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USA Film Festival April 26-30

The USA Film Festival announces
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
– 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
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
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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Thin Line Film Fest April 19-23


April 19-23, 2017, FREE
Thin Line Fest is a five-day film, music, and photography festival in Denton, Texas. 

Thin Line Film is Texas’ only all-documentary film festival. Films from around the world and around the corner.

Thin Line Music features local, regional, and national acts on small, intimate stages. When the films end, the parties begin!

During the exhibition, enjoy Thin Line Photo, a curated exhibition of over 100 photographs at gallery spaces around Downtown Denton including the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Learn more at http://thinline.us/


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2017 Dallas International Film Festival, March 30-April 9


We’re excited to announce the full programming schedule for the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival, March 30-April 9.

With 122 films from 31 countries and multiple, panels, events and galas, there’s a lot to talk about. We can’t get to it all here, but you can see it all now at DallasFilm.org.

Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:

DIFF opens a festival-long salute to films of 1967 with our Opening Night Gala, a 50th Anniversary screening of BONNIE AND CLYDE.

Our World premieres include Craig Elrod’s MUSTANG ISLAND, Russ Kendall’s MAN IN THE CAMO JACKET, Jameson Brooks’s BOMB CITY, and Micah Barber’s INTO THE WHO KNOWS!

David Gordon Green will receive the Maverick Award, and Katharine Houghton will attend a special screening of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.

#DIFF2017 online box office opens march 16

The Prekindle Online Box Office for the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival opens on March 16 to the general public at DallasFilm.org.

View all the festivals films and create your schedule in our online film guide. It’s easy to add them to your cart and check out. This year we’re offering print-at-home tickets. Just bring them to your screenings and we’ll scan them. Tickets are only $12.

You can also buy DIFF passes, DFS Honors tickets and, later, Festival merchandise at the online box office.

The Festival’s physical box office opens March 20 in the West Village.

Get ready to fest! Passes to the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival (March 30-April 9) are on sale!

A pass is the best way to experience DIFF and attend all the Festival’s narrative features, documentaries, short films and panels. Higher pass levels receive access to the Filmmaker Lounge where you can meet and mingle with DIFF filmmakers.

Festival passes make great gifts for the film lover in your life, or anybody who wants to experience international cinema with us in our second decade.

— from the Dallas Film Society Newsreel

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Black Women’s Month @ SDCC (African Diaspora, Exhibits & Film Festival)


March is Black Women’s Month
at the South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 South Fitzhugh
Dallas TX 75210
Phone: 214.939.2787
African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Sanderia Faye in Coversation with Kiese Laymon

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:30 pm
FreeWordSpace and the South Dallas Cultural Center present the third season of African Diaspora: New Dialogues, a series of free readings and discussions dedicated to bringing Dallas audiences major contributors to the literary life of the African Diaspora.Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016.This event will be hosted by Dallas novelist Sanderia Faye, whose novelMourner’s Bench won the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for debut fiction.

invisible. &
Safe House

Special Black Women’s Month Gallery Exhibitions

Open Reception
Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm

invisible. is a collection of new work by Ciara Elle Bryant that uses the black female body as a site to explore black female identity in popular culture. Invisible. uses mixed media to explore the themes of power, femininity and social objectivity.

Born in Miami Florida, Bryant is a fine art photographer residing in Dallas, Texas where she recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Performance with a concentration in Visual Arts from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Safe House is an exhibit on the African American coding tradition in quilts and the bond of black women in quilting circles. The quilts feature traditional block-quilting, original designs, and fiber art, quilted by hand as well as by machine. Creativity and improvisation are common characteristics of many African American quilts and theses quilts provide us with insight into a rich heritage and history. Quilts featured in the exhibit come from members of the Quilting Sister of Color Quilting Circle.

Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7:00pm – Black Box Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors
Purchase Tickets Here!

Daughters of the Dust: written and directed Juile Dash – At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Talkback led by Angela Ards, Associate Professor of English at Southern Methodist University.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 7:00pm– Black Box Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors
Purchase Tickets Here!

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: written and directed Shola Lynch- Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Talkback lead by Dr. Latrese Adkins Weathersby – Beloved Community Consulting Group.

The Chanelle Pearson Suite – an evening of short films featuring the work of Chanelle Aponte Pearson.

Friday & SaturdayMarch 10-11, 2017 | 7:30pm– Studio Theater
$10.00 General Admission
$5.00 Students/Seniors

Purchase Tickets Here!


So Young So Pretty So White, produced & co-directed by Chanelle Pearson, is a segment from a feature-length documentary that is currently in development the addresses the global practice of skin bleaching.

Chef Gaby: decolonizing the kitchen, produced and directed by Chanelle Person, is a short documentary about Gabriela Alvarez, a chef, healer, and activist living and working in Brooklyn.

Worry No. 473 of 1000 Worries that a Black Person Should Not Have to Worry About, produced by Chanelle Pearson is a short film made in collaboration with Blackout for Human Rights.

Something to Believe, produced by Chanelle Pearson, is a film that addresses the detachment we all battle, when faced with the world’s overwhelming issues.

Frenel, produced by Chanelle Pearson, highlights the life and work of a Brooklyn-based milliner.

195 Lewis pilot episode, written, produced and directed by Chanelle Pearson, is your introduction to a group of friends navigating the realities of being Black, queer, and polyamorous in Brooklyn, New York.

