The Dallas Movie Screening Group

This is the homepage of the Dallas Movie Screening Group. To join our mailing list you must sign up at our group page on Yahoo. You will then be connected to receive notices on how to find passes to the local screenings in the DFW area. It's up to you to pickup or sign up for passes. You can also barter, trade or just giveaway passes you don't want, need or share with other members of the group. Please read the instructions on the Yahoo page very carefully before posting. This group is closely moderated so that your mail box is not full of spam or other unnecessary mail. We appreciate everyone's consideration and cooperation.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIFF: Buck Wild





4/6 Angelika 6 Saturday 11:59pm
4/7 Angelika 4 Sunday 10:15pm

Round table interview with Tyler Glodt (director/co-writer/producer/editor/actor), Matt Albrecht (co-writer/producer/actor) and Christian Sosa (producer).


(Video by David Bacon)



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DIFF: Lord Montagu




4/6 Magnolia 1 Saturday 5:15pm
4/7 Magnolia 5 Sunday 8:00pm

Round table interview with Luke Korem (writer/director) and Russell Groves (producer).


(Video by reesa)

As the youngest member in parliament and sole heir to his family’s 7,000-acre English estate, Lord Edward Montagu’s life was rich and privileged. However in 1954, Edward, then aged twenty-five, became England's most infamous aristocrat when he was arrested for homosexual offenses and eventually sentenced to a year in prison. Despite the odds against him, Montagu persevered to become a prominent national figure by turning his estate into one of England's greatest tourist attractions, and leading the way into a new era of the British aristocracy. This film features never-before-seen footage from the Montagu archives, interviews with his family, friends and fellow aristocrats, and personal details from Lord Montagu's own writings to tell the story of his unconventional and often controversial life.

Written and directed by Austin filmmaker Luke Korem who gives this story a unique perspective of British nobility. It is a fascinating look at someone who although born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth endured catastrophic setback yet managed to reinvent himself. If you ever enjoyed Downton Abbey or any Jane Austin film treatments you are not really privy to the scope of entitlement of the aristocracy. Lord Montagu inherited his family's 7,000 acre southern England estate that includes 2000 acres of woods, 5 miles of seashore, 8 miles of riverway, and located in the middle is the stately home known as the Palace House.

Troubles came to Lord Montagu when after he opened his home as a public tourist attraction after WWII. The post-war depression made it difficult to afford the upkeep on the large estates and owners were purposefully demolishing or burning their stately homes rather than let commoners see behind the hallowed walls. Shortly afterwards Lord Montagu was arrested for “conspiracy to incite certain male persons to commit serious offenses with male persons” i.e. consensual homosexual offenses. The shock waves this incident created was the catalyst to decriminalize homosexuality in England.

Yet despite this, Lord Montagu came back to Beaulieu and created Britain's first motor car museum on his estate. Although his peers looked down on his commercial enterprises of exploiting his nobility and his family's privacy being invaded by tourists, Montagu managed to become a very successful business man who was charismatic showman. Archival footage and commentary by family, friends and other aristocrats offer a fascinating look at the controversial and unconventional character who ushered in a new breed of nobility.
(Review by reesa)




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DIFF: The Union Man





4/8 Angelika 4 Monday 7:15pm
4/9 Angelika 7 Tuesday 9:45pm

Round table interview with Bobby Lewis (director), Andrew J. Nelson (cinematographer) and Sara Masetti (editor)


(Video by David Bacon)



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DIFF: Diving Normal






4/9 Angelika 6 Tuesday 10:00pm
4/10 Angelika 6 Wednesday 10:00pm

Round table interview with Philipp Karner and Scotty Crowe (producers/lead actors/co-writers [story])


(Video by David Bacon)


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Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/31- 4/6

It's that time of year again! The DIFF...Dallas International Film Festival...starts on Thursday with their opening night at the new Look Theater where the old SMG Addison used to be parked. The festival runs to April 14 and filled with an amazing slate of films that you will probably not have a chance to see anywhere else. Go check out the schedule at http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/

You can still sign up to volunteer to work the theaters (because who knows more about movie lines than we do?) or any of the number of positions they have available to earn vouchers to see the movies. Plus you get a really cool collectable volunteer t-shirt, meet some new friends, and give back to the film community that y'all have been taking advantage of over the years. Filmmakers love coming to Texas because the volunteers are the best and friendliest of all the festivals. Let's show them a big Dallas "howdy". Go fill out an application at http://www.dallasfilm.org/explore/get-involved/festival-volunteer/

March 32 - April 6

Sun
Mar 31

Mon
Apr 1

Tue
Apr 2

Jurassic Park in 3D - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Evil Dead - 7:30 pm - Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley
The Kings of Summer - 7:30 pm - Angelika Dallas

Wed
Apr 3

Oblivion - 4:00 pm - AMC Northpark
Evil Dead - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark
A Place Beyond the Pines - 7:30 pm - Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley
Room 237 - 7:30 pm - tba

Thu
Apr 4

42 - 7:00 pm - AMC Northpark

Fri
Apr 5

Sat
Apr 6





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Saturday, March 30, 2013

DIFF Announces Latino Cinema Day April 7






Dallas International Film Festival

presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers

Announces Latino Cinema Day April 7



7 BOXES, CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD, MAN FROM THE FUTURE and POST TENEBAUM LUX

Star as Narrative Films from Latino Filmmakers



Dallas, TX, March 28 , 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today the films and events line-up for its annual Latino Cinema Day. Sponsored by El Creative Advertising, Colibrí and Univision 23 and MAXIMA 99.1 FM with support from the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Latino Cinema Day is Sunday, April 7, 2013, with screenings and activities at Landmark Theatre’s The Magnolia in West Village Shopping Center, 3699 McKinney Ave., #100, Dallas, TX 75204.



