The Dallas Movie Screening Group

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

THE 2010 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIVE ADDITIONAL DOCS ADDED TO SLATE

TITLES INCLUDE SUNDANCE FAVORITE “CANE TOADS IN 3-D,” AND SXSW HITS “BEAR NATION,” AND “LEMMY”



FESTIVAL ALSO ANNOUNCES AN INCREASED CASH AWARD FOR THE MPS STUDIOS TEXAS COMPETITION WINNER



TXU ENERGY FAST FORWARD VIDEO CONTEST INTRODUCED



AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT FIRST DALLAS FILM SOCIETY HONORS EVENT PRESENTED BY THE GAIL L. & ARTHUR E. BENJAMIN FOUNDATION



DALLAS, TX, March 30, 2010 – DALLAS International Film Festival (April 8 - 18) announced it has added five documentary titles to its schedule of films for 2010. The titles include a crowd pleaser at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, CANE TOADS in 3-D, two popular documentaries from the just concluded South by Southwest Film Festival; BEAR NATION and LEMMY: THE MOVIE, the documentary profile LEARNING FROM LIGHT: THE VISION OF I.M. PEI, and a portrait of opera figure Barbara Smith Conrad, WHEN I RISE.



DALLAS IFF also announced an impressive lineup of awards and awards packages that will be presented at “The Dallas Film Society Honors” presented by the Gail L. & Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation event on Friday, April 16 at Hotel Palomar.



As announced previously, Target will once again present a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize to the winners of the Target Narrative and Target Documentary Feature Competition. The event will also feature the (previously announced) presentations of the DALLAS Star Awards to John Lee Hancock and Wally Pfister.



MPS Studios has also continued their partnership with DALLAS IFF sponsoring the Texas Competition. While the total prize worth remains at $20,000 for that category, the cash prize has been upped to $10,000, equaling the goods and services grant of $10,000.



DALLAS IFF Senior Programmer Sarah Harris said, “While it is an honor and a great moment for a filmmaker to just be singled out by a jury for their work, the prizes that go along with these awards often go a long way toward recouping some of their investment in that film or lend great assistance toward making their next one. Target and MPS Studios have been stalwarts in support of those filmmakers from the very beginning of this film festival.”



For the first time, REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT will give the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Animation an NFR copy of 2010 Autodesk MAYA animation software.



DALLAS International Film Festival’s commitment to advancing awareness of environmental concerns, as well as the promotion of education through film takes another step forward as DALLAS IFF has teamed with TXU Energy on its TXU Energy Fast Forward Video Contest. The statewide contest enlisted Texas students to create films focused on the future of energy efficiency and energy conservation. The student filmmakers are competing for technology grants of up to $7,500 (and totaling $11,500) to be used to purchase and upgrade the film equipment for their schools. The winners will also be invited to DALLAS IFF for a special event and screening of their films.



“The TXU Energy Fast Forward Contest is providing a unique way for the next generation of influential Texans to make a difference by promoting energy efficiency and conservation in a way that is important to them,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for TXU Energy. “This event has an excellent reputation for promoting both education and the environment and we are excited to be a part of it.”



The winners of all the competitions in the 2010 DALLAS International Film Festival will receive MOVIE MAGIC software from Entertainment Partners.





The films added to the 2010 DALLAS IFF slate include:



BEAR NATION

Produced by Kevin Smith & Nhaelan McMilan and directed by Malcolm Ingram, the documentary examines the gay men known as “bears.” Focusing on the large and hairy men that comprise this group, the film explores the sometimes controversial co-existence within the gay community as well as offering a fresh perspective on what it means to be a gay man.



CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST

Directed by Mark Lewis and marking the first time a DALLAS IFF film has been presented in 3-D, the documentary plays as an equal parts comedy and horror film as it illustrates the environmental devastation left in the wake of the toad march across the continent of Australia.



LEARNING FROM LIGHT: THE VISION OF I.M. PEI

Directed by Bo Landin and Sterling Van Wagenen, the documentary follows IM Pei, now in his 90s, as he works to complete the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. The film tells the story of a man who has transformed architecture around the world through his work. The Louvre in Paris, and the introduction of the glass pyramid are just a couple examples of his insightful bravery to cross cultural divides and bridge worlds.



LEMMY

Directed by Wes Orshoski and Greg Oliver, LEMMY is a documentary portrait of heavy metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Featuring appearances by the members of Metallica, Dave Grohl, Billy Bob Thornton and pro wrestler Triple H, the film takes an entertaining and detailed look at Lemmy’s personal and public life.



WHEN I RISE

Directed by Mat Hames, WHEN I RISE tells the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who found herself at the epicenter of a racial controversy and struggled against the odds to ultimately ascend to the heights of the international opera community.



Commenting on the additions to the 2010 lineup, Artistic Director James Faust said, “These five documentaries are exciting additions to an already great lineup of films. Fascinating, to enlightening to out and out crowd pleasers – they run the gamut and we couldn’t be happier to add them to the mix.”



The DALLAS International Film Festival will run April 8 – 18, 2010. Passes and tickets are currently on sale both via online (www.dallasfilm.org ), and at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Window located at 5330 Mockingbird Lane on the Hotel Palomar retail strip facing Mockingbird Lane (214.295.5142).





THE DALLAS FILM SOCIETY

The Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The Dallas Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today's world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual DALLAS International Film Festival, to be held April 8 -18, 2010, is a presentation of The Dallas Film Society. In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, The Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and partnership programs with arts organizations around the city. For more information, visit www.dallasfilm.org


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The Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation The Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization created to assist the building and growth of other foundations through leadership, management, marketing, and public relations. Established by Dallas-area business leader and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, the Foundation’s core focus is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and animals, support young adults through educational efforts, and aid women in breast cancer recovery.

SPONSORS Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Behringer Harvard, Barefoot Wine, Brierley + Partners, Brilliant Magazine, CBS Radio, Central 214, Colibri Promotions, Convergence Network Solutions, D Magazine, DART, Design Expediting Services Inc., Deux, Digital 3 Printing, El Creative, e-Rewards, e-Miles, Faulkner Design Group, Hotel Palomar, Informate DFW Magazine, Match.com, Mockingbird Station, Modern Luxury Dallas, MODIA Home Theater Store, Movie Magic, MPS Studios Dallas, Neiman Marcus, Paul Paredes, Post Asylum, Pure Evil Sound & Music, REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT, The Residences at Palomar, Screen International, Southwest Airlines, Stella Artois, Stoli Vodka, Studio Movie Grill, Target, The Dallas Morning News, Time Warner Cable, The Container Store, TM Advertising, TXU Energy, Univision 23, vitaminwater, West Village, WFAA-TV, Whole Foods Market, World Affairs Council, WRR Classical 101.1 FM.



