Lance McDaniel Visits TU Film Studies Students

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Filmmaker Lance McDaniel and Chief Operating Officer of deadCENTER Film Festival, Kim Haywood, Visit TU

Guest Artist, Lance McDaniel, visits with TU Film Studies students in classrooms and in luncheon on Monday, November 26th, 2012. Lance McDaniel is a local filmmaker who has worked on 13 feature films. Kim Haywood, Chief Operating Officer of the deadCENTER Film Festival, also visited with students in the classrooms and luncheon.

McDaniel is the Executive Director of the deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma’s largest film festival. Lance is also an independent filmmaker who has worked on 13 feature films, including Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby. This past summer, Lance co-wrote and directed the family comedy, Just Crazy Enough, starring Chris Kattan, and produced a documentary about the first female Governor of Oklahoma, First & Female, that is currently nominated for a Regional Emmy Award. Lance’s feature length documentary, Widowbago, won Best Oklahoma film in 2007. And, his short, The Gymnast, won a Best Actress award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Lance is also a DGA 1st AD, working on several features for Oscar winning producer Gray Frederickson, the Chickasaw Nation’s first feature film, Pearl, and the Brooks Douglass story Heaven’s Rain. Lance serves on several boards, including the Oklahoma Film and Music Office Advisory Board, the Oklahoma Arts Institute Film Advisory Board, the OCCC Film Studies Board, the OCU Interpersonal Studies Board and the Heritage Hall Alumni Board.

Prior to working in film, Lance spent 15 years as an internet consultant in London, New York and San Francisco. He provided strategic direction, implementation and management of the initial websites for Levi’s, Starbucks, Star Wars, Harley Davidson, British Airways, Virgin Airlines and Walt Disney World. Lance has a Masters in Film from Oklahoma City University and a film degree from Stanford University, where he currently serves as Event Chair for his 20 year reunion.

Kim Haywood has been with deadCENTER for the past eight years, helping transform the festival from a small, volunteer-run event into a year-round operation that attracts thousands and presents the brightest voices in independent film from around the world to Oklahoma. As Chief Operating Officer, Kim has implemented online submissions and scheduling, a governing board of directors, a volunteer committee structure, a financial reporting system, a significant increase in state and national press and year round programming.

Kim also works as an independent film and commercial producer on several Oklahoma films, including Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo and Okie Noodling 2. In 2007, she produced an award winning rock opera film, Rainbow Around the Sun, which made its world premiere at SXSW, won Best Oklahoma Film and was one of only ten films in the nation accepted to Independent Feature Project’s Narrative Rough Cut Lab. Kim has been honored as one of the brightest 40 people under 40 by both Oklahoma magazine and OKC Biz magazine. Kim is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Ashley Etter