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USA Film Festival April 26-30

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The USA Film Festival announces
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
47th Annual USA Film Festival
April 26-30, 2017

DALLAS – The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the 47th Annual
USA Film Festival, April 26 – 30, 2017 as part of Dallas Arts Month. Programs will be held
at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas. Advance tickets are
available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning April 12, 2017.
This year’s program highlights (in-person guests) include:
– Texan Del Shores returns to the Festival to present several “early Opening Night” screenings of the
seventeen-years-later very Southern sequel A Very Sordid Wedding on April 21, 23 & 25 (This program
only will be held at the Texas Theatre)
– Salute to actor Rene Auberjonois in conjunction with the Short Film Showcase program (The evening
will include a film clip compilation salute to Mr. Auberjonois)
– An all-star Shorts Showcase program featuring works from actress Karen Allen presenting her
directorial debut A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.; actress Sharon Lawrence presents Russell Simpson’s short
work Home; actress Brenda Strong and writer/director John Farmanesh-Bocca present their short
film (shot in North Texas) I Did Not Forget You; and Finnegan Haid presents his short work The Parrot
featuring Rene Auberjonois. Actor Charles Haid will host the on-stage Q&A with Rene Auberjonois
following the film clip Tribute.
– Special repertory screening of The Best of Everything (1959) with star Diane Baker in attendance (The
evening will include a film clip compilation salute to Ms. Baker)
– The Festival also honors actress and voice artist extraordinaire Nancy Cartwright (she is the voice of
Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons”) with her screenwriting debut feature In Search of Fellini (also in
attendance producers Monica Gil, Kevin Burke and Peter Kjenaas (also co-writer) and actress
Mary Lynn Rajskub)
– Dallas-raised writers Evan Daughtery (Snow White and The Huntsman) and writer Philip Schaeffer
return to the Festival to present Schaeffer’s directing debut Witch-Hunt, produced by Daughtery
– Also from Dallas – Producer Chris Donahue returns to the Festival to present his fascinating
documentary The Dating Project. Free Admission program.
– Also from Dallas – Producer Mickey Liddell returns to present his new film Megan Leavey, based on
the true story of a Marine veteran and her combat dog
– Former Dallasite Margaret Galbraith returns home to present the uplifting documentary Stickman: The
Roosevelt Wilkerson Story about the life of the formerly homeless local artist popularly known as
Stickman for his singularly carved walking sticks
– Actor/director Charles Haid returns to the Festival (as producer) with the excellent comedy/drama
Sensitivity Training which marks the feature film debut of writer/director Melissa Finell (also in
attendance)
– Writer/director Finn Taylor returns to the Festival to present the winning romantic comedy Unleashed
– Writer/director Eric Howell returns to the Festival to present his haunting thriller Voice From the Stone
starring Emilia Clarke; producer Dean Zanuck also in attendance
– Writer/director Jake Goldberger returns to the Festival to present his charming coming-of-age drama
Holding Patterns starring Freddie Highmore
– Awards program for the 39th Annual International Short Film Competition; The 2017 National Jury
includes writer/director John Putch, actor/writer/director Christina Beck, actor DeVaughn Nixon,
painter and filmmaker Rosson Crow, and writer/director/producer/animator Jorge Gutierrez. Free
admission program.
– Special screening of the new documentary film about the life of influential jazz pianist Bill Evans
entitled Time/Remembered; In attendance filmmaker Bruce Spiegel; Presented in partnership with
Sammons Jazz and the Sammons Center for the Arts. Free admission program

– Special screening of the new film The Father and the Bear presented by filmmaker John Putch;
Presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas Chapter and the City of
Dallas Office of Senior Affairs. Free Admission program.
– Other highlights include several compilation programs of short films (Narrative, Nonfiction, Student,
Animation), several Texas-made shorts and feature films, two films from 30-year Festival alumnus
Bill Plympton (the irreverent animated feature Revengeance created with Jim Lujan along with the
hilarious short Cop Dog), and a special repertory screening of the contemporary all-ages classic
Whale Rider (screened at USAFF in 2002) as we prepare for its bluray debut.
[A full schedule of films is listed in the attached program flyer. An additional 60+ filmmaker guests
will be in attendance.)
DEDICATION – USAFF47 is dedicated to these friends and filmmakers that we lost this past year:
Bill Paxton was a great friend to USAFF attending our program many times over several decades, with
films in which he performed, produced and directed. Lupita Tovar was the most charming of guests
when we presented the Spanish-language Dracula with her thirty years ago. Actress Charmian Carr
was such a doll attending our KidFilm program to present a sing-a-long version of The Sound of Music —
all the kids wanted “Liesl’s” autograph. Producer Dan Ireland joined us to present his directing debut
The Whole Wide World in 1996, which he shot in Texas. Filmmaker and film professor Andy Anderson
screened his locally made feature Positive ID with us in 1986. Film historian, TCM ambassador and
world-class host Robert Osborne was a wonderful colleague to all of us who love and support classic
films.
TICKET & SCHEDULE INFORMATION
Tickets for most programs are $10.
There are also several FREE-admission programs noted in the schedule.
Advance tickets will be available via TICKETMASTER beginning April 12th
Tickets by telephone – 214-631-2787
Tickets online – www.ticketmaster.com
A complete schedule of all Festival events may be:
— obtained by calling the Festival office at 214-821-FILM
— viewed online at www.usafilmfestival.com
— and printed schedules can also be picked up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas
OFFICIAL SPONSORS
Sponsors of the 47th Annual USA Film Festival include Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Gaedeke Group,
Whole Foods Market, Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Trust, Headington Company,
Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Mary Fox and Laura Fox Williamson, Suddenlink
Communications, Dallas Film Commission, cashstore.com, Sidley Austin LLP, Jackson Walker LLP,
Texas Film Commission, Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals, Wolfgang Puck Catering,
SAG-AFTRA, Dallas Producers Association, Alford Media Services, Angelika Film C

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Dallas VideoFest Oct. 18-23

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The 29th Annual Dallas VideoFest will host approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs. The festival specializes in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere.

You’ll see experimental video, documentaries, shorts, feature length films and animation. VideoFest will include panel discussions, and displays of new technology, as well as provide professional development and collaborative opportunities for attendees and artists.

 

–from the Dallas Film Society Newsreel

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