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Monday, March 29, 2010

TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND ANNOUNCES EXTENDED SLATE FOR 2010 TEXAS FRIGHTMARE FILM FESTIVAL

TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND ANNOUNCES EXTENDED SLATE FOR 2010 TEXAS FRIGHTMARE FILM FESTIVAL



TITLES INCLUDE US PREMIERE OF “2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS,” GEORGE ROMERO’S “SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD,” AND ADAM GREEN’S “FROZEN”


DALLAS, TX, March 29, 2010 – Texas Frightmare Weekend announced it has extended the dates for its companion Texas Frightmare Film Festival this year (April 28 – May 1). Highlights from the lineup include the US Premiere of Tim Sullivan’s 2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS, George Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD and Adam Green’s Sundance hit, FROZEN.

Green’s FROZEN stars Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers and follows the life or death choices a trio of skiers and snowboarders must make when they find themselves abandoned on a ski resort chairlift. The film, which was a surprise hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January will screen at the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00PM.

Romero’s SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD is the 6th film in his vaunted zombie series. The film follows characters from his prior outing DIARY OF THE DEAD and takes them to an island community inhabited by two feuding factions of locals divided not just by their approach to the zombie threat, but to years of family disputes. The film, which adds an unlikely western flavor to Romero’s legendary themes, will screen at the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00PM.

Sullivan’s 2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS follows the mayhem that ensues after the failure of a fresh group of unsuspecting Northerners to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, inspires the residents of Pleasant Valley to take their cannibalistic carnival on the road and head to Iowa where they encounter the cast and crew of a reality show. The film will screen at the Studio Movie Grill in Lewisville on Thursday, April 29 at 9:00PM. Attending the screening will be Sullivan along with cast members Bill Moseley, Christa Campbell, Kevin Ogilvie, Ryan Fleming, Lin Shaye, Katy Johnson, Jordan Yale Levine, Nicole Rae and Kathryn Le.

The screenings will feature red carpet entrances populated by several stars and filmmakers of the films as well as the horror and the genre stars attending Texas Frightmare Weekend.

Screenings on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (4440 W John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, Texas).

Texas Frightmare Film Festival Director Loyd Cryer said, "The film festival component has always been an important part of our convention. After all, we are here to celebrate and highlight the work of horror legends and genre fan favorites, so adding two additional nights of theatrical screenings to see their films was something we always knew we wanted to do. And it’s a thrill, in our fifth year to have grown to that point already."

The Texas Frightmare Film Festival titles include:



BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET

Director: Frank Sabatella

Cast: Nate Dushku, Samantha Facci, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Samantha Jacobs

The film focuses on a group of teenagers celebrating the anniversary of the death of a local axe murderer that suddenly find themselves face to face with the realities of the haunting urban legend.



DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

Director: Frank De Felitta

Cast: Charles Durning, Robert F.Lyons, Lane Smith, Larry Drake

The film tells the story of a retarded man, who after being unjustly accused of attacking a young girl, hides in a cornfield disguised as a scarecrow only to be hunted down and shot. Later, after it is revealed he saved the girl from a vicious dog attack, members of the search posse begin being stalked and killed by a mysterious scarecrow.



THE FINAL

Director: Joey Stewart

Cast: Marc Donato, Jascha Washington, Whitney Hoy, Justin Arnold

The film follows a group of high school outcasts that decide to take revenge on the kids that have tormented them.



FROZEN

Director: Adam Green

Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers

The film follows the life or death choices a trio of skiers and snowboarders must make when they find themselves abandoned on a ski resort chairlift.



LONG PIGS

Directors: Nathan Hynes, Chris Power

Cast: Anthony Alviano, Paul Fowles, Nathan Hynes, Chris Power

The film shows the results after two desperate young filmmakers stumble upon their ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer, who has agreed to let them document every aspect of his horrifically violent life-style.



THE RETELLING

Director: Emily Hagins

Cast: Kristoffer Aaron Morgan, Jessica Wilson, Richard McDermott, Simone Heim

The film is about a young boy and his family that face an unsettling presence at the home of his ailing and blind grandfather. The young boy and his new friend investigate the source and discover a murder from the past that may have finally found its connection to the present.



RODRIGO GUDINO SHORTS

The founder and president of Rue Morgue Magazine presents 3 shorts:



THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW

Director: Rodrigo Gudiño, Vincent Marcone



THE DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE

Director: Rodrigo Gudiño



THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES

Director: Rodrigo Gudiño



SPIRIT CAMP

Director: Kerry Beyer

Cast: Julin, Brandon Smith, Denise Williamson, Roxy Vandiver, Alyssia Dujimovich

The film follows the clash that follows a street smart "goth girl" after she is forced to attend cheerleader camp as part of her rehabilitation from a juvenile correction facility. When members of the spirit squad start turning up dead, the girls must put aside their differences and struggle to survive the murderous rage of a crazed psycho-killer lurking among them.



SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

Director: George A. Romero

Cast: Richard Fitzpatrick, Athena Karkanis, Heather Allin, Kenneth Welsh, Alan Van Sprang

The film follows characters from his prior outing DIARY OF THE DEAD and takes them to an island community inhabited by two feuding factions of locals divided not just by their approach to the zombie threat, but to years of family disputes.



SWEATSHOP

Director: Stacy Davidson

Cast: Ashley Kay, Peyton Wetzel, Brent Himes, Melanie Donihoo

The film focuses on a young woman and her friends break into an abandoned warehouse and begin setting up an impromptu party. Unbeknownst to them, something lurks in this dark place...and they are about to pay for their mistake.



TEXAS FRIGHTMARE MASSACRE

Director: Joe Francis

Cast: Joe Francis, Parrish Randall, Tristan Lavelle David Ayers

The film is a horror comedy about a nerd that goes to Texas Frightmare Weekend with his stepsister and her boyfriend. Upon realizing that they are not his friends and that he can’t rely on his movie heroes, he goes on a murderous rampage.



2001 MANIACS: FIELD OF SCREAMS

Director: Tim Sullivan

Cast: Bill Moseley, Christa Campbell, Kevin Ogilvie, Ryan Fleming and Lin Shaye

Mayhem ensues after the failure of a fresh group of unsuspecting Northerners to show up for their annual Guts N' Glory Jamboree, inspires the residents of Pleasant Valley to take their cannibalistic carnival on the road and head to Iowa where they encounter the cast and crew of the reality show.



Texas Frightmare Weekend will feature appearances by John Carpenter, George Romero, Lance Henriksen, Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, William Katt, Margot Kidder, Derek Mears, Julian Sands and over forty genre icons.

Highlights will include a CHRISTINE reunion with stars Keith Gordon, Alexandra Paul and John Stockwell. Also, one of the final 2 remaining 1958 Plymouth Fury cars used to film the movie will be at the show for fans to see.

Premiere Props will also auction over 500 props and collectibles from films like RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, BOOK OF ELI, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CHRISTINE, PIRANHA 3-D, BEASTLY, LETTERS TO JULIET, TAKERS and EASY-A. Additional props and fright fare will be announced courtesy of top genre studios and production companies like Lionsgate, Ghost House Pictures, Sony, Screen Gems.