The DIFF Latino Cinema Day features four narrative films from Latin American filmmakers that speak a cinematic language of their own : 7 BOXES, CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD, MAN FROM THE FUTURE and POST TENEBRAS, as well as two Spanish films showcased in other sections of the Festival GIMME THE POWER and BLANCANIEVES .



Latino Cinema Day starts at noon . in Uptown’s West Village . E ncore screening s of the films play on the last weekend of the Festival.


To cap off the Latino Cinema Day celebration at DIFF, Mexican rock band, MOLOTOV’s very own Randy and Ayala will participate in a Q&A following the 5:30 p.m. screening of GIMME THE POWER. From there, Colibrí and AeroMexico will host various artists and performers with a feature performance by MOLOTOV who will create live remixes at Deep Ellum’s Club Dada, 2720 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Dallas Film Society. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 online at http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/22815447473490139 or $25 at the door the evening of the event.

With a 16-year career, MOLOTOV is one of the main representatives of Mexican Rock Music both in their own country and worldwide. Their debut album, titled “Donde Jugarán las Niñas?” (Where Will Girls Play?), is considered one of the most important albums in the history of both Mexican and Latin Rock.


Latino Showcase films include:


7 BOXES (Paraguay)


Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori

Victor receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content through the market, but things get complicated along the way. Screens on April 7 at 5 p.m. and April 13 at 2:45 p.m. at Magnolia.



CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (Argentina/Spain/Brazil)

Director: Benjamin Avila

After years of political exile, 12-year old, Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities in 1979. This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love. Screens on April 7 at 12 p.m. and April 12 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia.



MAN FROM THE FUTURE (Brazil)


Director: Claudio Torres

Zero is a brilliant scientist, who was publicly humiliated 20 years ago by his secret college love, Helena. An accidental experiment catapults him back in time to confront the situation. Screens on April 7 at 3 p.m. and April 12 at 4 p.m. at Magnolia.



POST TENEBRAS LUX (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)


Director: Carlos Reygadas

Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. Nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another. Screens on April 7 at 12:15 p.m. and April 14 at 12 p.m. at Magnolia.




Deep Ellum Sounds Latino film:


GIMME THE POWER (Mexico)

Directed by Olallo Rubio
Art usually mirrors and influences historical events, and such is the case for Mexican rock music during much of the 20th century and the new millennium. Director Olallo Rubio, a Mexican rock expert out of passion and profession, does a wonderful job chronicling the close to 70 years of political rule of the PRI, the country’s official state party, and the social upheavals it caused in Mexico, alongside the evolution and role of rock music during this time.



Through interviews with first-hand participants and expert witnesses, found footage, and rock music itself, Rubio offers an insightful narrative that crystallizes with the late 90s rise of the band MOLOTOV, who became the irreverent, foul-mouthed, and hard-rocking voice not only of a generation but of an entire nation fed up with a broken political system. GIMME THE POWER s creens on April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Magnolia.




World Cinema Latino film :


BLANCANIEVES (Spain)


Director: Pablo Berger

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale, set in 1920s Seville, centers on a female bullfighter. This black-and-white, silent film won 10 2013 Goya Awards, Spain’s Oscars, including Best Film. Screens on April 7 at 2:30 p.m. and on April 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Magnolia.






Passes and Tickets


DIFF Passes are now available at the online Prekindle Box Office at www.DallasFilm.org and at the Prekindle Main Box Office located on the southeast side of Mockingbird Station on the first floor, next to Urban Taco ( 469-547-1230) . Prices range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:



· All-access pass to all screenings

· One invitation to the Opening Night Screening and Gala on April 4, 2013, subject to availability

· Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival

· Access for one person to the Festival Lounge (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol)

· Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions

· Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise



For a fast and easy guide on “How to Fest,” watch the video at http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/how-to-fest-its-easy-watch-the-video/ or visit http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/fest-info/getting-around/how-to-fest/





About 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, scheduled for April 4-14, 2013, 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, call (214) 720-0555, or visit www.DallasFilm.org. The offices of the Dallas Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219.





