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7:30 a.m.: Startled out of a fun dream by my iPhone alarm. Hit snooze button extra hard to punish phone for being so intrusive.
7:39 a.m.: Slap snooze a little less aggressively.
7:48 a.m.: Peel myself out of bed, still wondering why my bed is so much more comfortable in the morning than at night.
7:59 a.m.: Emerge from the bathroom grateful for my bald head and aggressive showering techniques learned in Navy ROTC.
8:10 a.m.: Search the kitchen for a sugar-free Red Bull and chewy granola bar for breakfast.
9 a.m.: Arrive at Moore Norman Tech Center. Head inside to set up for presentation.
9:25 a.m.: Assure students who attended my presentation last year that this will not be the same ol’ boring presentation as before.
9:30 a.m.: Launch into a hilarious, but informative, two-hour presentation about how, in only four short years, we turned an idea about twins separated at birth into a feature film starring Chris Kattan. We discuss fundraising, script writing, casting, production, available roles in films, post production and distribution.
11:17 a.m.: Fifty-three students sprint out the door for a caffeine break. One student stays behind to show me his video blog entries from the past year, asking if I think he will be a great newscaster or reporter. I stare blankly at a screen, wondering what a video blog is and who watches that type of thing.
11:28 a.m.: The crowd returns, elated that I will stop talking now and actually show them scenes from the movie.
11:52 a.m.: Spend the final half hour showing great short films about mowing shoes and demented tooth fairies that have played deadCENTER in the past.
12:33 p.m.: Eat delicious turkey sandwich at desk.
12:45 p.m.: Call Kim to work on schedule for the festival.
1:20 p.m.: Join illustrious faculty from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University and the 2 Movie Guys to critique surprisingly interesting and obtuse short films made by the Moore Norman Tech students.
3:47 p.m.: Head back to OKC, amazed at how lucky the students are to have such a great facility, faculty and program to start them on their career path before leaving high school.
4:27 p.m.: Arrive back at the deadCENTER office and start notifying my list of feature filmmakers who have been admitted to our festival.
5:45 p.m.: Sprint to my car to change into all black for the Good Friday concert.
6:17 p.m.: Arrive at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church looking like Zorro and head down to the choir room to prep for the concert.
7:30 p.m.: Try to hold it together as the oboe player sitting in front of me in the choir loft plays my favorite song ever, “Gabriel’s Oboe,” from the movie The Mission.
7:40 p.m.: Join 53 singers, 24 instrumentalists, six preachers, 10 church staff and the most gracious choir director on earth, Robert Fasol, as we wade through an awesome selection of purposefully depressing songs about Christ being crucified.
8:15 a.m.: Load my Jeep with tons of deadCENTER handouts for my presentation and head south to the Moore Norman Tech Center.
8:30 a.m.: Call Kim Haywood at the deadCENTER Film Festival office to discuss the plan for notifying the filmmakers whose films have been accepted into deadCENTER.
8:40 a.m.: Pass Crossroads Mall and wonder if they still serve Orange Juliuses.
8:36 p.m.: Thank Mom, Dad, Randy and Julie for coming to the concert.
Help them gather their adorable kids from the nursery.
8:37 p.m.: Head to Jim Roth’s for a pre-Easter cocktail party.
8:43 p.m.: Arrive at Jim’s, turn off my phone and log out for the evening.
–Photo illustration by Mark Hancock