Texas Frightmare Weekend will also feature the 3rd Annual Zombie Walk sponsored by Moxley Manor as well as the 3rd Annual Hearse and Shock Rod Show.



The Texas Frightmare Film Festival and Texas Frightmare Weekend will run April 28 – May 1, 2010. Passes and tickets are currently on sale online at www.TexasFrightmareWeekend.com.



TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND

Texas Frightmare Weekend presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment in association with Rue Morgue Magazine is a three day horror convention that takes place annually in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Since its inaugural event in February 2006 Texas Frightmare Weekend has hosted appearances by horror icons George A. Romero, Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and more. True to its motto, “The Southwest’s Premier Horror Convention”, their goal is to provide fans with an unrivaled experience by celebrating all aspects of genre film making. Texas Frightmare Weekend hosts celebrity appearances, autograph signings, screenings, exclusive parties and horror memorabilia vendors from all over the country. The event is also extremely proud to have featured the rising talents of many Texas “Frightmakers” in screenings, panel discussions and Q & A’s. For more information on the event, please visit www.TexasFrightmareWeekend.com.






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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/28 - 4/3

Only 2 more weeks until the Dallas International Film Festival! If you haven't enjoyed this event before, I highly encourage you to attend and support the Dallas Film Society. If you join the Film Society you will not only be give vouchers and you will get invites the rest of the membership year to their screenings. The next volunteer meeting is next Tuesday at the Studio Movie Grill Dallas. We movie list people have lots of movie line experience and this is a good way to give back and reap the benefits of getting vouchers to see the movies. Check out their website for the list of films and to contact them if you can't make the meeting Tuesday: http://dallasfilm.org/

Love the websites that offer us passes and give us the latest in movie news? Here's a chance to show your love. Nominate them for a Rondo Award! http://www.moviegeekfeed.com/2010/03/moviegeekfeedcom-nominated-for-rondo.html

MODERATOR GRIPE OF THE WEEK: For those who beg for passes...please make sure you have entered all the contests. Please make note of the date in which they will notify you if you do win BEFORE asking for passes. If you think you are going to want more than enough for 2 people. Have people in your party enter on their own. Don't just mooch. It's very uncool. We also don't need your life history or drama: ask, offer, then thank you very much.

PART 2:
Thanks to everyone who shares what they find online for us to enter and pickup passes. If you put the information on the calendar, please fill out all the slots, especially pass source. It's very helpful.

March 28 - April 3, 2010

Sun
3/28

Mon
3/29

Tue
3/30

7:30 pm
Clash of the Titans
Cinemark West,Plano

Wed
3/31

Thu
4/1

1:00 pm
The Joneses
Angelika Dallas

7:00 pm
The Last Picture Show
Angelika Film Center, The Shops at Legacy

Fri
4/2

Sat
4/3


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Monday, March 22, 2010

SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL 2010 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL
2010 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

Austin, Texas – March 22, 2010 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced additional Audience Award-winners today from the Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Lone Star States, 24 Beats Per Second and Midnighters categories.

For the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, 134 feature-length films, including 64 world premieres, were selected from a record 1,572 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,206 U.S. and 366 international feature-length films. 130 shorts were selected from 2,312 short film submissions. The 2010 SXSW Film Festival Awards were hosted by Ovation TV.

Additional 2010 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners:

Feature Film Audience Awards

SPOTLIGHT PREMIERES
Winner: Richard Garriott – Man on a Mission
Director: Mike Woolf

EMERGING VISIONS
Winner: NY Export: Opus Jazz
Director: Henry Joost and Jody Lee Lipes

24 BEATS PER SECOND
Winner: When You’re Strange – a film about the Doors
Director: Tom DiCillo

LONE STAR STATES
Winner: Thunder Soul
Director: Mark Landsman

MIDNIGHTERS
Winner: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Director: Eli Craig




About South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.

Over the first five days, the Film Conference buzzes as world-class speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors tackle the latest filmmaking trends amidst the unmatched social atmosphere of the SXSW experience. Simultaneously, the internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, with a truly diverse program ranging from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. For more information, visit www.sxsw.com/film.

2010 SXSW Festival Sponsors
SXSW Film Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Chevrolet, ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars, AOL, IFC, Monster Energy, Pepsi, SoBe and The Austin Chronicle.




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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/21 - 3/27

Finally back after a week covering the SXSW Film Festival for MovieGeekFeed.com. You can read my coverage at http://www.moviegeekfeed.com/search/label/Features
Thank you for your patience last week due to my lack of computer access. Missed y'all and hope to see you this week.

Don't forget the Dallas International Film Festival is starting April 8. There was a guide in the Sunday Dallas Morning News if you want to check out their list of 170 films they will be presenting. If you volunteer you can earn vouchers to trade for the screenings.

March 21 - 27, 2010

Sun
3/21

Mon
3/22

Tue
3/23

7:00 pm
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

7:00 pm
How to Train Your Dragon
AMC Northpark

7:30 pm
City Island
Angelika Dallas

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Studio Movie Grill Arlington

Wed
3/24

6:00 pm
The Perfect Game
Studio Movie Grill Dallas

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Studio Movie Grill Dallas

Thu
3/25

7:30 pm
The Last Song
AMC NorthPark

7:30 pm
City Island
tba

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
AMC Northpark

Fri
3/26

Sat
3/27

11:00 am
How to Train Your Dragon
Studio Movie Grill


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Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

DALLAS FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES

THE 2010 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA FEATURING MULTIPLE FILMS

UNPRECEDENTED OPENING NIGHT EVENT UTILIZES EVERY SCREEN AT DALLAS’ ANGELIKA FILM CENTER

OPENING NIGHT TITLES INCLUDE “BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK,” “MULTIPLE SARCASMS,” “NOSOTROS LOS POBRES” AND “SKATELAND”

FESTIVAL ALSO ANNOUNCES
DALLAS STAR AWARD RECIPIENTS
AND FESTIVAL LINEUP

DALLAS, TX, March 18, 2010 – DALLAS International Film Festival announced it will take over all eight screens of the Angelika Film Center for a Opening Night Celebration that will showcase multiple films and highlighting the great diversity (narrative, documentary, Texas made, classic Mexican cinema, shorts, etc.) within the program this year. 1,600 Dallas film goers will participate in the festivities and see featured films including BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, MULTIPLE SARCASMS, NOSOTROS LOS POBRES, SKATELAND and a special Shorts block. In addition, the Festival announced a Super Saturday lineup of films packed with four world premieres, including HOLD, SIN ELLA (WITHOUT HER), VIRSA and WE ARE THE SEA.

The 11-day festival (April 8 – 18) will feature 153 feature films and shorts with 170 screenings. For the fourth consecutive year, Target will once again take the lead with the filmmaker awards sponsorship as the Target Narrative and Target Documentary Feature Competition winners will each receive a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize.