2013 Dallas International Film Festival Sponsors


ABCO; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, LLP; Alamo Drafthouse DFW; Angelika Film Center; Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation; Arts + Culture Magazine; Austin Film Festival; AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers; Balloons Everyday; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; BuyLED’s; CBS Radio; Cinelease; Cinemark USA, Inc.; Colibri Promotions; Commerce House/Pam and Mark Denesuk; Community Trust Bank; The Container Store; Crow Collection of Asian Art; CultureMap; D Magazine; Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dallas Film Commission; Dallas Morning News; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Observer; Dallas Producers Association; David Baertsch db Editorial; Deep Eddy Vodka; Division of Film and Media Arts – SMU; Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Earth Day Dallas; El Creative; Element X Creative; Flagship Marketing; Forte Prime; FunFlicks; Gemini Light, Sound & Video; GrandLuxe Magazine; Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities; Hotel Palomar/Central 214; InformateDFW; KellyKitchensPR.com; Klyde Warren Park; Kung Fu Saloon; La Madeleine; LOOK Cinemas; Marc Lee; Mary Kay, Inc.; Matthews Southwest; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary; Media 2-Way Radio; Mockingbird Station; Mockingbird Taproom; Modern Luxury; Modia Home Theater; Movie Magic; MPS Studios Dallas; My Sweet Charity; Nasher Sculpture Center; NYLO Dallas South Side; Panavision; PaperCity; Pencilneck Software; PlainsCapital Bank; Post Asylum; Prekindle; Pure Evil Sound & Music Design; ReelFX; Rentex; SAGIndie; Salon Pompeo; Savannah College of Art and Design; Southwest Airlines; Stella Artois; Texas Association of Film Commissions; Texas Capital Bank; Texas Film Commission; Time Warner Cable; Two Sisters Catering; TXU Energy; UBER; Univision Radio; Univision TV; Uptown Latino; Urban Taco; Vergent Communications; Well Go USA Entertainment; West Village; WFAA; Whole Foods; WRR Classical 101.1 FM.



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Friday, March 29, 2013

12th Annual 24-Hour Video Race



12th Annual 24-Hour Video Race

May 10, 2013

Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station in Dallas





The 12thAnnual 24-Hour Video Race, presented by The Video Association of Dallas, will commence at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and end 24 hours later at midnight on Saturday, May 11. The Angelika Film Center is at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.




Dallas film and video makers of all levels of experience are invited to participate in the race, both creatively and literally. Teams that do not make it to the finish line at midnight will not be included in the judging, All teams will be assigned four critical elements: one theme, one prop, one location and one line of dialogue. There will also be 3 new divisions in 2013:

Rock Around the Clock (music videos)
Doc Around the Clock (documentaries)
All-mobile device division



Anyone with a camera and the willingness to race can participate. Past teams have included elementary school students to professional filmmakers. Student teams compete against other student teams and adult teams are categorized by team size rather than skill level.



The 24-Hour Video Race’s teams are divided in to five categories:

Pixelvision: K-12 Teams
Futurevision: Current College/University students and recent graduates
Auteur: Professional or amateur teams of a single member
Guerrilla: Professional or Amateur teams of 3 to 5 members
Hollywood: Professional or Amateur teams of 6 or more members



The screenings of the work of all the entrants will be Tuesday-Thursday, May 14-16 with the finalists screened on Monday, May 20 at the Angelika Film Center. The winning videos will be shown on KERA –TV Channel 13’s program “Frame of Mind,” on the website, and on You+Media Dallas site. Team members should bring Race badges for admission to the screenings. (This includes teams who did not finish the Race.) Members of the general public can also attend. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The screening schedule will be posted the Monday after the race.



For information, visit http://www.24hourvideorace.com or email info@videofest.org.



Sponsored by

Texas Commission on the Arts

Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

Dallas Film Commission




ABOUT VIDEO ASSOCIATION of DALLAS:

The mission of the Video Association of Dallas, 501(c)(3), is to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to support and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and the electronic arts. VAD serves its mission through exhibition, education, information, service and advocacy. Video Association of Dallas presents the 24-Hour Video Race and other programs throughout the year.



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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Host







Twilight brought in a wide audience and was a successful batch of films. The Host was an adaptation from Stephanie Meyer who also wrote the Twilight novels. I don’t think The Host will not be as successful as Twilight and here’s why.

The movie is set in a futuristic setting where aliens have come from another planet and take over the bodies of humans and earth. The premise sounds cool, right? To a degree, this movie is way more interesting than Twilight but still a bad movie. The acting is average and sometimes below par. Saoirse Ronan is the main character and she does an exceptional job given the simplicity of the dialogue of the script. William Hurt is also in this and he gives a good performance. The Host benefited from having a star like him to show you, even with a bad script, an actor can really give something to the character. The cinematography is pretty to look at and then sometimes doesn’t really add anything new. The editing is paced well and the special effects are good especially when the violence plays on the screen (Those were the most tense moments). Some of those moments were even surprising for a PG-13 rating but that’s another discussion all together.

I have never read the book but just from watching this film I probably wont pick it up. The script was bad. The acting was OK but the visuals support good eye candy. With that said, I don’t think it will bring in as much of a fan base as Twilight. If you haven’t read the book you probably wont like it. If you are forced by your wife, girlfriend or date to see this movie, it’s OK you will pull through it because it’s still not as bad as Twilight. 4/10
(Review by Chase Lee)



Max Irons, Chandler Canterbury and Jake Able at the recent press tour for The Host




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G.I. Joe: Retaliation






The first thing you notice is the big Hasbro logo, lest you think the film attached is anything more than a toy promotion. Once that mindset is in place and you are not expecting anything resembling human emotion or a complicated storyline then you can accept it just for what it is. A lot of things blowing up and characters doing impossible stunts. Director Jon M. Chu responsible for a couple of Step Up movies and the LXD:Legion of Extraordinary Dancers knows how to center on the choreography of the more interesting action sequences. It's too bad Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick didn't infuse the script with something more than broad strokes.

