ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
FRACK FEST is organized and programmed by an active group of writer/director/producer/gamer/and comic fans. We provide a unique opportunity for both sexes of game designers and lovers of games, filmmakers and graphic novels, authors, and illustrators working with limited budgets, a festival to showcase their talent and vision. We welcome all works by independent visionaries dedicated to the art of storytelling through games, graphic novels and motion pictures creating our own particular place “underground”. By presenting an accessible, user-friendly fest for cult cinema, games and comics, FRACK FEST presents a wide range of artistry exploring the many facets and elucidations of what it means to be “underground”.
The festival offers a unique mix of games, graphic novels and cinema of all lengths and genres, by both sexes, focusing on the diverse “underground” programming. In addition, FRACK FEST will honor the history of independent/underground outlook by presenting tributes and retrospectives of artists such as Bob Chinn (future retrospectives to include John Waters and Lina Wertmüller).
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
FRACK FEST, Oklahoma City’s Underground Multimedia Festival is where gaming, graphic novels and motion pictures are mixed and celebrated together. Our mission is to discover new and emerging independent artists and to promote the art and craft of games, graphic novels, and motion pictures by inspiring and bringing works together that culminate in form, technique, or content where similar language is used to tell a story. FRACK FEST recognizes the creative process and endeavors to drill down and unearth outstanding rising talent; nurture and release their gifts through panels, mixers, exhibition, appearance, and display. To present audacious works that inject challenges and transcend expectations allowing new thoughts and ideas to flow... if you suspect your game, graphic novel or motion picture is "underground," it probably is. We are here to cultivate and develop your vision.
George Adams (Founder/Artistic Director/Programmer/Filmmaker);
Theresa Santiago (Founder/Programmer/Actor);
Layla Payne (Founder/Programmer/Producer);
Johnnie Payne (Founder/Programmer/Gamer/Actor)
Joshua Unruh (Programmer/Writer)
Rachel Suitt (Entertainment Coordinator/Movie Lover)
Tom Powers (Founder)
George Adams is an international-multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker having screened films all over the world. His recent feature, EMERALD, TEXAS a story of a young girl in search of a miracle, was screened to an enthusiastic audience in Oklahoma and will be making it's world premiere at the Riverside International Film Festival in April. His multi-award-winning documentary TOUCHE: A BLIND FENCER'S STORY has screened in Oklahoma, California, Washington and Madrid, Spain. Touche, about a young woman who lost her sight and learned the Olympic sport of fencing as part of her rehabilitation, has four awards: The prestigious CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD, BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY at the Madrid International Film Fest where the film was also nominated for Best Film Score. Winner of the GOLDEN REEL AWARD (Nevada Film Festival) and Second-Place for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. His feature-length documentary Panic Nation (also a multi-award-winning doc) was seen by an estimated 40,000 people in Mexico, California, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. The film delves into the history, reasons and the rise of state sponsored immigration laws and their effects in the United States. It won the Best Documentary Award at the Broadway International Film Festival in Los Angeles. In addition, Mr. Adams was recognized by the City of Los Angeles and awarded a Certificate of Celebration for his contribution to cinema, art and culture. Other awards include the Golden Palm Award from the Mexico International Film Festival, a Top Ten Audience Favorite at the DOCUTAH Documentary Film Festival. Mr. Adams was also recognized by Noches de Oklahoma and LULAC de Oklahoma for his positive contribution to the Latino community. Mr. Adams is the Associate Producer of the multi-award winning documentary Torn from the Flag about the fall of Communism and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. This film premiered in Los Angeles at the prestigious AFI Fest as part of AFI’s “Milestones” section, their “best of the best” and has screened to sold-out houses for scores of people around the world at 18 festivals in five countries, garnering eight different awards, including a run at the 2009 Oscar race. As a theatrical producer and director of dozens of projects in Los Angeles and New York, Mr. Adams was one of five directors nominated for Best Director from over 90 participants at the SpotLight On festival in New York. His cast for The Insanity of Mary Girard went on to win the Best Ensemble Cast award. Other plays include The Boys Next Door (Drama-Logue Best Ensemble Award); Fool for Love (Torry Award - Best Play; Best Supporting Actor); the West Coast premiere of the Hercule Poirot mystery Black Coffee; and the critically-acclaimed Love Letters, starring Broadway and television star, Marion Ross.
Johnnie Payne has over 20 years experience in table top gaming with a specialty in Role Playing Games. He has run hundreds of sessions and created dozens of deep story settings. In the late 90's and into the early 2000's, Johnnie worked with White-Wolf Studios while winning several awards for storytelling and strategy. He is a large part of the convention scene, organizing gaming tournaments as well as writing and producing large scale LARP events with over 100 players at a time.
Layla Payne has worn a hat in many different avenues of life. She has over 9 years management and human resources experience in the job industry. She was part of the creative process in deciding what hair and makeup the Oklahoma City Thunder girls would wear in the 2009 basketball season. She worked in theatrical performances doing hair and makeup for plays like "Oliver!" and "Much Ado About Nothing" with Oklahoma City Theater Company. She was Producer of the independent award winning film "Emerald, Texas". She also stage managed "Blithe Spirit" at the Stage Door Theater in Yukon, OK. She has a love for arts and entertainment and is working toward her degree in business management. She is also an avid gamer who loves to attend gaming and comic conventions in her free time. She also loves attending the occasional Renaissance Festival dressed in full garb.
Joshua Unruh writes all the things. He has developed webseries and television pilots that haven never been produced, comic books that have never been drawn, and roleplaying games that have never been played. But the stories get published! Through his imprint, Pulp Diction Press, Joshua specializes in modern retro fiction. Action scientists, haunted cowboys, girl super spies, diverse superheroes, and marauding vikings are just some of what he offers through PDP. Joshua strives to make everything he writes clever, interesting, or funny. Like Meatloaf said, two out of three ain't bad. He makes his home in Oklahoma City with a wife, a son, two dogs, and no room in the storm shelter when the inevitable tornado hits.