DALLAS Film Society Chairman Michael Cain said. “The screening of multiple films on Opening Night is a direct result of listening to the filmmakers and our audience. We closed last year with multiple films and the audience loved the selection and choice. This move enables us to welcome a larger audience and turn the spotlight on more filmmaking teams who now share ownership of the Opening Night of the festival. As founder Liener Temerlin reminds us often, the city has come to expect a world class presentation from this film festival. By taking over the entire Angelika Film Center of Dallas for the screening of multiple visions, we are able to deliver this once again.”

This year, the DALLAS Star Award, presented annually by the DALLAS International Film Festival to film artists in recognition of their unique contributions to cinema, will be given to writer-director Guillermo Arriaga (BABEL, 21 GRAMS), writer-director John Lee Hancock (THE ROOKIE, THE BLIND SIDE), three time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Wally Pfister (BATMAN BEGINS, THE PRESTIGE, THE DARK KNIGHT) and Mexican film Icon Pedro Infante (NOSOTROS LOS POBRES, USTEDES LOS RICOS, PEPE EL TORO) to mark Mexico’s Bicentennial. The stunning awards are designed from Steuben Crystal and are presented courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

Arriaga will be presented his DALLAS Star Award prior to a special “Conversation with…” panel discussion of his career and screening of his film THE BURNING PLAIN, Hancock and Pfister will both receive their DALLAS Star Award prior to the filmmaker awards during The DALLAS Film Society Honors event on Friday, April 16. The DALLAS Star Award will be presented posthumously to INFANTE PRIOR TO THE SCREENING OF NOSOTROS LOS POBRES.

Academy Award winning Writer/Director Pete Docter will be the recipient of the Texas Avery Animation Award presented by REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT, which honors lifetime achievement in animation filmmaking. The award will be presented to Docter prior to a special celebration of his career in animation.

Sponsored by Match.com, the Opening Night Festivities will showcase multiple films including narratives, documentaries and short films on all 8 screens of the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station on Thursday, April 8. An audience of 1,600 Dallas film lovers will gather to enjoy red carpet arrivals, films and an Opening Night Celebration to be held throughout Mockingbird Station.

Special guest Bill Paxton and Honorary Chairs Mayor Tom Leppert and Laura Leppert will walk the red carpet and welcome festival goers to this fourth celebration of the best in cinema.

The Opening Night films include:

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK (representing documentaries)
Directed by Richard Press, the documentary chronicles the life of the legendary, yet enigmatic New York Times photographer. Obsessively interested in one thing – the pictures he takes that document the way people dress – Cunningham lives a monk-like existence, yet has managed to not only chronicle the intersection of fashion and society in New York over fifty years, but has long been held in the highest regard by the upper crust of New York.

MULTIPLE SARCASMS (representing narrative)
Directed by Brooks Branch, the film is a quirky relationship drama about an architect (played by Timothy Hutton), successful and in his 40s, who begins questioning his life choices and starts writing a play based on his life. As the play begins to take shape, his real life begins to unravel. The cast includes Stockard Channing, Dana Delany, Chris Sarandon, Mira Sorvino, and Mario Van Peebles.

NOSOTROS LOS POBRES (WE THE POOR) (representing Mexican cinema)
As part of a nod to the celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial, DALLAS IFF will screen this classic from 1948. Directed by Ismael Rodriguez and starring Pedro Infante, the film is widely considered to be one of the best known and beloved films from Mexico. The film attempts to depict and dignify the lives of the working-class poor in Mexico City with a slice-of-life story involving several characters that live within the same neighborhood.

SKATELAND (representing Texas made cinema)
Directed by Anthony Burns, SKATELAND is a coming-of-age film set in 1983 centering on ‘Ritchie’, a worker at Skateland, the roller rink and local hangout of a small town. With Skateland due to close, the party scene getting stale and his romantic life as cloudy as his future; Ritchie struggles to make sense of it all. When tragedy strikes his friends and family, Ritchie must face the music—and make the biggest decision of his life.

OPENING NIGHT SHORTS SELECTIONS
Another first for the film festival will be a special screening of short films as a salute to the films and filmmakers that will have their films shown at DALLAS IFF. Representing each of the short programs and various styles that will play over the course of the film festival, the films include recent Academy Award winner THE NEW TENANTS, SEEDS OF THE FALL (International), CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT (Student), THE S FROM HELL (Midnight), VOICE ON THE LINE (Experimental), DIG DEEP (Texas), and DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO NO (Animation).

Super Saturday presentations on Saturday, April 10 include:

HOLD – World Premiere
Directed by Frank Mosely, the drama follows the evolution of a young couple's relationship after a home intruder has raped the wife. Displaying the isolation of a couple bound by love, but torn by circumstance, HOLD investigates the frailty of the hero complex and exposes the vulnerability that masculinity sometimes masks too well in the face of tragedy.

THE JONESES
Written and directed by Derrick Borte, the film is a serio-comic social commentary on our consumerist society about the seemingly perfect couple and their gorgeous teen-aged children. The family is the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class. But as the neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the truth about this all-too perfect family. The film stars Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Gary Cole, Lauren Hutton and Amber Heard.

WITHOUT HER (Sin Ella) – World Premiere
Directed by Jorge Colon, WITHOUT HER (Sin Ella) is a drama about a successful reality show producer whose life and relationship with his children is turned upside down following the tragic death of his ex-wife. When she appears in his thoughts to tell him what she would have done in each situation, the two begin to relive their love story.

THUNDER SOUL
A film that was so popular at the just concluded SXSW Film Festival that several pass holders had to be turned away at the door, the film, THUNDER SOUL is a documentary that turns the camera on a reunion of the 1970’s Kashmere High School band and its director, Conrad Johnson, which became an international funk sensation at the time. Directed by Mark Landsman, the film picks things up 30 years later, as his students return to pay tribute to the man who changed their lives.

VIRSA – World Premiere
Directed by Pankaj Batra, this film out of Pakistan focuses on a man’s struggles to cohabitate with two generations of his family while the family itself faces similar difficulties assimilating to their adopted culture.

WAITING FOR FOREVER
Directed by James Keach, this Hollywood-set romance concerns a man and woman working to recapture and recover a love they had put aside when she left her home town to seek a career as a television actress. The film stars Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, Nikki Blonsky and Jaime King.

WE ARE THE SEA – World Premiere
Written and directed by Neil Truglio, this drama focuses on an English teacher drifting though life and trying to make sense of the direction it has taken following his recovery from the near fatal consequences of his actions. Starring Jeff Childress and Allison Savoy, the film features the music of Iron & Wine.

In the Festival’s first year following the conclusion of its contract with AFI, DALLAS IFF has made a concerted effort to reflect the culture of Dallas by emphasizing the independent filmmakers, local area filmmakers and Latin and Mexican films within the strongly populist programming philosophy extolled by Artistic Director James Faust, Senior Programmer Sarah Harris and Festival Chairman Michael Cain.

