Film

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).

A feature-length documentary sponsored by Oklahoma City's Historic Film Row will make its Oklahoma debut during the deadCenter Film Festival next month.

Two Trains Runnin', directed by Sam Pollard and narrated by Common, tells the remarkable story of how avid blues fans were able to save the music of their heroes amid the backdrop of racial violence that gripped Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964.

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The film Medicine Woman by Princella RedCorn portrays the life of the first Native American doctor—Susan La Flesche Picotte—an Omaha woman who became a doctor in the late 1800's. She rallied for basic health care and was a passionate prohibitionist. She practiced medicine at a time when very little was available to doctors like herself. 

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Documentarian and five-time Emmy winner Paul Devlin is in Oklahoma tonight to screen his new film, The Front Man.

Devlin says the film is more than a documentary - It’s also a romantic comedy, which is a departure from his usual fare.   The central characters are musician Jim Wood and his wife, Christie, who over the course of the film struggle with the choice of whether or not to start a family.  He adds the film serves as a commentary on the obsession with celebrity and the validity of art with a smaller audience.  

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The deadCENTER Film Festival held its kickoff reception on the rooftop of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art last night.

KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll reports two honored guests, both Oklahoma natives, were in attendance. 

The deadCENTER Film Festival runs through Sunday.  More information is available at deadcenterfilm.org.

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KOSU listeners might know Brent Weber as our commentator for Sports Talk with Michael Cross, but his latest project takes on a whole different subject: individuals with severe disabilities.  Brent talks about the labor of love that has become his documentary, “Real Live Angels.”  It will be screened at the Paramount on Oklahoma City’s Film Row this Saturday.

 

You can find out more about “Real Live Angels” here.

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Whovians young and old came together in Oklahoma City for the "Doctor Who" feature film “Day of the Doctor.”  When asked to choose a favorite incarnation of the Doctor, their answers were as varied as their age range.   

New fans and devotees from the classic days of the series unite in their love of the Doctor, regardless of his form – but they don’t all agree on which of the Doctor’s companions they love most.