OC instructor, students screen movie at film festival

Eagle Broadcasting Director David Jurney and his students are screening their independent film “Dead Tired” this weekend.

The film (trailer featured above) was selected by the Trail Dance Film Festival and will be shown Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. in Duncan, Okla. 

Dead Tired film poster

The film was the culmination of Jurney’s Advanced Creative Production class last year and featured work from Oklahoma Christian University’s communication and theater departments. It was filmed and edited by Jose Cruz, Emily Eldridge, Daniel Warren, Jason Oser, Cameron Sutherland and Logan Rine. Actors include Nathaneal Nalley, Sarah Henry, Jacob Weaver, Kris Murray and communication professor Barrett Huddleston. 

The Trail Dance Film Festival is an open-genre independent film competition. In addition to audience screenings, the festival also includes vendors, live entertainment and panels featuring film professionals.

“Dead Tired” will be shown at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan and tickets can be purchased at the door.

The film centers on the story of Todd, a young man with narcolepsy who just wants to live a normal life.  

Many Trail Dance films have received distribution, including Bill Sebastian's “Midlothia,” and “Johnny Was," which was picked up by Starz. Jon Sajetowski (“Donnybrook”) went on to direct ABC's “Wife Swap,” and David Lawrence (“My Name is Wallace”) booked a recurring role on NBC's “Heroes.”

The festival concludes with a grand awards gala where the Golden Drover Award is presented to worthy filmmakers. One lucky student will be awarded a scholarship to pursue a career in filmmaking.