Duke (Channing Tatum), Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) are the only survivors of the last movie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. The Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey) has been placed in a secret prison stuck in a stasis tube that allows him to hear and see, but unable to move. His Cobra henchmen of the ex-Joe Firefly (Ray Stevenson) and Storm Shadow (Lee Byung hun) have plans to break him out. First the Joe's are framed for stealing nuclear warheads from Pakistan and it seems like it was the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce) may have been the one who set them up.

Storm Shadow is injured during the rescue and sent to the Himalayas to recover. Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and his apprentice Jinx (Elodie Yung), who is also Storm Shadow's cousin) are sent by the leader of the Arashikage Clan to capture Storm Shadow to answer for the murder of Storm Shadow's uncle the Hard Master. Thankfully they gave Lee Byung hun a chance to show off his killer bod and martial arts. This segment also has probably the best stunt in the whole movie, and probably worth the price of admission. They battle the ninjas flying through the air from ropes along sheer mountain walls.

Meanwhile Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye try to figure out what's up with the President and why all the Joe's were brutally attacked. Of course it's some diabolical plan by Cobra to take over the world.
The Joe's seek the help of the original G.I.Joe, Joe Colton (Bruce Willis) who has been in retirement. He offers his wisdom and a houseful of weapons. Will Cobra cause a world war of devastating consequences? Will the Joe's come in time to stop the dastardly deed? Do you care? This is purely adrenalin junkie movie madness. The dialogue is wooden and obvious. And the door is open for more G.I. Joe movies in the future.
(Review by reesa)




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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/24 - 3/30

Consideration is being given to stop posting the Sunday calendar reminder, because it seems some people just don't seem to take it to heart and mind the issues that plague the moderators. Why is it so difficult to respond directly to the person offering the pass and not just hit reply to group? If a person has questions regarding where and when for the screening, can they not access the group page to check the calendar, or archived messages to find the answer? Doesn't everyone know by now that the moderator has to enter the contest, sign up for newsletter, go to pass pick ups like everyone else. We don't have passes sitting on our computer to supply to you. Our group page is full of helpful information in the links section for signing up to get those SMG epasses.

Also this group is for movies ONLY. Please don't try and share anything else. Go to our Facebook page if there's something on your mind or you want to give away.

Speaking of Facebook...just because you don't want to sign up for it, don't ask the moderator to send you that GOFOBO code that was posted there. No GOFOBO codes are shared on this group. Been there, done that, too many problems.

March 24 - March 30

Sun
Mar 24

Great Performances:Tosca from Rome (1993) - 2:00 pm - Kimball Art Museum

Mon
Mar 25

The Kings of Summer - 7:30 pm - Angelika Dallas

Tue
Mar 26

G.I. Joe:Retaliation - 7:30 pm - Cinemark West Plano
G.I. Joe:Retaliation - 7:30 pm - Cinemark 17
G.I. Joe:Retaliation - 7:30 pm - Amstar 14
The Host - 7:30 pm - Studio Movie Grill Royal

Wed
Mar 27

Horror Remix:Death Rock One - 8:00 pm - Studio Movie Grill Royal

Thu
Mar 28

Disconnect - 7:00 pm - Modern Art Museum Fort Worth

Fri
Mar 29

Sat
Mar 30

Jurassic Park - 10:00 am - AMC Parks Arlington
Jurassic Park - 10:00 am - Cinemark 17
Searching for Sugarman - 8:00 pm - Annette Strauss Square



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Friday, March 22, 2013

Admission





The process of applying to the college of your choice is left to the capricious moods of the admissions department in that institute of higher learning. The handful of humans in charge of reading your life essays and accessing your academic records must weed down thousands of applications that come in every year to find the perfect freshman to accept. Based on a novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz, it's been adapted to the screen by Karen Croner and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy).

Straight laced Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) has been working in the Admissions Office of Princeton for 16 years. When she advises the visiting students and parents who are considering spending the next 4 years and thousands of dollars, that there is no secret trick to become accepted. Portia takes a certain sadistic pleasure in controlling the fates of these young hopeful students as she scrutinizes their records with a fine toothed cone. During her recruitment travels to schools she visits New Quest School where John Pressman (Paul Rudd) recommends Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) as a special case applicant. The young man is unconventional, self taught, and brilliant, but doesn't have the academic shiny stars that Princeton looks for on their applications. Pressman also has another agenda, having gone to Dartmouth as did Portia. He believes Jeremiah may be the child that Portia secretly gave up for adoption when she was in college.

