Annise Parker Touches Down In Oklahoma City For Astronaut Movie Premiere

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Last weekend marked the 10th year for Oklahoma City's deadCENTER Film Festival. Since its beginnings as a small, largely local fest in 2000, it has grown into one of the summer's bigger festivals, drawing thousands of attendees each year and attracting filmmakers from across the world.

The closing night premiere film was Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, the story of the video-game magnate who spent $30 million to visit the International Space Station in 2008. The movie was introduced by Garriott's father, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott.

He, in turn, was introduced by none other than Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Parker was actually in town for the 78th meeting of the Annual Conference of Mayors, which just happened to coincide with the film festival. Organizers say she was more than happy to make the introduction.

After some initial awkwardness over a joke that may or may not have been at Oklahoma's expense -- something about a "hoedown" -- the mayor was warmly received by the crowd, several of whom came up afterward to introduce themselves.

Her festival duties complete, Parker left to continue her conference. And possibly to escape the movie's 125-decibel outdoor sound system.

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