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Are you looking for some good movies?  Sure, you could go to one of Oklahoma City’s many movie theaters—Harkins, TinselTown, The Warren—but you might be looking for something other than a popcorn flick.  Oklahoma has a number of film festivals and movie series, and many of them cost much less than going to a theater.  Here are a few different movie series and festivals going on this spring.  Check them out.  Many include great movies that are not only entertaining but also very educational.

Oklahoma City University Film Series

Where: Oklahoma City University Kerr McGee Auditorium

March 4: Sansho the Bailiff (2:00 pm, last film in the 2011-12 series)


Oklahoma City Museum of Art Film Series

Where: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art

When: weekends in March

The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film series features a number of different classic French movies, including “A Trip to the Moon” and “The Extraordinary Voyage,” two of the earliest science fiction films.  The two were directed by Georges Melies, who features heavily in recently released movie “Hugo.”  Other films include “Declaration of War” and “The Moon Child.”  Visit the museum’s website for specific dates and times.

The museum will also be screening a number of other films during March:

March 16, 5:30 pm – Twilight Zone Triple Header

March 16, 8 pm – Young Frankenstein

March 17, 5:30 pm – Casablanca

March 17, 8 pm – ZARDOZ live event with improv commentary

March 18, 12:30 pm and 3 pm – Grease sing-a-long event

March 22 – 25 – Pina

March 29, 7:30 pm – Real Genius

March 30 – April 1 – The Salt of Life


Understanding the Struggle Through Film series

Where: Beans & Leaves Coffee Shop, 4015 N. Penn in Oklahoma City

When: Every Thursday at 7:00 pm

This film series features six films highlighting the struggle of particular minority groups.  The series is sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University

March 1 – LGBT struggles: Stonewall Uprising

March 8 – African-American Struggles: Tongues Untied

March 15 – Transgender Struggles (film TBD)

April 5 – Hispanic-American Struggles (film TBD)

April 12 – Asian-American Struggles

April 19 – The Holocaust


Bare Bones Film Festival

Where: Muskogee, Oklahoma (multiple venues)

When: April 13 – 22, 2012

The Bare Bones Film Festival is organized by the Darkwood Film Arts Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping independent filmmakers, writers, directors, and actors realize their career dreams.


DeadCenter Film Festival

Where: Downtown Oklahoma City

When:  The 12th annual festival is set for June 6 – 10.  Movies and times TBA.

The DeadCenter Film Festival is probably the largest film festival in Oklahoma.  If you love film, you don’t want to miss it!


Oklahoma Dance Film Festival

Where: Circle Cinema, Tulsa

When: October 13 – 16

This festival focuses solely on films that deal with dancing, including documentaries, choreography, and experimental films focused on movement and the visual arts.  It’s really different from any other film festival.


Blogs about Oklahoma City and local film festivals.

BAM’s blog talks about the Trail Dance Festival, which was held in January.

The DeadCenter film blog lists last year’s festival winners and even links to clips (or, in some cases, the full film).

The POV Blog has a great list of 12 small-town documentary film festivals, including a small article about the Trail Dance Festival.

Finally, a blog by Sam Borowski on how film festivals help filmmakers and actors.

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