OC grad's movie wins top honors at festival

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A movie directed by Oklahoma Christian University (OC) graduate Kyle Roberts won the award for “Best Oklahoma Film” at the deadCENTER Film Festival Saturday.

Roberts’ film, “The Posthuman Project,” is about a group of high school friends who go on a rock climbing trip to celebrate their graduation. On the trip, they receive a genetic boost that gives them superhero abilities.

Roberts calls the movie a cross between “The Breakfast Club” and “X-Men.” Lucas Ross, a 2003 OC graduate, had a role in the film, and OC alumna Sandra Peck and current OC student Dani Hebert worked as production assistants.

“The cross genre between these two had never been done before, which hopefully separates the film from any other superhero movie, and we did it on a micro budget,” Roberts said. “I love to show the world what a bunch of Okies are capable of.”

Saturday’s showing of “The Posthuman Project” at deadCENTER filled the 280-seat theatre to capacity, with more than 50 people turned away.

deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine.

More than 1,000 films were submitted to deadCENTER this year, with the winners selected by an independent panel of film industry professionals.

Roberts owns Reckless Abandonment Pictures LLC, an Oklahoma City-based motion picture company that has earned mentions in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, VH1, Gizmodo, WIRED magazine, and Mashable. He also is a videographer and editor for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com.

In 2012, Roberts was selected to compete on Syfy’s “Viral Video Showdown” for a production that included fellow OC graduates Hal Gatewood, Jason Oser and Ross.

In 2013, Roberts won an Emmy Award from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “Thunder in Motion,” a commercial for The Oklahoman about Oklahoma City’s NBA team.

He will enter “The Posthuman Project” in Comic-Con, an international film festival, later this year.