleopatra Jones’ stars Tamara Dobson whose rise in the world of fashion and modeling has paralleled her notoriety as an actress who portrayed an undercover federal agent with the cover of being a model.

Councilor Nice will present the film and explain why she chose it, and will lead a discussion with the participants.

Events to come

Other events in this series will include:

  • March 25 – Paris Burris – screenwriter and filmmaker in Oklahoma City. Movie: “Children’s Hour”
  • April 22 – Rep. Mauree Turner – State Representative for Oklahoma City’s HD 88. Movie: “Framing Agnes”

Dates and films have not been set on the last three programmers:

  • Lisa Broad – Director of Film Programming and Theater Operations at Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Marisa Carlson – Programming Director of the Simply Indie Film Fest in Edmond
  • Camila Chavez Rojas – Short Film Programmer for deadCenter Film Festival

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Last updated on February 25, 2022, 1:21 p.m. by Brett Dickerson – Editor


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