Ryann Holmes: the work is waking up, produced and directed by Chanelle Pearson, is a short documentary about Ryann Holmes, a community organizer and co-founder of bklyn boihood, a collective of Black and Brown women and transmen working towards reframing and redefining masculinity.

*Chanelle Person and Ryann Holmes will be in attendance

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33rd Annual KidFilm happening this Weekend, Entire Program FREE


The USA Film Festival announces SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

for the 33rd Annual KidFilm® Festival

January 21-22, 2017

DALLAS – The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the 33rd Annual KidFilm® Festival/Presented by the USA Film Festival Dallas taking place Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas.  All programs will be presented FREE to the community.

KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults.  KidFilm is an annual outreach program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts.

This year, the Festival pays tribute to favorite children’s book authors and illustrators, celebrates diversity and tolerance, classic tales and films, magical journeys, and salutes environmental awareness with a program featuring live-action and animation, short films and feature-length works in a program for audiences of any age.

Honorary Co-Chairs for KidFilm are USA Film Festival Board of Directors members Kristin Carter Schor, Gail Terrell, David Dummer and Board President Laura Williamson.  “We are so pleased to be able to offer this year’s program as a free-admission event thanks to support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and from the Festival’s Sponsors,” said Laura Williamson. “We are particularly pleased that so many of the films we are presenting this year feature themes of self-empowerment, education and appreciating differences in others,” said Williamson, “timely and important messages for children of all ages.”

KidFilm artwork 2017

Highlights of this year’s program include:

MEET THE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS!  Screenings and read-alongs with all guests — kids can receive a FREE book to have signed!

A Salute to author and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.  The program will include a screening of Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, his collaboration with Eric Litwin, followed by a reading and sing-a-long.  Free copies of “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last).  After the on-screen program and reading, Tom will sign books for the kids.

A Salute to author Anna Kang and illustrator Christopher Weyant.  The program will include a screening of You Are (Not) Small, followed by a reading of their new book “Can I Tell You a Secret?”  Free copies of “Can I Tell You a Secret?” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last).  After the on-screen program and reading, Anna and Chris will sign books for the kids.

A Salute to author Beth Ferry.  The program will include a screening of Stick and Stone, followed by a reading of her new book “Land Shark.”  Free copies of “Land Shark” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last).  After the on-screen program and reading, Beth will sign books for the kids.

Free healthy snacks for all kids will be provided at the authors program by KidFilm Sponsor Whole Foods Market.

NEW ANIMATED FEATURE FILMS to be presented include The Mice War (U.S.), Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon(Russia), The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice (Russia); Sheep & Wolves (Russia); and Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom (Canada). 

NEW LIVE-ACTION FEATURE FILMS include My Friend Raffi (Germany), Fiddlesticks (Germany) and a special 35mmKidFilm Classics presentation of Benji (1974) (U.S.), as we revisit the beloved pooch who starred in five feature films just before he gets a remake by original writer/director Joe Camp’s son, Brandon Camp.

In addition to SHORT FILM PRESENTATIONS of beloved children books adapted for the screen, an additional twenty-two short live-action and animated films from around the world will be presented this year.

A full schedule of KidFilm programs may be viewed on the USA Film Festival’s website at www.usafilmfestival.com beginning 1/5/17.  Printed KidFilm flyers may also be picked up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas beginning January 11th.


Ticket & Location Information:

Tickets for all shows are FREE for children & adults!

Programs are free but you must have a ticket for admission; Tickets and seating are limited.

Tickets for all shows are available day of show only, beginning one hour before each showtime.

For additional information, please call the USA Film Festival at 214-821-FILM (3456) or visit www.usafilmfestival.com

During KidFilm, please inquire in person at the KidFilm Information Desk at the theater.

All programs will take place at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas.

KidFilm is a program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas.



KidFilm programs for the public and the Dallas Independent School District are made possible at no admission cost thanks to special support from Sponsors — Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Foundation, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Sidley Austin LLP, Whole Foods Market, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Mary Fox, CASHSTORE.COM, Gaedeke Group, Headington Companies, Dallas Film Commission, Suddenlink Communications, Jackson Walker, L.L.P. and the Angelika Film Center.

The USA Film Festival is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


The 2017 KidFilm program is dedicated to educator and Weston Woods Studios founder Mort Schindel. One of the USA Film Festival’s National Advisory Committee Members, Mort Schindel passed away at 98 years of age this past summer leaving an incredible legacy to the world of children’s literature, media, literacy and learning.  Schindel created his company Weston Woods Studios in 1953 with the sole focus of bringing children’s literature to life on screen through iconographic animation (a technique he invented), making the content more exciting and accessible, encouraging millions of young readers.  Since then, the company has produced more than 350 motion pictures and 450 recordings — always honoring Schindel’s mission that “A film should bring kids back to the book.”


KidFilm Guest Bios

Tom Lichtenheld doodled his way through school then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and art director.  After a long career in advertising he accidentally (on-purpose) switched to creating children’s books.  His work is noted for its humor, expressive characters and rich detail.  He creates books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his portfolio of over twenty books offers something for every age.   A number of his books, including Stick and Stone, created with Beth Ferry, and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, created with Sherri Duskey Rinker, have been New York Times Bestsellers.