Portia was never good with kids. The thought that her child may exist is a challenge, complicated by the recent breakup with her department head boyfriend Mark (Michael Sheen) who has a bad habit of showing affection by patting her head like a dog. He just got a Virginia Wolfe scholar pregnant with twins and leaves Portia during a department dinner at their house. This makes Pressman even more attractive to her. She is conflicted in wanting to help Jeremiah who may be her son get into Princeton and following the rules of her job. She is vying for the head of the department against her rival co-worker Corinne (Gloria Reuben).

There's a low key type of humor that fuels this story. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are both disarming and real in their manner and comedy. They are earnest and relateable. It's nice to have a movie that doesn't dumb down situations with over played slapstick. The best scenes belong to Lily Tomlin who plays Portia's mother, Suzanne. She's the woman warrior of the "Ms" days and has a Bella Azburg tattoo. Their complicated relationship would have made a really good movie. In the meantime, their application for box office success is on the "wait" list.
(Review by reesa)




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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ginger and Rosa






A slow burner? Yes, however writer/director Sally Potter keeps you glued to the screen to see the ultimate ride that these characters take. Set in London 1962, Potter manages to capture a beautiful, haunting realism of what happened during that period. The Cuban Missile Crisis has just happened and everyone believes a bomb will hit and everyone will die. That is just the plot that is overshadowed by the real plot happening between Ginger, Rosa and their families. Elle Fanning, Ginger, delivers as one of the most memorable performances she has had since Somewhere. Christina Hendricks, who plays Ginger's mother, also delivers a very good performance and I believe she will be a great up and coming actress if she does more films. She is best known for her hit show Mad Men.

It's an interesting story told through old school cinematography with vibrant colors. Some of the shots set up in the film reminds me of old film and has a nostalgic feeling. I thought it was a unique experience and something different than mainstream films. I would suggest to check this one out if you heading to a theater that plays independent films. 8/10
(Review by Chase Lee)



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Spring Breakers







If you’re like me, after seeing Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine will be a name you’ll want to forget as fast as you more than likely learned it. Spring Breakers recently received the coveted title of “Worst Movie" at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In the film, Director Harmony Korine takes us through a shallow, lifeless story about a group of college girls who do some outrageous stunts to earn money for their spring break vacation. There were moments when I thought the script would make a turn for the better. However, when your characters are as one-dimensional (whether they were meant to be this way or not) there’s only so much they can accomplish. The acting is unbelievable bad. Again, for the record, I’m aware of Mr. Harmony’s tight lip bravado when it comes to his films. Are things intentional? Did he mean for it to come across as shameless and heartless as it does? No one knows except him. Damn me for thinking that films have to have at least one redeemable factor. For this film, one of those may be the talented and ever glossy eyed James Franco, who plays a white chocolate type gangster. Familiar with over-the-top roles, James takes this role with as much weight as he’s given. I for one, applaud him for that. Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, two notorious pop stars, are included among the lady spring breakers. Their characters were as relevant and likeable as any cadaver on any TV cop drama. They were there. They said some things. They caused some plot twists. End of story.

The cinematography was decent in some parts, with an overbearing amount of establishing shots with no character presence. Though I’m a fan of Skrillex, I’m curious on why he was used in this film when they also used work from Cliff Martinez, whose previous work was Drive. He manages to capture a tone for the entire film which I enjoyed, but was sadly under used in this reviewers opinion. Overall, this film is what it is. As cliche’ as that phrase is, it’s all that works here. I usually like to walk out of a movie and say to myself, "I get why that was made.” It’s hours later, and I still can’t answer that question. 3/10
(Review by Chase Lee)




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Croods




Dreamworks Animation with 20th Century Fox has produced a computer animated feature about a caveman family that faces the end of the world as they know it. Written and directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train a Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) the 3D adventure follows a prehistoric family who are forced to abandon their cave when the continents begin to shift. The first drafts of the script were written by John Cleese (Monty Python) and Kirk DeMicco back in 2005 as Crood Awakening. The main song Shine Your Way (performed by Owl City and Yuna) was covered by the top 10 contestants of American Idol.

The Croods are the last of the families living in their area after several family units had been victim to any number of hazards that plagued early man. The Croods survived by the overly protective father Grug (Nicolas Cage) whose strict rules he believes is what keeping them alive. The teen daughter Eep (Emma Stone) strains under the need to always be too safe and not take any chances. There's a big curious world out there and she wants to explore it. Grug makes it a point to reinforce the dangers by telling stories with wall painting to his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), not so sharp 9 year old Thunk (Clark Duke), baby sister Sandy who is more like a small dog and wacky mother in law Gran (Cloris Leachman). All fun things are potentially bad and that means death.

One night Eep sneaks out of their cave when she sees a light. It's fire, an element that is totally foreign to her. It's being wielded by Guy (Ryan Reynolds) a nomadic wanderer who is smarter than the average prehistoric man. He tells Eep to come with him because he had a dream that their world as they know it will no longer exist. Eep is ready to take off with him, but her reluctant father is unwilling. Even after their cave is destroyed in an earthquake, it takes a lot of wild creatures trying to eat them, and his family's insistence before Grug agrees to follow Guy's plan to move to higher ground.