While DALLAS IFF will continue to enjoy the spectacle of the celebrity populated red carpets it has become known for over the past three years, there will be even more emphasis placed on bringing filmmakers and Dallas audiences together this year.

Commenting on the 2010 lineup and DALLAS Star award honorees, Artistic Director James Faust said, “We have worked very hard to bring films and filmmakers to Dallas that we feel the audiences here would delight in seeing and celebrating or would be thrilled to discover. At the same time, we have sought to infuse the lineup with films that represent this city and its sensibility as well as celebrate some truly remarkable film artists.”

Screenings and Red Carpet entrances will be held at the Angelika Film Center and Landmark’s Magnolia Theater. The Hotel Palomar will serve as the epicenter for the Festival, including the Southwest Airlines Ticket Window and the DALLAS Film Festival Lounge where the vitaminwater Game Room, Stella Artois Cutting Room and Dallas Film Commission Arcade will be featured. Filmmaker panels will be held at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Central 214 Patio located at Hotel Palomar. There will be a Family Day celebration in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art, the TXU ENERGY Fast Forward Video Contest awards and screenings, parties, and other special events celebrating film at The Crow Collection of Asian Art and area high schools and universities. The culminating event will be the awards ceremony, “The DALLAS Film Society Honors” to be held at the Hotel Palomar on Friday, April 16 with DALLAS IFF award winner and encore screenings to follow on April 17 and 18 at Studio Movie Grill Dallas at Royal Lane and 75 (11170 N. Central Expressway).

In addition to the Target Filmmaker Awards, filmmakers will vie for $20,000 in cash, goods and services from MPS Studios for the winner of the Texas Competition. Additional awards will be presented to the jury winners of the Environmental Visions, Animation, Student Film and Shorts categories, as well as audience awards for Narrative Feature, Documentary and Shorts.

New DALLAS IFF Executive Director, Tanya Foster said, “This is Dallas’ film festival. It’s as simple as that. It is the culmination of the work this non-profit organization does year round. The DALLAS Film Society seeks out and programs films, focusing on the education of film in this city and the celebration of the filmmaker by working with so many of the other wonderful film festivals and community groups both here in Dallas and in Texas to bring the best in film to Dallas. It’s a thrill to be a part of it and know what it takes to put on this ‘show’”

Six feature films will be making their world premieres at DALLAS IFF 2010. Those films include: HOLD, THE RIVER WHY, SWEET SCIENCE: A BOXING DOCUMENTARY, VIRSA, WE ARE THE SEA, WITHOUT HER (Sin Ella).

The DALLAS International Film Festival will run April 8 – 18, 2010. Passes and tickets are currently on sale both via online (www.dallasfilm.org ), and at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Window located at 5330 Mockingbird Lane on the Hotel Palomar retail strip facing Mockingbird Lane (214.295.5142).

The DALLAS International Film Festival film categories are as follows:

The Target Narrative Feature Competition is a juried competition featuring the best of international cinema;

The Target Documentary Feature Competition is a juried competition featuring the best in international documentary film;

Documentary Showcase features the most cutting-edge, informative documentary work, not up for competition;

Special Presentations features films that fall outside of the Festival’s programming categories yet deserve screenings on their own special merit;

The Dallas Premiere Series features the best new films on the horizon that are making their debut on Dallas screens, including top studio films with top industry talent;

The Texas Competition sponsored by MPS Studios Dallas, which encourages and promotes Texas filmmaking by showing both short and feature films produced, about, and shot in Texas;

The Environmental Visions Competition highlights films and filmmakers that best communicate the importance of conservation through the art of film;

World Cinema presented by Stella Artois features cinematic voices from around the world—including Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia—giving local audiences the unique opportunity to engage with these innovative films and filmmakers;

Mexico Spotlight, presented by El Creative, Univision 23, and Metro PCS, spotlights the most riveting feature films from Mexico in celebration of the country’s bicentennial.

Family Friendly features dynamic and adventurous films that are uniquely suited for the family viewing experience;

The Animation Competition, sponsored by REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT features films that explore the many potential avenues and media utilized in film animation today;

Community Showcase highlights films that feature the achievements of local individuals and groups;

Midnight Specials features on-the-edge films that relish both the genre and outré filmmaking worlds;

Shorts Competition presents the most innovative films from around the world that push the edge of traditional storytelling in 30 minutes or less.

Student Competition showcases the best from up-and-coming filmmakers across the world, including both short and feature length films created by high school and college students; and

Local Student Shorts features the best work from students of local universities and high schools.

The DALLAS IFF full festival lineup will showcase more than 55 features and 98 shorts for a total (including Education/Student shorts) of 153 films from 25 countries.


DALLAS IFF films (by category) are as follows:


TARGET NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

BROTHERHOOD – DIR: Will Canon (USA)
Cast: Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Lou Taylor Pucci

COOKING WITH STELLA – DIR: Dillip Mehta (Canada)
Cast: Don McKellar, Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Shriya Saran

THE DRY LAND – DIR: Ryan Piers Williams (USA)
Cast: America Ferrera, Ryan O’Nan, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Ethan Suplee, Melissa Leo

OBSELIDIA – DIR: Diane Bell (USA)
Cast: Michael Piccirilli, Gaynor Howe, Frank Hoyt Taylor

SNOW AND ASHES – DIR: Charles-Olivier Michaud (Canada)
Cast: Rhys Coiro, David-Alexandré Coiteux, Marina Eva

WE ARE THE SEA – DIR: Neil Truglio (USA)
Cast: Jeff Childress, Allison Savoy, Lauren Shealy


TARGET DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

HIS & HERS – DIR: Ken Wardrop (Ireland)

KICK IN IRAN - DIR: Fatima Abdollahvan (Germany)

THE LAST SURVIVOR – DIR: Michael Pertnoy, Michael Kleiman (USA)

THE RED CHAPEL (Detrode kapel) – DIR: Mads Brügger (Denmark)

A SURPRISE IN TEXAS – DIR: Peter Rosen (USA)

THUNDER SOUL – DIR: Mark Landsman (USA)

WASTE LAND – DIR: Lucy Walker (Brazil/UK)


DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD – DIR: Tamra Davis (USA)

NO CROSSOVER: THE STORY OF ALLEN IVERSON – DIR: Steve James (USA)

OCTOBER COUNTRY – DIR: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher (USA)

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY – DIR: Don Hahn (USA)


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) – DIR: Orson Welles (USA)
Cast: Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh

WAITING FOR FOREVER (2009) – DIR: James Keach (USA)
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, Jaime King, Nikki Blonsky, Scott Mechlowicz, Matt Davis

WAKE (2010) – DIR: Chad Feehan (USA)
Cast: Josh Stewart, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Chris Browning


DALLAS PREMIERE SERIES

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK – DIR: Richard Press (USA)

CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY – DIR: Alex Gibney (USA)

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH (Nanjing! Nanjing!) – DIR: Lu Chuan (China/Hong Kong)
Cast: Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Nakaizumi Hideo, Fan Wei