Anna Kang was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island where she spent most of her free time reading Teen Beat magazine, Archie comics, and watching movies at the local multiplex.  She studied International Relations and Asian Studies at Tufts University and Nanzan University in Japan, then followed her heart and moved to Los Angeles, where she received an M.F.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and discovered what made her happy — telling stories.  After graduating, Anna was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab and Film Independent’s Directors Lab with her first feature script, The Lost Tribe of Long Island.  All of her experiences – personal, professional, and creative – led her to write her debut picture book, You Are (Not) Small.  Being able to create it with her talented illustrator-husband, Christopher Weyant, made the journey all the more rewarding for Anna.  Since creating their first book together, the duo has gone on to create two additional books thus far: Can I Tell You A Secret? and That Is (Not) Mine.

Christopher Weyant is a native of New Jersey and product of twelve years of Catholic School.  Both experiences led to a life of humor and satire.  A cartoonist for The New Yorker, Chris’ work has been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books and online, and he has worked on numerous national advertising campaigns.  His cartoons are in permanent collection at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.  In 2014, the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard selected Weyant to be a Nieman Fellow, the second cartoonist to receive that honor in Nieman Foundation’s seventy-five year history.  Chris’ work has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Meet The Press,” “ABC News With Diane Sawyer” “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox.   He is the winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for his first illustrated children’s book, You Are (Not) Small.  Chris graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics planning on a career as a lawyer.  He gave it all up for a pen and a brush, and now lives outside New York City with his wife, Anna, and their two daughters.

Beth Ferry grew up by the beach where she spent most of the day reading.  Her favorite childhood memories involve sun, salt, sand, and scribbling stories.  She adores alliteration and the magic of rhyme done right.  Her favorite word is anticipation and she loves the feeling of holding a book in her hand because she knows, through personal experience, that the book is holding her hand right back!  Holding her own book, and having that dream come true, has been a feeling beyond compare for Beth.  So far, she has written three children’s books:  Stick and Stone, Land Shark, andPirate’s Perfect Pet.  Beth currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, three children and two bulldogs.

About KidFilmÒ DISD Outreach Programs

In addition to the KidFilm public weekend, special outreach programs are presented for thousands of Dallas Independent School District students (grades K–5) and educators.  Students attend programs selected especially for them.  Many of the films presented are book‑based and designed to be curriculum-interactive including relevant topics and issues (cultural awareness and diversity, compassion and tolerance, history, math, geography, the importance of education and reading, etc.)


About the USA Film Festival

Now celebrating its 47th year, the USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the film and video arts.  The Festival’s year-round programs and events include KidFilm, special monthly programs and premieres, TexFest, and the USA Film Festival held each spring.  The USA Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. More information about the Festival is available online at www.usafilmfestival.com.

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Art in Motion 2 Minute Film Festival call for entries


Celebration of the Arts – Fort Worth: Art in Motion 2 Minute Film Festival
Deadline: January 4, 2017
ART IN MOTION –  2-minute art films will continuously screen throughout the  evening of Celebration of the Arts, a fundraiser for the Fort Worth Community Arts Center on February 25, 2016. This film category is open to any form of short film as long as the running time is 2 minutes or less. Films could be classified as art, experimental, narrative, animation, music video or documentary. Co-presented and curated by the Fort Worth Community Arts Center & the Lone Star Film Festival.
Some of the top picks will be highlighted in the 2017 Lone Star Film Festival! Jurors TBA. 

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Arlington to host inaugural Frame4Frame Festival Sept. 15-18