Their journey involves a lot of humorous moments and beautiful plants and creatures that they encounter. There's fish like birds that fly in schools, there's fish like creatures that lay on the ground like rocks. The colors and the inventive wild life is like a mini Avatar. The family story becomes one of a protective father who goes a little over board in his unwillingness to change, the budding love of his teen daughter to another alpha male, the stereo-typical nemesis mother in law who he always fails to count when making sure everyone is accounted after they are safe. There are some nice 3D moments in the film, but it's never enough to seem to justify the extra price for the privilege. It's fun, enjoyable, good for the whole family. The general message that kids may take from this is that trying new things is good and just because your parents say it's bad means they are just being overly concerned.
(Review by reesa)


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Olympus Has Fallen





Apparently North Korea is the new bogeyman as evident in the Red Dawn remake that re-branded the bad guys from the Chinese to the new evil power that tries to take over the White House in director Antoine Fuqua's actioner. The screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt features the workings of the secret service assigned to protect the president with the technical advise of Ricky James, a security adviser and counter-terrorism expert. According to James it's possible to launch an attack on the White House due to the cut in defense budget and intelligence staff. Paranoid stuff.

Gerard Butler as Mike Banning was the chief the Secret Service staff surrounding President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). An unfortunate accident causes Mike reassigned to a desk job in the Treasury Department. He misses his former position and the men he worked with, especially the friendship of the President and his young son Conner (Finley Jacobsen). When an aircraft breaches the Washington DC airspace shooting at the White House, Banning rushes over shocked at the carnage caused by an orchestrated attack. He rushes in to help and finds himself the last man standing. The President and staff are locked in the safe room with the South Korean Prime Minister that had come for reunification talks. With the President locked away and the White House under siege, the Speaker of the House Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) is announced as acting President. The Pentagon staff gathers feeding him intelligence on the situation that becomes clearer when Banning gets in touch with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett) who vouches for his capability. His first quest is to locate the President's son and get him to safety when they inform Banning of the real situation in the safe room.

This is a Michael Bay movie without Michael Bay with that old school 80/90's action genre style. There's a hard core patriotic theme in the film, and some interesting insight in to the men and women who serve the President and family with their own lives. However there is an excessive amount of violence throughout the movie. The bad guys led by the handsome Kang (Rick Yune) is just about as cool and intelligent as they come. He wants the President to remove the troops from the DMZ border and the occupying fleet from the North Korean waters. Their purpose and ultimate goal is kinda vague distracted by the pile of bodies that are sacrificed by the Secret Service trying to protect the White House. The audience is supposed to feel outrage and with gung-ho fever cheering the heroic efforts of Banning who single handedly must save the world. Butler does well in this part after his he-man persona has being watered down in some recent rom-com's. Lot's of plot hole and improbabilities Try not to think about that until you leave the theater.
(Review by reesa)



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DIFF Opening Night Films






2013 Dallas International Film Festival

Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers



Announces Opening Night

Presented by Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation



JAVA HEAT, THE CRASH REEL, STILL MINE , KON-TIKI and 8 1/2

Start Festival’s 7th Year



SWEETWATER, DECODING ANNIE PARKER and 42 Named as Centerpiece Films



Dallas, TX, March 21, 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today that JAVA HEAT, THE CRASH REEL, STILL MINE , KON-TIKI and 8 ½ will all screen as part of the Festival’s Opening Night and Gala presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation. DIFF 2013’s Opening Night is being held on Thursday, April 4, at the new LOOK Cinemas. Following a Red - Carpet entrance of community and film luminaries, five Opening Night film s that reflect the diversity of film at the Festival will be screened for the night’s guests.



“The 2013 Festival is proving to be one of excitement and diversity. Everything from Italian classics to extreme sports to unbelievable tales of journey and survival—there is something for everyone on this night,” said James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas International Film Festival. “LOOK Cinemas is an amazing theatre. Having our opening night festivities there will showcase the best in screening technology and offer all the glitz and glam that's became a customary with these type of events.”



"LOOK Cinemas is thrilled to help open the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival. It's an honor to be a part of one of Dallas’ keystone public events. LOOK Cinemas joins Dallas Film Society’s commitment to the art of film, and we’re pleased to present the films with a little fun and fine dining as well," said Tom Stephenson, CEO, LOOK Cinemas.





Opening Night Films



DIFF’s Opening Night Films are an appetizing sample of the diversity that this year’s Festival has on the menu at LOOK Cinemas .



Starring Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, and Ario Bayu, JAVA HEAT is written, directed and produced by the father - son team of Conor and Rob Allyn. This action-thriller about two cops who team up to thwart a terrorist plot to steal the Sultan’s royal treasure will experience its World Premiere at DIFF. Star Kellan Lutz will be in attendance opening night.



Director Lucy Walker’s THE CRASH REEL is an intimate and eye-popping look at U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s rise and fall and ultimate rise again. Walker uses years of vérité footage to expose the excitement, appeal, and the high stakes of participating in extreme-action sports.



STILL MINE is director Michael McGowan’s exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting true story about a couple in their twilight years who fight for their right to live their lives together as they see fit.



Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian Islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl’s idea and the evens surrounding the group’s voyage.