CRACKS - DIR: Jordan Scott (USA)
Cast: Eva Green

LOVERS OF HATE – DIR: Bryan Poyser (USA)
Cast: Chris Doubek, Heather Kafka, Alex Karpovsky, Zach Green

SKATELAND - DIR: Anthony Burns (USA)
Cast: Ashley Greene, Brett Cullen, Heath Freeman, James LeGros, A.J. Buckley

WINTER’S BONE – DIR: Debra Granik (USA)
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, Shelley Waggener


TEXAS COMPETITION sponsored by MPS Studios

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY – DIR: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas (UK)

CARRIED AWAY – DIR: Tom Huckabee (USA)
Cast: Gabriel Horn, Juli Erickson

DANCE WITH THE ONE – DIR: Michael Donal (USA)

EARTHLING – DIR: Clay Liford (USA)
Cast: William Kat, Rebecca Spence, Peter Greene

HARMONY AND ME – DIR: Robert Byington (USA)
Cast: Justin Rice, Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy

HOLD – DIR: Frank Mosley (USA)
Cast: Robby Storey, Stephanie Rhodes

SWEET SCIENCE: A BOXING DOCUMENTARY – DIR: Chris Howell (USA)


ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS COMPETITION

CLIMATE REFUGEES – DIR: Michael Nash (USA)

COLONY– DIR: Ross McDonnell, Carter Gunn (Ireland)

GREENLIT – DIR: Miranda Bailey (USA)

ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS SPECIAL PRESENTATION

THE RIVER WHY – DIR: Matthew Leutwyler (USA)
Cast: Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts, William Devane

WORLD CINEMA sponsored by Stella Artois

DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR (Disko ja Tuumasoda) – DIR: Jaak Kilmi (Estonia/Finland)

DOWN TERRACE - DIR: Ben Wheatley (UK)
Cast: Robin Hill, Robert Hill, Julia Deakin, Tony Way

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD (Joeunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom) – DIR: Kim Jee-woon (South Korea)
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung

I AM LOVE (Io Sono l”Amore) – DIR: Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE – DIR: Granaz Moussavi (Australia/Iran)
Cast: Marzieh Vafamehr, Amir Chegini, Asha Mehrabi

SHIRLEY ADAMS – DIR: Olivier Hermanus (South Africa/USA)
Cast: Denise Newman, Keenan Arrison, Theresa C. Sedras, Emily Childs, Lee-Ann van Rooi

VIRSA – DIR: Pankaj Batra (Pakistan)


MEXICO SPOTLIGHT presented by El Creative, Univision 23, and Metro PCS

BECLOUD (Vaho) – DIR: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci (Mexico)
Cast: Marta Aura, Sonia Couoh, Aldo Estuardo

NORTHLESS (Norteado) – DIR: Rigoberto Perezcano (Mexico/Spain)
Cast: Harold Torres, Alicia Laguna

WE THE POOR (Nosotros Los Pobres)
Cast: Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz

WITHOUT HER (Sin Ella) – DIR: Jorge Colon (Mexico)


FAMILY FRIENDLY

ALABAMA MOON – DIR: Tim McCanlies (USA)
Cast: Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman, Clint Howard, Gabriel Basso, Uriah Shelton

UP – DIR: Pete Docter (USA)
Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Linddo


ANIMATION COMPETITION presented by REEL FX Entertainment

THE ART OF DROWNING – DIR: Diego Maclean (Canada)

DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO – DIR: James Blagden (USA)

FARD – DIR: David Alapont, Luis Briceno (France)

LAND OF THE HEADS – DIR: Cédric Louis, Claude Barras (Canada/Switzerland)

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED – DIR: Kyle Bell (USA)

RUNAWAY – DIR: Cordell Barker (Canada)

SAM’S HOT DOGS – DIR: David Lopez Retamero (UK)

THE TERRIBLE THING OF ALPHA 9! – DIR: Jake Armstrong (USA)

WISDOM TEETH – DIR: Don Hertzfeldt (USA)

YOU CRIED ME – DIR: Tom Deslongchamp (USA)


COMMUNITY SHOWCASE

NESHOBA – DIR: Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano (USA)

PAINTING POETRY – DIR: Earl Latchley (USA)


MIDNIGHT SPECIALS

THE LOVED ONES – DIR: Sean Byrne (Australia)
Cast: Xavier Samuel, Richard Wilson, Jessica McNamee, Victoria Thane

A TOWN CALLED PANIC – DIR: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar (Belgium)

TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL – DIR: Eli Craig (Canada)
Cast: Katrina Bowden, Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk


STUDENT SHORTS COMPETITION

ADELAIDE – DIR: Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (USA)

CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT – DIR: Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck (USA)

CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL – DIR: Putnam Trumbull (Singapore)

GUERRILLA GARDEN – DIR: Rafael Palacio Illingworth (USA)

PROCESSION – DIR: Beth Spitalny (USA)

SHOOT THE MOON – DIR: Alex O’Flinn (USA)

YOUNG LOVE – DIR: Ariel Kleiman (Australia)


LOCAL STUDENT SHORTS

TXU SHOWCASE
NORTH TEXAS COLLEGE SHOWCASE
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON BLOCK
HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE


SHORTS COMPETITION

6 – DIR: Jeff Bednarz (USA)

A .45 AT 50th – DIR: Joshua Bell, John Cromwell (USA)

BEAST – DIR: Lars p. Arendt (Denmark)

BIG HANDS – DIR: Aaron Holloway (USA)

BLACK OPS ARABESQUE – DIR: Jared Drake (USA)

B.U.S.T. – DIR: David Call (USA)

CRAZY PIG – DIR: Juan Francisco de la Guardia (USA)

DEAD HUNGRY – DIR: William Bridges (UK)

DELMER BUILDS A MACHINE– DIR: Landon Zakheim (USA)

DIG DEEP – DIR: Mark Birnbaum, Manny Mendoza (USA)

FOLLICLE FROLIC – DIR: Mark Potts (USA)

GAYBY – DIR: Jonathan Lisecki (USA)

JADE – DIR: Daniel Elliott (UK)

JUNKO’S SHAMISEN – DIR: Solomon Friedman (Canada)

LAREDO, TEXAS – DIR: Topaz Adizes (USA)

MONKEYWRENCH – DIR: Chris Teague (USA)

MR. OKRA – DIR: T.G. Herrington (USA)

NEW MEDIA – DIR: J.J. Adler (USA)

THE NEW TENANTS – DIR: Joachim Back (Denmark/USA)

THE PACKAGE – DIR: Marco Gadge (Germany)

PORCELAIN & DIAMONDS – DIR: Ryan Silbert (USA)

QUADRANGLE – DIR: Amy Grappell (USA)

THE ROOM – DIR: Nik Sentenza (Germany)

THE S FROM HELL – DIR: Rodney Ascher (USA)

SEEDS OF THE FALL – DIR: Patrik Eklund (Sweden)