Frame4Frame promises to entertain, unite and foster greater appreciation for diversity by showcasing some of the Arlington area’s best in film, art and music. The inaugural festival runs Sept. 15-18.   http://frame4frame.org/
ARLINGTON – Dedicated to raising cultural awareness and appreciation for the diverse creative population in the Arlington area, the inaugural Frame4Frame Festival is set for Thursday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 18. The festival will feature film, art and music at various locations in Arlington.
Sponsored by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council (ACTC), the Arlington Film Society and the Arlington Museum of Art, the event is a first for the city. Festivities kick off with a host reception for filmmakers and film buffs at 7 p.m. at J. Gilligan’s, 400 E. Abram St. 
“It’s our way of supporting independent film and the outstanding filmmakers who come out of Arlington,” said James Hawthorne, festival director and organizer. “Arlington has a vibrant film community that includes individuals recognized by their peers as award winners and industry leaders.
“In addition to celebrating our outstanding film community, participants will be treated to a dozen of live music performances and an award-winning art exhibit. This will be a unique experience for the Arlington.”
The film portion will be at Studio Movie Grill in Arlington Highlands, 225 Merchants Row. Films kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, with a collection of short films and the red-carpet film A MAN CALLED JON by M. Legend Brown and featuring actress Irma P. Hall.
“More than 20 films from Arlington filmmakers and others from as far away as Switzerland will be screened,” Hawthorne said.
Additionally, music and art offerings include:
·      Twelve bands performing – Music starts at noon on Sept. 15 at South Street Patio, 400 E. South Street. Musical acts will include Jeffrey Austin, a former contestant, on NBC’s “The Voice” and jazz great Adonis Rose.
·      One art show – “Ulterior Motifs” will be on display at Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.
Go to www.frame4frame.org for the full festival lineup. Festival passes are $60-$100 with discounts offered to students and members of the sponsor organizations.
and Material Links
Friday, Sept. 16        
7:00 p.m. 
Short Film Series
REMEMBERING #28            by Jared Christopher                   Arlington
On the one-year anniversary of his murder, friends, teachers and coaches remember Carl Wilson the Arlington Martin student and football player who touched so many.
THE BOX                     by Hugo Matz                                 Dallas
A man lives in denial about the tragic events that happened to his family. He finally comes to terms with his grim reality due to a simple delivery package: the box.
ONE FOR THE ROAD  by Danielle Wheeler/Mark Blitch         Fort Worth
A bickering brother and sister hit the road to reconnect after drifting apart over the years.
8:00 p.m.
Feature Narrative
A MAN CALLED JON    by M. Legend Brown                        Dallas
A MAN CALLED JON is a light-hearted dramedy about Pastor Jon Terrell Carson’s unusual style of worship.  Jon’s church is very traditional and is not accustomed to outbursts during the service.
Saturday, Sept. 17
1:00 p.m.
Short Films – Family 
PRIYANATH                 by Anietie Antia-Obong       Irving
Six-year-old Priyanath imagines himself to be a superhero taking down imaginary villains with his extraordinary powers. But when he learns of a real danger near his home, Priyanath must decide if he’s actually got what it takes to be a real-life superhero.
LITTLE SOCRATES                   by Jean-Patrick Mahoney          Arlington
LITTLE SOCRATES follows a 13-year-old boy as he gets a visit from his estranged father Robbie, as he is about to star in a school play about the death of Socrates. As the day unfolds, Jake begins to shed his idealized notions about his father and see him for the immature, damaged individual that he really is.
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE             by bellopropello    Zurich, Switzerland
Plants are growing in paradise; one of them nicer, more beautiful and taller than all the others, which provokes a disciplinary action. Against all odds, there are consequences even in paradise.
MICAH’S MOMENT  by Jared Christopher                   Arlington
Micah Willis finally got a chance to carry the ball in a big game, at the home of his beloved Dallas Cowboys. What happened next inspired cheers, tears and a memory that will last a lifetime.
2:00 p.m.
Feature Documentary
LUTAH: A PASSION OF ARCHITECTURE        by Melinda Gandara                    Goleta, California
LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.
3:05 p.m.
Short Films – Mixed
CRICKET                                  by Cydney Cox                   Arlington
A malicious cricket interrupts a man desperate for a quick, peaceful shower.
BABA YAGA              by Cydney Cox                   Arlington
A desperate father makes an unimaginable sacrifice in order to save his dying daughter.
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER        by Adam Karlson   Arlington
Two teenagers try to bury a body hours before prom, all while quoting Bob Dylan’s ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER.
UNDERGROUND                      by Joshua Gallas               Arlington
When two men from different cultures, beliefs and languages are captured and thrown into an underground cell, they must learn how to live with each other in order to survive.
THE CLOWN                by Ana Smith                      Grapevine
A man who is becoming a successful businessman believes that it is better for him to abandon his pregnant girlfriend who gives birth to his only son in order to achieve his big career dream.  Will that decision cost him later?
4:15 p.m.
Short Films – Mixed
LONGINUS                   by Grant Aymond/Matthew Merkl                  Dallas
LONGINUS is a story of a young man, who faces the collision between the sacred and profane, caught in the gradient between good and evil. Startled by a voice in the wilderness, he finds himself tugged between the chaos of the natural world and the order of sacred tradition.
THE GABRIELLA ORDER          by Robert Bell                                 Dallas
A lonely man gets more than he bargained for when he calls a random number in order to meet a beautiful stranger for the night.
BALL IS LIFE                 by Terry Bluez                      Arlington
BALL IS LIFE is the story of a young female basketball star on the verge of earning a Division I scholarship under the intense coaching of her overbearing father. But when her hoop dreams are jeopardized by an unplanned pregnancy, she must decide which is more important, Ball or Life?
WHEN DAMON MET ANGIE           by Hugo Matz                     Dallas
After a long night of drinking and partying, David and Jessica spend the night together, but problems arise when Damon (David’s personal demon) meets Angie (Jessica’s guardian angel).
MINOR SETBACK                               by Augustine Frizzell                     Dallas
High school dropouts and BFFs, Jessie and Angela come up with a brilliant excuse to skip out on work so they can spend a day at the beach. Laying in the sand, smokin’ fatties and eating donuts is so close they can almost taste it… until something unexpected goes down.
MOUSSE                     by John Hellberg               Stockholm, Sweden
What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
Interesting Tidbit: The director is from Stockholm, Sweden.
6:20 p.m.
Feature Narrative
TRIPPIN’ TO THE ALTAR                      by David Reyes                  Austin
A couple hires a team of wannabe filmmakers to follow them during their engagement in this dramatic comedy. 
8:15 p.m.
Feature Narrative
DISASSOCIATIONVILLE           by James Christopher                  Austin, Texas
Chris, lost in his late twenties and scrambling to find a sense of identity, returns home to small-town Texas when he learns that his mother died. As he confronts the family, friends, life and love he abandoned, Chris must finally come to terms with his decision to run and try to take control of his own future.
Sunday, Sept. 18
4:00 p.m.
Feature Documentary
DADDY DON’T GO    by Emily Abt                                                            Brooklyn, New York
DADDY DON’T GO explores the crisis of fatherlessness in America by capturing two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them. And the odds are real – men living in poverty are more than twice as likely to become absent fathers than their middle-class peers (U.S. Census Bureau). DADDY DON’T GO illuminates the hardships that impoverished fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who are unwavering in their commitment to parenthood despite those challenges.
The film is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers. This intimate, verité film pays homage to every man who negates the “deadbeat dad” stereotype with a deep love for his children. By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the daily lives of its subjects, DADDY DON’T GO will remove the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and offer audiences a new image of the American family.
Interesting Tidbit: Actors Omar Epps and Malik Yoba are executive producers on this project. 
Main Sponsors: 
Arlington Cultural and Tourism Council
Arlington Museum of Art
Arlington Film Society
–press release http://frame4frame.org/

