This blog post about deadCenter 2017 was written by Lance McDaniel, Executive Director & Artistic Director of deadCenter, and fan of The Spy. You can follow deadCenter on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
On December 8, 1993, Nirvana played their first and only concert in Oklahoma City. The show was in the T&T Building at the State Fairgrounds, a metal warehouse with terrible acoustics and zero ventilation. The Breeders opened, playing their massive hit “Cannonball,” which dominated MTV at the time. Then Kurt Cobain wandered onstage and Nirvana tore into a set of visceral rock and roll that incited violent thrashing throughout the crowd from the stage to the back of the warehouse. It was the most intense concert I would ever experience. Kurt Cobain died four months later.
This June, the deadCenter Film Festival is traveling back in time to Seattle in the early 1990’s with a 20th anniversary screening of the definitive grunge rock documentary, Hype!. Hype! is directed by Doug Pray and uses insider interviews and rare concert footage to trace the steps of grunge, from Seattle neighborhood basements to the top of the charts. From mega bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, to early influencers like the Melvins, Mudhoney, and 7 Year Bitch, the film offers a comprehensive look at the grunge scene that dominated music and pop culture for nearly a decade.
Hype! the definitive grunge rock documentary
Hip Hop Artist Warren G is the subject of another searing deadCenter documentary. G-Funk chronicles the rise of G-Funk music that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1990’s as a cross between socially aware gangsta rap, funk, Motown, and R&B. Warren G co-founded the movement with his 213 bandmates Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. But, Dr. Dre and Deathrow Records cut Warren G out. As the other two rose to superstardom, Warren G went back to Long Beach and started making it on his own. This film follows his journey. With great music performances and interviews with Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, and more, the film is a primer on the rise of hip hop and the people who brought it to the masses.
G-Funk chronicles the rise of G-Funk music
Country and Folk music will be well represented at deadCenter with two narrative feature films and a documentary. American Folk is a musical about two strangers who meet on a plane bound for New York on the morning of September 11, 2001. When the airports close, they are forced to cross the country in an old van, discovering each other and a country lifting itself up after massive tragedy. Pure Country: Pure Heart is musical about two teenage sisters who find a letter from their dad, a Marine who passed away in Iraq, and decide to hit the road and discover who he really was. And, finally, Far Western is a documentary from Oklahoma filmmakers James Payne and Matt Leach that illuminates the fascinating country music scene in Japan.