Influential Italian director Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 rounds out the film offerings for opening night with a 50th Anniversary Screening. Part of the Festival’s spotlight on Italian films, the 1963 avant-garde film won two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language and Best Costume Design and is considered a true classic. The film centers on Guido Anselmi, a renowned director, struggling to reconcile his artistic and personal demons.





Opening Day Festivities



As part of the opening festivities, the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation has partnered with The Larry Hagman Foundation, Dallas Film Society and LOOK Cinemas to present a matinee screening of the animated film THE CROODS for more than 100 elementary and middle school students from Dallas. To enhance their experience, the students will have the opportunity to walk the Red Carpet and to participate in a Q&A with filmmakers following the screening.



"I am grateful for the opportunity for the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation to sponsor the Dallas International Film Festival for the fourth year in memory of my uncle, Robert S. Benjamin, the late chairman of United Artists,” said Arthur E. Benjamin.



“It is especially personal for me this year in funding a partnership with The Larry Hagman Foundation to remember a great ‘Dallas Point of Light’ by recognizing Mr. Hagman's works and his contributions to the needy kids of Dallas. Larry was my friend, my mentor and one of those ‘bigger than life personalities’ that touched one's life and heart in such a way that things are never the same again. We are grateful to remember him in this special way , ” concluded Benjamin.






Centerpiece Films



Three films will be spotlighted during the Festival as this year’s Centerpiece Films. Logan Miller’s SWEETWATER, Steve n Bernstein’s DECODING ANNIE PARKER and writer - director Brian Helgeland’s 42 will be screened in DIFF’s coveted Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday Centerpiece slots, respectively.



SWEETWATER stars Ed Harris and January Jones in an old-fashioned, 1800s Western directed by Logan Miller. Against the backdrop of the American Old West, newlyweds struggle to make a living cultivating their patch of land in the magnificent New Mexico countryside, while a powerful landowner and community preacher, Prophet Josiah, makes a play for their property. As he launches his diabolical plot to take their land, an eccentric big-city sheriff comes to town and things soon go from bad to worse, culminating in a jaw dropping, hell-hath-no-fury showdown in this intense, but humorous, film. SWEETWATER will be screened at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Prolific character actor, Stephen Root will join co-writers Noah Miller and Logan Miller , director, for this Centerpiece celebration.



DECODING ANNIE PARKER is a feature film by writer/director Steven Bernstein, based on the real lives of two extraordinary women separated by thousands of miles, by circumstance, background and education. Yet their two lives gradually intertwine until a final singular life changing reckoning. It is the story of Annie Parker (played by Samantha Morton) a young woman who loses her mother and sister to breast cancer and when diagnosed with the disease herself, fights back against immeasurable odds and survives. It is also the story of Mary Claire King, the geneticist whose discovery of the BRCA1 gene and its link to breast cancer was one of the most important medical advancements of the 20th century. Cast includes Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Corey Stoll, Ben McKenzie, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff. DECODING ANNIE PARKER will be screened at the Angelika Film Center on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Director Steven Bernstein and Annie Parker herself will be in attendance along with Dallas’ own, Johnathan Brownlee, executive producer.



Completing the Centerpiece lineup is the film 42, which represents the jersey number of the great Jackie Robinson. 42 recounts Robinson’s history-making career as the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Starting as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson broke the baseball color line on April 15, 1947—nearly a decade before racial segregation in the U.S. would be ruled unconstitutional. 42 will be screened on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cinemark West Plano 10. Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson ’s daughter, will be attending this Centerpiece screening.





Passes and Tickets



DIFF Passes are now available at the online Prekindle Box Office at www.DallasFilm.org and at the Prekindle Main Box Office located on the southeast side of Mockingbird Station on the first floor, next to Urban Taco ( 469-547-1230) . Prices range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:



· All-access pass to all screenings

· One invitation to the Opening Night Screening and Gala on April 4, 2013, subject to availability

· Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival

· Access for one person to the Festival Lounge (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol)

· Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions

· Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise



For a fast and easy guide on “How to Fest,” watch the video at http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/how-to-fest-its-easy-watch-the-video/ or visit http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/fest-info/getting-around/how-to-fest/





About 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, scheduled for April 4-14, 2013, 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, call (214) 720-0555, or visit www.DallasFilm.org. The offices of the Dallas Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219.