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Women Texas Film Festival runs Aug. 19-21


The inaugural Women Texas Film Festival kicks off on August 19 and runs through August 21 at the Texas Theatre. http://womentxff.org/

WTxFF features films that showcase the range and depth of female driven visual stories. Established and emerging female filmmakers will show that girls aren’t just made of sugar and spice. They’ve got some grit and gasoline, too.
WTxFF screens qualified films that have women in at least one key creative role: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer.
— from the Dallas Film Society newsreel

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African Film Festival July 1 – 3


The African Film Festival – TAFF is a platform for hardworking African independent filmmakers to showcase their films, with an opportunity for feedback by colleagues and industry professionals. TAFF will strive to create an avenue for equal distribution of African films on a global scale.The festival is an annual event, to take place in July 1-3 2016 in Dallas, Texas USA. For the schedule, see http://www.theafricanfilmfestival.org/Festival/Schedule#TAFF


Texas Theater – July 1-2
231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

Cadillac Dreams Studios – July 2
13331 Preston Rd #1134, Dallas, TX 75240

Pan-African Connection – July 2
4466 S Marsalis Ave, Dallas, TX 75216


Dallas City Performance Hall
2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201



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Oak Cliff Film Festival June 16 – 19, 2016


The 5th Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival (OCFF) will take place June 16-19, 2016 at the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, and numerous other venues around Jefferson Boulevard and the Bishop Arts District.



For the schedule and to buy tickets see http://www.prekindle.com/festival/id/24390158211445252

The 2016 festival theme is inspired by the New Hollywood era in which a wave of auteur filmmakers were given the freedom to tell the stories they wanted to tell. These directors broke through the established conventions of the studio system and slapped it with a jolt of energy, sexuality, realism, and artistry that it had desperately needed. These films built new paradigms and communities and utilized new technologies that made production accessible for more filmmakers.

The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2012 as a regional film festival in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The festival has received national acclaim from prominent sources including The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine. Led by the Aviation Cinemas team, who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December of 2010, and backed by the 501 3(c) Oak Cliff Foundation.


–from the website http://oakclifffilmfestival.com/

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Black Women’s Film Festival May 13 & 14 at the SDCC



The Black Women’s Film Festival This year we will screen a variety of short films curated by the New York based, New Negress Film Society. Each film will be produced by an emerging black woman filmmaker and will feature some unique genres and perspectives. There will be a talkback session with the visiting filmmakers after the closing credits.

May 13th & 14th @ 8:00 pm – Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the box office. The line-up includes:

Afronauts Directed by Frances Bodomo – 16th July 1969: America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a ragtag group of Zambian exiles is trying to beat America to the Moon.

Seventh Grade Directed by Stefani Saintonge -Everyone is growing up except Patrice. But when a raunchy rumor threatens her best friend’s reputation, she’s forced to join the party and embrace adolescence.

Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO – Directed by Ja’Tovia Gary – Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes Da Killa is a 22 year old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man he is not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.

Pain Revisited Directed by Dyani Douze and Nontsikelelo Mutiti – This audiovisual project re-imagines the black body in pain as an agent of potentiality through art and collaboration.

South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue Dallas TX 75210
*New Hours: Tues. Thurs. Fri.- 1-9 pm; Wed & Sat. 9-5 pm.

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46th Annual USA Film Festival April 20 – 24, 2016


The USA Film Festival announces SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

46th Annual USA Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2016


46th USA Film Festival Flyer 2016

46th USA Film Festival Schedule of Events full schedule

DALLAS – The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the 46th Annual USA Film Festival, April 20 – 24, 2016.  All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.  Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning April 8, 2016.


This year’s program highlights (in-person guests) include:

– Salute to actor Alfred Molina with screening of Ira Sachs’ new film Little Men (The feature film will be preceded by a film clip compilation saluting Alfred Molina)
– Salute to writer/director Ira Sachs with screening of his new film Little Men
– Salute to the legendary photojournalist Harry Benson with screening of the new documentary film Harry Benson: Shoot First; The program will be hosted by actor (and USAFF Advisory Board member) Peri Gilpin; Harry Benson and filmmakers Matthew Miele and Justin Bare in attendance
– Salute to writer/director Whit Stillman (in attendance) with screening of his new film Love & Friendship
– Salute to country music superstar Charley Pride with screening of the new documentary film Country: Portraits of an American Sound; Charley Pride and writer/director Steven Kochones in attendance
– Salute to actor Bruce Davison with screenings of the new short film Extra School and new feature film Displacement (The feature film will be preceded by a film clip compilation saluting Bruce Davison)
– Dallas-born actor Courtney Hope (the Divergent series) returns to her hometown with a screening of the new feature thriller in which she stars, Displacement, (also with Bruce Davison); writer/director Kenneth Mader also in attendance
– Special repertory screening of The Diary of Anne Frank with star Millie Perkins in attendance
– Screening of the fascinating new documentary The Witness (a re-examination of the murder of Kitty Genovese) with writer/director James Solomon and writer Bill Genovese in attendance
– Screening debut of the Dallas-based documentary film Taking Back Oak Lawn with director Steven Pomerantz and other guests in attendance
– Actor Linda Gray (starring in the short film Wally’s Will) will host a program of new short films with filmmakers in attendance including Bruce Davison (Extra School) and Kelly Lynch (Madame Psychosis Holds a Séance, written, directed and art-designed by Dallas-born artist/painter Rosson Crow, also in attendance)
– Awards program for the 38th Annual International Short Film Competition; The 2016 National Jury includes writer/directorJohn Putch, actor/writer/director Christina Beck, actor/writer/producer Paul Marcarelli, actor/writer/director/producer Karen Young, and writer/director/producer/animator Jorge Gutierrez
– Several programs of short films and filmmakers will be presented during the program (Narrative, Nonfiction, Student, Animation) as Free-admission events
Opening Night chef’s dinner at Salum Restaurant hosted by Chef Abraham Salum with visiting Chef Vivian Howard from PBS’s A Chef’s Life and Master Sommelier Michael Flynn; Broadcasting legend (NBC5) and long-time USAFF friend Bobbie Wygant will serve as Honorary Chairman for the fundraiser and will be in attendance.

