Oak Cliff Film Festival 2021 – Opening Night

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Children, the Light is ever closer. May we celebrate and soon feel its joy.

The 10th annual edition of the Oak Cliff Film Festival is here at last! Please join us for tonight’s opening film, SUMMER OF SOUL, at the historic Texas Theatre. And stick around for the AFTER PARTY: an R&B Soul DJ set inside the Texas Theatre auditorium with DJ Jay Clipp.

“Last year, we made the tough choice as an organization to cancel the event we had been planning for 2020. Although there have been many online festivals since then, we’ve been waiting in anticipation of the moment we could have our festival again in-person. Part of the magic of OCFF is bringing people together from our community and beyond to enjoy cinema in each other’s company. We hope that you continue to be a part of that magic.” – Parker May, Oak Cliff Film Festival Programmer
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

SUMMER OF SOUL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It will stream on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s the Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures will release it theatrically.

Zoom Q&A with producers Joseph Patel, David Dinerstein, and Robert Fyvolent will follow the screening. Hosted by Grammy winning musician Shaun Martin.
Experience the Oak Cliff Film Festival with an OCFF 2021 VIP Badge! At $175 each, you’ll gain entry to any of our 22 feature films and all 5 short film blocks; plus music shows and parties for the 4-day festival; includes special access to the VIP Lounge. Individual tickets are available online and at the door for purchase as well.  Each badge and ticket will have a unique barcode our theater attendants will scan at the screening venues.