THE SHUTDOWN – DIR: Adam Stafford (UK)

START A BAND – DIR: Daniel Laabs (USA)

TUB – DIR: Bobby Miller (USA)

VOICE ON THE LINE - DIR: Kelly Sears (USA)

VOSTOK STATION – DIR: Dylan Pharazyn (New Zealand)


THE DALLAS FILM SOCIETY
The Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The Dallas Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today's world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual DALLAS International Film Festival, to be held April 8 -18, 2010, is a presentation of The Dallas Film Society. In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, The Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and partnership programs with arts organizations around the city. For more information, visit www.dallasfilm.org


SPONSORS Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Behringer Harvard, Barefoot Wine, Brierley + Partners, Brilliant Magazine, CBS Radio, Central 214, Colibri Promotions, Convergence Network Solutions, D Magazine, DART, Design Expediting Services Inc., Deux, Digital 3 Printing, El Creative, e-Rewards, e-Miles, Faulkner Design Group, Hotel Palomar, Informate DFW Magazine, Match.com, Mockingbird Station, Modern Luxury Dallas, MODIA Home Theater Store, Movie Magic, MPS Studios Dallas, Neiman Marcus, Paul Paredes, Post Asylum, Pure Evil Sound & Music, REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT, The Residences at Palomar, Screen International, Southwest Airlines, Stella Artois, Stoli Vodka, Studio Movie Grill, Target, The Dallas Morning News, Time Warner Cable, The Container Store, TM Advertising, TXU Energy, Univision 23, vitaminwater, West Village, WFAA-TV, Whole Foods Market, World Affairs Council, WRR Classical 101.1 FM.





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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SXSW Film Awards 2010 Announced!


http://sxsw.com/node/4649



SXSW FILM AWARDS 2010

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Cigarette Candy
Director: Lauren Wolkstein

Runner Up: Teleglobal Dreamin'
Director: Eric Flanagan

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Quadrangle
Director: Amy Grappell

Runner Up: White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug
Director: Travis Senger

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: The Orange
Director: Nick Fox-Gieg

Runner Up: One Square Mile of Earth
Director: Jeff Drew

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Winner: Night Mayor
Director: Guy Maddin

Runner up: Kids Might Fly
Director: Alex Taylor

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Cinnamon Chasers, "Luv Deluxe"
Director: Saman Keshavarz

Runner Up: Grizzly Bear, "Forest"
Director: Allison Schulnik

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: Petting Sharks
Director: Craig Elrod

Runner Up: The Big Bends
Director: Jason William Marlow

TIME WARNER CABLE & OVATION YOUNG FILMMAKER SCHOLARSHIP for TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORT

Winner: Give the Dog a Bone
Director: Edward Kelley

Runner Up: The Sleep Project
Director: Whitney Bennett & Matthew Cunningham

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD

Winner: Quadrangle
Director: Amy Grappell

SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award

Winner: Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture

Special Award - The Chicken & Egg Pictures "We Believe in You" Award
Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Feeder
Designer: Joseph Ernst

Runner Up: Amer
Designer: Gilles Vranckx

Audience Award Winner: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission
Designer: Michael Anderson

Special Jury Award: Equestrian Sexual Response
Designers: Martim Vian & Zeke Hawkins

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: Zombieland
Designer: Ben Conrad

Runner Up: earthwork
Designer: Stan Herd

Audience Award Winner: earthwork
Designer: Stan Herd

Special Jury Award: Enter the Void
Designer: Gaspar Noé and Tom Kam

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: For Once in My Life
Director: Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Brotherhood
Director: Will Canon

24 BEATS PER SECOND, EMERGING VISIONS, LONE STAR STATES, SPOTLIGHT PREMIERES, & MIDNIGHTERS AUDIENCE AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, MARCH 22nd

Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg

Runner-up: War Don Don
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Tiny Furniture
Director: Lena Dunham

Special Jury Award - Best Ensemble: Myth of the American Sleepover
Director: David Robert Mitchell

Special Jury Award - Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil
Director: Garth Donovan

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/14 - 3/20

Greeting from SXSW in Austin!

Yes this is why some of your posts do not show up quickly. I have sporadic computer access and my not so smart phone doesn't always connect. I appreciate your patience.


March 14 - March 20

Sun
3/14

Mon
3/15

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Magnolia

Tue
3/16

7:00 pm
Bounty Hunter
AMC Northpark

7:30 pm
Repo Men
Studio Movie Grill Dallas

7:30 pm
The Runaways
Angelika Dallas

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
AMC Stone Briar

Wed
3/17

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
AMC Valley View

Thu
3/18

6:30 pm
PROTOCOL 47
Studio Movie Grill Lewisville

7:30 pm
The Runaways
Studio Movie Grill Dallas

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
AMC Mesquite

Fri
3/19

Sat
3/20


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Remember Me Review

Tyler Hawkins is a smart but brooding college student who lives in a typically run down apartment in New York City with his roommate, Aiden. One night after clubbing they witness a couple guys getting beaten up and Tyler intervenes. Later the investigating detective lets him go but he mouths off to him when the detective wants to arrest the men that were attacked. He gets slammed to ground and arrested too.

Aiden (Tate Ellington) calls Tyler’s father who sends a lawyer. There is a lot of unspoken animosity between father and son. The elder Hawkins, Charles (Pierce Brosnan) is a high powered businessman who doesn’t have time for Tyler or his sister, Caroline (Ruby Jerins). After the yearly pilgrimage to the grave side of Tyler’s older brother, Michael who died at the age of 21 his family gathers afterwards for lunch. Everyone seems to have a hard time dealing with his untimely passing. His mother (Leno Olin) believes this is what Michael would have wanted. To lighten the mood, Caroline wants to share the news that she had been selected for a prestigious program for her artistic talent. In the middle of her news, her father interrupts. Tyler tags this behavior as a deliberate slight and calls him on it. This starts a row with Tyler storming off.

Aiden recognizes the detective who arrested them dropping off is daughter at their college. He urges Tyler to make a move on her to get back at the cop and he reluctantly complies. He is intrigued that she is not only attractive but smart when he tries to cute meet Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin). He manages to ask her on a date. They are both surprised to find they enjoy each other’s company and start spending more time together. One night after partying a little too hard, she gets sick and before she passes out she asks Tyler to call her dad, but her phone died. Her father Sgt Craig (Chris Cooper) is over protective of his daughter and in a fit of anger slaps her after she returns. She runs back to Tyler’s house and he lets her stay.

Tyler tells Ally about his brother suicide and Ally tells him how her mother was murdered 10 years earlier. Every day Tyler writes letters to his brother in his journal. It must be this sensitive side that Ally finds attractive, because otherwise Tyler doesn’t seem to have any particular ambition or direction and seems to have an anger problem. But the couple in the heady days of young love hit a wall when the truth of Tyler’s original purpose to meet her comes to light

This must be Will Fetters first screenplay because there is nothing else listed on IMDB.com. The story center’s around Tyler’s unrelenting angst and the faithful sibling support towards his sister. Something that Robert Pattinson has certainly honed in the latest Twilight series. Directed by Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland), the film is slow and emotionally painful. All of these characters are suffering for the loss of a loved one from a traumatic experience trying to find hope, love and redemption. So by the end of the movie why did the writer feel the need to just slap you down again?
(Reviewed by Reesa)



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Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Academy Award Winners

Best actor in a leading role Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)

Best actor in a supporting role Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)

Best actress in a leading role Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side (Warner Bros.)