[A full schedule of films is listed in the attached program flyer.  Another 60+ filmmaker guests will be in attendance.) 46th USA Film Festival Schedule of Events full schedule

Guest moderators for this year’s program include:

– Actor (and USAFF Advisory Board Member) Linda Gray will host the SHOWCASE SHORTS program on Saturday, April 23rd
– Actor Peri Gilpin will host the Salute to Harry Benson on Saturday April 23rd
– Professor of cinema/film writer Foster Hirsch will host the screening of The Diary of Anne Frank with special guest actor Millie Perkins

DEDICATION — This year’s program is dedicated to long-time friends and filmmakers Tom Bywaters, Philip Wuntch, Richard Glatzer and Bud Yorkin.


Tickets for most programs are $10.
There are also several FREE-admission shows noted in the schedule.

On Sale April 8th
Advance tickets will be available via TICKETMASTER beginning April 8th
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 or may be viewed online at www.usafilmfestival.com

Printed schedules are also available for pick up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.OFFICIAL SPONSORS
Sponsors of the 46th 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, Suddenlink Communications, Dallas Film Commission, B2B Wireless, Sidley Austin LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, Texas Film Commission, Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals, B2B Wireless, DISH Network, SAG-AFTRA, Alford Media Services, MPS Studios, Angelika Film Center and Ticketmaster.  The USA Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

A year-round film festival featuring 50 days of programs
The USA Film Festival is a 46-year-old Dallas-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts.  Year-round events include the annual KidFilm®Festival, a 38-year-old International Short Film Competition; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each Spring.  Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to bring together audiences and filmmakers for a “live cinema” experience.


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2016 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) April 14 -24

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The Dallas Film Society announces the full schedule for the 10th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival (April 14-24)

Academy Award-nominated DP Ed Lachman will receive the Dallas Star Award, and legendary director Monte Hellman will receive the first L.M. “Kit” Carson Maverick Award

USA Network’s Queen of the South debuts first episode on the big screen as Centerpiece presentation

Nine world premieres include Shaun M. Colón’s A FAT WRECK, Alix Blair and Jeremy M. Lange’s FARMER/VETERAN, Ben Caird’s HALFWAY, Ciaran Creagh’s IN VIEW, Jeff Barry’s OCCUPY, TEXAS, Willie Baronet and Tim Chumley’s SIGNS OF HUMANITY, Jenna Jackson and Anthony Jackson’s UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, and the next episode in Randal Kleiser’s VR series, Defrost


–from the website http://www.dallasfilmcommission.com/

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African American Short Film Festival call for entries

irvingblackartscouncil_logoThe Irving Black Arts Council announces a call for the African American Short Film Festival to be held on June 25, 2016 at the Irving Arts Center. Deadline to enter is April 8. Questions, contact irvingblackartscouncil1@yahoo.com.  http://www.irvingblackarts.com/

For details of the announcement see http://irvingblog.dallasnews.com/files/2016/02/black-arts1.jpg.


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USA Film Festival present KidFilm 2016 Jan. 23-24

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The USA Film Festival announces SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for the 32nd Annual KidFilm® Festival January 23-24, 2016

The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the 32nd annual KidFilm® Festival taking place Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas.

All programs will be presented FREE to the community. KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults.


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Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) 2016 call for entries!


The 10th-annual Dallas International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2016 event, which runs April 14 to 24.

2016 Festival Submission Deadlines are as follows (*all dates are POSTMARK deadlines):

Early: Friday, October 16, 2015
Regular: Friday, December 4, 2015

Late: Friday, December 11, 2015

During the past nine years, the Festival has featured the finest in U.S. and international cinema, including 1,687 films representing more than 50 countries, and has presented more than $740,000 in awards.

This year, filmmakers can submit via either Film Freeway or Withoutabox.



