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Seminole and Muscogee Creek filmmaker Sterlin Harjo has been busy. He's set to write and produce a series for FX called 'Reservation Dogs' with Taika Waititi and he was recently appointed to the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. KOSU's Allison Herrera caught up with him to talk about his latest documentary film, 'Love And Fury.'

Evan Rachel Wood says in the new HBO documentary Showbiz Kids that there's an easy way to spot a child actor. Just look for anyone who's good at juggling, or at Hacky Sack — as she puts it, "any kind of weird skill that you had to master by yourself." Not because child actors are antisocial or friendless, but simply because actors on film sets spend so much time alone, and if you spend a lot of time alone as a kid, these are the kinds of things you teach yourself. It's one insight among many to be found in this strong new film.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited more than 800 artists to join as members of the organization. One of them is Oklahoma's own Sterlin Harjo.

It's Episode 208 of the Okie Geek Podcast, and we are talking with Alyx Picard Davis with the deadCENTER Film Festival.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, venues across Oklahoma and the U.S. have been forced to cancel or postpone. However, deadCENTER is still planning to celebrate its 20th year, but this time it will be a virtual experience lasting twice as long, but at half the price.

deadCENTER begins June 6 and lasts all the way until June 21 with All Access passes costing just $100. This year, participants can watch any of the 140 films picked for the festival.  

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After premiering at the ImagiNATIVE film festival in Toronto, Blackhorse Lowe’s latest film FUKRY was slated for another round of screenings, including the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand this spring. But that changed once COVID-19 forced many festivals to either go online or postpone indefinitely.

 

For the first time in more than a month, a handful of U.S. movie theaters is screening films for the public. It's a toe-dip, not a dive. Santikos Entertainment in San Antonio opened three of its nine Texas cineplexes with masks and social distancing protocols in place this past Saturday. Two days later, EVO Entertainment did the same with two of its Texas theaters.

It's a long way to liftoff — there's not even a studio attached yet — but the latest news about Tom Cruise is not just a Hollywood rumor. The film industry website Deadline reports that the Top Gun and Mission Impossible star is in preliminary talks with both NASA and with Elon Musk's Space X to film a feature-length action-adventure in orbit.

The three of us — NPR movie critic Bob Mondello, Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and me, a writer for the NPR Arts Desk and Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist — didn't share our lists of favorite 2017 movies with one other beforehand, so it's interesting to see us all agreeing on so many great films (The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project and Get Out).

The seventeenth edition of deadCenter Film Festival kicked off last night in downtown Oklahoma City, and Executive Director Lance McDaniel has been planning and anticipating with his crew for the big weekend.

Filmmakers have submitted more than 100 films that will be screened through Sunday in several locations throughout the metro area, with special events and activities in between.

The new movie Life, which opens March 24, is about astronauts who discover an alien life form and live to regret it. You could say exactly the same thing about Alien: Covenant, which was originally scheduled to open the following Friday — until someone realized that was a recipe for box-office disaster. Alien: Covenant will now open in early May, and that close call, crazy as it is, isn't uncommon in Hollywood.

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