Best actress in a supporting role Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Up (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Best in art direction Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Avatar (20th Century Fox) Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg

Best in cinematography Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Avatar (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore

Best in costume design Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Young Victoria (Apparition) Sandy Powell

Best Director Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow

Best documentary feature film Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Cove (Roadside Attractions)

Best documentary short subject Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Music by Prudence An iThemba Production Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Best in film editing Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Best foreign language film of the year Oscars 2010 Winner:

* El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haddock Films Production Argentina

Best in Makeup Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Star Trek (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Winner (Original score)

* Up (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Winner (Original song)

* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) A Voltage Pictures Production

Best animated short film Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Logorama (Autour de Minuit) An Autour de Minuit Production Nicolas Schmerkin

Best live action short film Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The New Tenants A Park Pictures and M & M Production Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Best in sound editing Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best in sound mixing Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Best in visual effects Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Avatar (20th Century Fox) Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Best in Adapted screenplay Oscars 2010 Winner:

* Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Best in Original screenplay Oscars 2010 Winner:

* The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal


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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/7 - 3/13

Party Time Tonight! This is the big night for Oscar parties. The sanctioned event of the Academy Awards is being held at the Studio Movie Grill Dallas from the USA Film Festival. Then there are two FREE unofficial ones at the Lakewood and Angelika theaters brought to us by the wonderful movie blogs of Dallas who help support our free screening habits. Both parties are offering some cool prizes, food and/or drinks. Wish they could have put them together, but whichever venue you are attending, drive safely and have a great time!

My Oscar picks have been posted at our main page http://www.dallasmoviescreenings.com. Would love to hear your opinions, so please use the comment feature and post your selections.

I also have 2 VIP tickets to the Lakewood party tonight. Post your picks then email me before 2 PM. I will randomly select a winner and let you know by 2:15 pm.

MODERATOR ISSUE OF THE WEEK:
The best thing about seeing a movie in the theater is the big screen and enjoying the collective experience of sharing it with your fellow human beings. That is until some of those humans decide that their experience should usurp those around them by talking loudly, making inappropriate comments, kicking the seats, and generally acting as if they forgot how to behave in public. It's bad enough with the security guards coming over and have to remind someone to put away their cell phones, but then you will hear someone loudly admonishing another for kicking their seats, or to take out a crying baby. Unfortunately some of the folks who were the perpetrators at last week's screenings are not on this list. But we know who you are, and we will make sure we are not sitting near you.

March 7 - 13, 2010

Sun
3/7

Mon
3/8

7:30 pm

Hot Tub Time Machine
Studio Movie Grill Addison

7:30 pm
Remember Me
AMC Northpark

Tue
3/9

7:30 pm

She's Out of My League
AMC Northpark

7:30 pm
Green Zone
Angelika Dallas

7:30 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Studio Movie Grill Lewisville

Wed
3/10

8:00 pm

Hot Tub Time Machine
Studio Movie Grill Addison

Thu
3/11

11:00 am

A Forgotten Injustice
Fannin Performance Hall

7:30 pm
Boondock Saints
Various theaters

7:30 pm
Our Family Wedding
AMC Northpark

7:30 pm
She's Out of My League
Cinemark 17

8:00 pm
Hot Tub Time Machine
Angelika Dallas

Fri
3/12

Sat
3/13



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Reesa's Oscar Picks

Reesa's 82nd Annual Academy Award Picks. This selections are not my predictions, but the ones that I would like to see take home the trophy. Please comment on your selections.

Best Picture
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Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart'

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds'

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'nique, 'Precious'

Best Animated Feature Film
Up

Best Foreign Film
The Prophet

Best Original Screenplay
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Art Direction
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Best Cinematography
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Best Costume Design
The Young Victoria

Best Documentary
The Cove

Best Editing
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Best Makeup
Star Trek

Best Score
Up

Best Song
“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham

Best Sound Editing
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Best Sound Mixing
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Best Visual Effects
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Since I've never seen any of the shorts, I'll refrain from picking them, since it will be like picking horses at the racetrack; the one with the most appealing name. I've highlighted the ones that are favored.

Best Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Animated Short
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Live-Action Short
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants


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2010 Razzie Winners...or Losers.

Worst Picture of 2009:

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Worst Actress of 2009:

Sandra Bullock
All About Steve

Worst Actor(s) of 2009:

All Three Jonas Brothers
JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3-D CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Worst Screen Couple:

Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper
ALL ABOUT STEVE

Worst Supporting Actress:

Sienna Miller
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Worst Supporting Actor:

Billy Ray Cyrus
HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
(Combined Category for 2009):


Land of The Lost
(UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Worst Director:

Michael Bay
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (AKA TRANNIES, TOO)

Worst Screenplay:

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
WRITTEN BY EHREN KRUGER & ROBERTO ORCI & ALEX KURTZMAN,
BASED ON HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS ACTION FIGURES
Special 30th RAZZIE®-versary Awardz

Worst Picture of the Decade:

Battlefield Earth
NOMINATED FOR 10 RAZZIES® / “WINNER” OF 8
(INCLUDING WORST DRAMA OF OUR FIRST 25 YRS)

Worst Actor of the Decade:

Eddie Murphy
NOMINATED FOR 12 “ACHIEVEMENTS” / “WINNER” OF 3 RAZZIES®
ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH, I SPY, IMAGINE THAT,
MEET DAVE, NORBIT, SHOWTIME

Worst Actress of the Decade:

Paris Hilton
NOMINATED FOR 5 “ACHIEVEMENTS,” “WINNER” OF 4 RAZZIES®
THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE, HOUSE OF WHACKS,
REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA


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Saturday, March 6, 2010

25th Annual Independent Spirit Award Winners

* BEST FEATURE: Precious
* BEST DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels for Precious
* BEST FEMALE LEAD: Gabby Sidibe for Precious
* BEST MALE LEAD: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
* BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE: Mo’Nique for Precious
* BEST SUPPORTING MALE: Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
* BEST FIRST FEATURE: Crazy Heart
* JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD: Humpday
* BEST SCREENPLAY: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber for 500 Days of Summer
* BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY: Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious
* BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins for A Serious Man
* BEST DOCUMENTARY: Anvil!
* BEST FOREIGN FILM: An Education
* ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD: Director and Cast of A Serious Man
* PRODUCERS AWARD: Karen Chien (The Exploding Girl, Santa Mesa)
* SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD: Kyle Patrick Alvarez for Easier With Practice
* TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Bill Ross, Turner Ross for 45365



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