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2015 Lone Star Film Festival opens Nov. 5th at Sundance Square


Nov. 5 – 8, 2015

The 2015 Lone Star Film Festival opens November 5th in Sundance Square http://www.lonestarfilmfestival.com/

It is film festival season once again in Fort Worth and the Lone Star Film Festival is primed and ready to launch.  Have you purchased your all-access badge yet? It’s the best way to fest: [CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ALL-ACCESS BADGES]

All-Access Badge holders will enjoy priority access into all film screenings and admittance to:

Lone Star Film Society http://lonestarfilmsociety.com/

209 W. 2nd Street, Suite 284

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

There is something for everyone at this years’s film festival: [FULL SCHEDULE OF SCREENINGS AND EVENTS]

Below you’ll find some screening suggestions.  We hope to see you at the film festival.  For a listing of all ticket options: [CLICK HERE TO BUY INDIVIDUAL TICKETS]

Closing Night Film: ANOMALISA directed by Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman
Individual Ticket
CAROL starring Cate Blanchet, Rooney Mara
Individual Ticket
Opening Night Film: WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN Christopher Walken, Amber Heard
Individual Ticket

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2015 Stars & Stripes Film Festival Nov. 12 – 15


Mark your calendars now for the second-annual Stars & Stripes Film Festival
benefitting Sons of the Flag and burn survivors everywhere.

Nov. 12-15, 2015 at the Angelika Film Center, Dallas.

The Stars & Stripes Film Festival features four days of inspiring films and appearances from special guests like Gen. Tommy Franks, the original Windtalkers and others. Proceeds benefit Sons of the Flag, a resource for military and first-responder burn survivors.

The Stars & Stripes Film Festival has several sponsorship options for both businesses and individuals.

Festival sponsors receive a variety of benefits including, but not limited to, festival passes, access to special events, and recognition in printed materials and signage.

For more information see http://www.sonsoftheflag.org/2015-stars-stripes-film-festival/

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2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival June 11 – 14


The Oak Cliff Film Festival ramps up on June 11 and runs through the 14th.

This year, the festival highlights No Wave Cinema with a Nick Zedd retrospective, filmmaking workshops for 8mm and 16mm, and a special show by The Sonics. Tickets and passes are now on sale for screenings and events happening across OC.

The fourth annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place at the historic Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts Theater, and other venues in North Oak Cliff, June 11-14, 2015.

About: http://oakclifffilmfestival.com/about/

Locations: http://oakclifffilmfestival.com/locations/

Check out the full film guide and schedule to plan your fest!

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Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) April 9 – 19

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follow #DIFF2015 online

diff2015            We know that you can’t make it to every film on your list, every red carpet or every Festival event – so we do it for you at DallasFilm.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

At DallasFilm.org, you’ll find interviews with DIFF filmmakers shot in the DIFF studios, photo galleries, and DIFF tips and tidbits on the blog.

On our social pages, you’ll find live photos, commentary, videos and more from our events – and not just from us, but from your fellow film lovers, too.

Share your thoughts on the Festival to our official hashtag #DIFF2015 and join the excitement!

check out the DIFF festival guide


Get ready for the biggest movie event of the year! We’ve released our full slate of films, and you can see them all on our online Festival Guide.

With more than 165 films from 32 countries, we don’t have the space to mention them all here. But we’re confident that you will find many movies to love and explore amongst our narrative features, documentaries and short films.

We can’t resist passing along a few highlights though:

The German Spotlight, which puts a spotlight on classic and new films from that country’s talented filmmakers

Free Panel Discussions and Featured Q&As that cover filmmaking topics and celebrate DIFF filmmakers.

Free screenings of classics like RAGING BULL, and family-friendly films like PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE,

Gala Screenings, Awards Presentations, and, of course, all the films in our competitions and showcases.


DART and DIFF have two great ways for you to get around the Festival this year, and receive discounted tickets.

Ride DART to DIFF for a discount! $2 Ticket Voucher Discount to the DIFF with DART Ticket/Pass. (Must be redeemed at the Main Box Office)

Let D-Link be you ticket to DIFF! D-Link services DIFF activities at the following locations: Arts District, Klyde Warren Park, Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum, Dallas Museum of Art and the Crowe Collection of Asian Art.

DIFF family day at klyde warren park, april 11

With a bit of carnival flair, Family Day includes activities, musicians and performances for filmgoers of all ages. The entirely FREE day of fun kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas and concludes with a free family-friendly outdoor screening.

Between performances young film fans can show off their hula hooping skills, get their faces painted, jump in the bounce house or visit our balloon artist to request their favorite balloon animals. Kids will also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun arts and crafts activities.


2. p.m.
Dallas Zoo 4:30 p.m. Lake Cities Ballet Theatre
3 p.m. Story Time with Ann Marie 5 p.m. Arya Dance Academy
3:30 p.m. FTROOP: Revelation Dance 5:30 p.m. Vocalist Erin Kinsey
4 p.m.
Magic with Shel Higgins
7:30 P.M.
DIFF 2015 Family Day is presented by CBS-11 and TXA-21, with support from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

DIFF 2015 online box office is open

There are multiple ways to purchase tickets and passes to the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival.
Our Prekindle Online Box Office features film trailers, synopses, cast and crew lists, and more. Everything you need to learn about DIFF films and filmmakers is just a click away!
The DIFF Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird Station will open on Thursday, March 26. The Main Box Office handles voucher exchanges, ticket and pass sales and merch sales.
Prekindle Main Box Office
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 100
Mon-Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sun from noon-5 p.m.
If you want to talk it out with somebody, our box office personnel are happy to walk you thought the films and events at DIFF. They can make suggestions that fit your tastes.
Give them a call: 469-828-1719

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DFS Newsreel: First 10 Films at DIFF, John Landis, Thin Line Fest, South Asian Film Festival, and more!

news and events from the dallas film society

Dallas Film Society Members help us fulfill our mission and earn great benefits, such as invites to screenings, special events and vouchers to the Dallas International Film Festival. Help bring great film to Dallas!

DIFF’s first 10 films & john landis star award

We’re excited to reveal the first 10 films for the 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival, and announce that acclaimed director John Landis will be at the Festival for a special screening of THE BLUES BROTHERS and to accept the Dallas Star Award.

DIFF will also host the North American premiere of PLAYING IT COOL, a romantic comedy starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. Making its world premiere at this year’s Festival is the Civil War drama ECHOES OF WAR, starring James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe.

volunteer for DIFF 2015!

The Dallas International Film Festival is seeking volunteers of all kinds! Sign up today to participate in #DIFF2015 and help us put on the best Festival yet!

We’ll have opportunities for volunteers to help us plan the Festival in the months leading up to April, when we’ll bring to Dallas the best films and most innovative filmmakers in all of cinema. During the Festival, we’ll have opportunities to work in every department, from communications to theaters.

thin line fest this week in denton

Denton’s Thin Line Fest runs through Feb. 22 with a fantastic lineup of documentaries, photographs and music.

Tickets and passes to all the festival’s events are available now online, by phone or at box offices at event locations.

dfw south asian film festival starts feb. 27

The inaugural DFW South Asian Film Festival will screen three days of Texas premieres of features, shorts and documentaries that explore issues affecting South Asians living and working in America and abroad.

Screenings take place at the Angelika Film Center in Plano and include the festival’s opening night film, BRAHMIN BULLS, centerpiece screening, SOLD, and closing film, ROUGH BOOK.

‘adele’s wish’ screens at dma’s late nights
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

The Dallas Museum of Art presents a free screening of ADELE’S WISH as part of its Late Nights program at 10:30 p.m. on February 20.

The documentary follows the struggle of 92 year old Los Angeles resident Maria Altmann, who sued Austria to recover five Klimt paintings stolen from her family in Vienna by the Nazi’s in 1938, including the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt, the world’s most valuable painting. Beginning as a legal dispute, it evolved into a political, cultural and ethical confrontation, forcing Austria to re-examine not only its role in Nazi art thefts, but also its anti-Semitic past.

DIFF 2015 passes on sale now!

A pass to the Dallas International Film Festival is the best way to experience the biggest film event of the year in North Texas.

As always, we have an option to suit every film fan, from our all-access Star Pass that includes invitations to DIFF Galas, parties and more, to our screening-focused Film Pass that offers admission to every regular screening in the Festival.

We have discounted passes for students and industry professionals, money-saving festival vouchers, and more.

cinemark classic series sponsored by DFS

The Cinemark Classic Series sponsored by the DFS brings cinema’s most critically acclaimed films back to big screens around DFW. Each week we hope you’ll find a cherished favorite or a film that you’ve always wanted to see, digitally restored, expertly presented and with the full movie-theater experience.

Films in the series are screened at Cinemark’s theaters in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Frisco, Grapevine, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Plano (Plano West and Legacy), and Rockwall.

Sunday screenings at 2 p.m.; Weekday screenings at 2 & 7 p.m.
March 1 & 4: CHARADE
March 15 & 18: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
March 22 & 25: REAR WINDOW
March 29 & April 1: GIGI

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Stars & Stripes Film Festival benefitting Sons of the Flag


Stars & Stripes Film Festival benefitting Sons of the Flag

Days and times –

November 6 – 7 pm – 11 pm

November 7 -12:30 pm -11:30 pm

November 8 – 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

November 9 – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Stars & Stripes Film Festival, being held at Angelika Film Center from November 6th through November 9th, is a rare opportunity to watch movies about the United States Armed Forces and hear real accounts from Medal of Honor veterans who fought in the battles. The festival kicks off on Thursday, November 6th with an opening night reception and screening ofAct of Valor at Angelika Film Center. On Friday, November 7th, and Saturday, November 8th, the festivities continue with five screenings at Angelika Film Center each day. On Sunday, November 9th, Angelika Film Center will bring the festival to an end with their final three film screenings. Question and answer sessions will take place following each screening.

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2014 Dallas International Film Festival April 3 – 13



Presented by the Dallas Film Society

April 3 – 13 – Over 70 films!


Film guide at http://secure.dallasfilm.org/diff2014

FAQ at http://diff2014.dallasfilm.org/fest-info/festival-faq/

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Thin Line Film Festival Feb. 12-16


Walk the Thin Line

It started off as a small project making a music video and ended up an anticipated annual event for the Denton community, but the Thin Line Film Festival isn’t stopping there. The festival is evolving into a complete entertainment experience by expanding beyond only featuring documentary films and wading into music festival territory.

Read full story. http://www.discoverdenton.com/article/walk-thin-line/

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26th Annual Dallas VideoFest Oct. 9-13

VideoFest-26-final-postet_opt (1)For the schedule click here.

We are going to bring back Expanded Cinema, MultipliCity in 2013, as well as the animation workshop. There will also be many new exciting events, so stay tune. VideoFest 26th, October 9th Opening Night at Gilley’s , Oct 10th -13th at the new Alamo Drafthouse DFW. First 10 films have been announced.

Stay connected to Video Association of Dallas and our community through social media. “Like” us on Facebook, follow our Twitter, watch our YouTube videos, and now check out our Tumblr and Pinterest. –from the VideoFest website http://videofest.org/

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Oak Cliff Film Festival June 6-9, 2013


The second annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place at the historic Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts Theater (formerly the Bluebird Theater), and the Belmont Hotel during the week of June 6-9, 2013.

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