2013 Dallas International Film Festival Sponsors


ABCO; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, LLP; Alamo Drafthouse DFW; Angelika Film Center; Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation; Arts + Culture Magazine; Austin Film Festival; AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers; Balloons Everyday; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; BuyLED’s; CBS Radio; Cinelease; Cinemark USA, Inc.; Colibri Promotions; Commerce House, LP; Community Trust Bank; The Container Store; Crow Collection of Asian Art; CultureMap; D Magazine; Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dallas Film Commission; Dallas Morning News; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Observer; Deep Eddy Vodka; Division of Film and Media Arts – SMU; Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Earth Day Dallas; El Creative; Flagship Marketing; Forte Prime; FunFlicks; Gemini Light, Sound & Video; GrandLuxe Magazine; Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities; Hotel Palomar/Central 214; InformateDFW; KellyKitchensPR.com; Klyde Warren Park; Kung Fu Saloon; La Madeleine; LOOK Cinemas; Mary Kay, Inc.; Matthews Southwest; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary; Media 2-Way Radio; Mockingbird Station; Mockingbird Taproom; Modern Luxury; Modia Home Theater; Movie Magic; MPS Studios Dallas; My Sweet Charity; Nasher Sculpture Center; NYLO Dallas South Side; Panavision; PaperCity; Pencilneck Software; PlainsCapital Bank; Post Asylum; Prekindle; Pure Evil Sound & Music Design; ReelFX; Rentex; SAGIndie; Salon Pompeo; ScreenFX Academy; Southwest Airlines; Stella Artois; Texas Association of Film Commissions; Texas Capital Bank; Texas Film Commission; Time Warner Cable; Two Sisters Catering; TXU Energy; UBER; Univision Radio; Univision TV; Urban Taco; Vergent Communications; Well Go USA Entertainment; West Village; WFAA; Whole Foods; and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.





About AutoNation Volkswagen Dealerships

Boardwalk Volkswagen, McKinney Volkswagen and Park Cities Volkswagen are now AutoNation. Coast to Coast, AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer. Now Dallas and Ft Worth can join the over 43 million* Happy Customers who have called on AutoNation when buying or servicing their cars and trucks. You’ll get our low, SmartChoice Pricing right upfront on new and used vehicles. And, you can buy with confidence thanks to our Money Back Guarantee**. AutoNation Volkswagen offers the absolute best selection and price in the Metroplex in addition to their state of the art Service Departments.


Dallas Ft Worth, Welcome to AutoNation.



*Based on total number of service visits at AutoNation owed stores between January ’03-Decemeber ’12 plus total number of sales or lease transactions since 1996. Customer is defined as a single service visit and each new or used vehicle sale or lease transaction. **3 days or 150 miles, whichever comes first. See store for terms and conditions, some restrictions may apply. © Copyright 1996-2013 AutoNation, Inc.




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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DIFF Presents Free Family-friendly Festival





2013 Dallas International Film Festival

Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers Announces

Family Day

Presented by Texas Capital Bank



Free Family-friendly Festival for Kids and Adults to Celebrate Fun of Film



THE SANDLOT to be screened outdoors in Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park




Dallas, TX, March 19, 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced the line-up for its free Family Day celebration. Presented by Texas Capital Bank, Family Day will kick off Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the new Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, and will conclude with a free 20th-anniversary outdoor screening of the childhood baseball classic, THE SANDLOT.



Young film lovers will be able to create crafts, including making their very own microphone, popcorn box and “Walk of Fame” star. They can also decorate their own celebrity sunglasses and then sport those Hollywood-style shades as they strut the Red Carpet for photos. Also, kids can get their faces painted, jump in the bounce house, visit the balloon artist and check out the buzz from Texas Honey Bee Guild.



“We are excited to have Family Day in the heart of Dallas in the Arts District at Klyde Warren Park,” said Renee Contreras, Director of Education, Membership and Outreach for the Dallas Film Society. “What an opportunity to entertain, educate and share the love of film and glitter of Hollywood.”





The schedule of entertainment for the 2013 DIFF Family Day presented by Texas Capital Bank includes:



2:00 p.m. Trevor Haueisen

2:30 p.m. Kitty Carter Dance Factory

3:00 p.m. DMA Resident Storyteller Ann Marie Newman

3:30 p.m. David Chicken

4:00 p.m. Dallas Opera

4:30 p.m. Bowman Ensemble

5:00 p.m. Southern Gentleman from Southern Methodist University

5:30 p.m. Dallas Wind Symphony Tuba Quartet

8:00 p.m. 20th Anniversary Screening of THE SANDLOT





The grand finale for Family Day is a free, outdoor, 20th anniversary screening of THE SANDLOT at 8 p.m. on April 6 in Klyde Warren Park. This beloved classic follows a group of neighborhood boys and their misadventures as they play ball during the summer of 1962. Directed by David M. Evans, the film stars Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Arliss Howard, Denis Leary, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones.



Family Day festivities in Klyde Warren Park are free and open to everyone.





In addition to an abundance of free, outdoor activities, Family Day features the following ticketed DIFF family-friendly movie screenings:



5:15 p.m. April 6 and 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Angelika

CHAMPION (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Kevin Nations, Robin Nations

The story of a city girl and a country dog prove that the heart of a champion never dies. Shot in San Antonio, the film stars Dora Madison Burge (“Friday Night Lights”), Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana”) and Lance Henriksen (ALIENS and THE TERMINATOR)




12 p.m. April 7 at Angelika and 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Magnolia

CHARLIE: TOY STORY (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Garry A. Brown

Ten-year old Caden and his best friend Charlie, a golden retriever, are visiting Caden’s father at his “Wonder Toy Store.” His father has just unveiled his newest and greatest invention: Wondermation, a little science mixed with a little imagination and the most amazing toy in the world!




11:45 a.m. April 6 and 2:30 p.m. April 7 at Angelika

STACKER (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Jeremi Mattern

Begun in California in the early 1980s, competitive cup stacking is a lesser-known but growing sport. In STACKER, director Jeremi Mattern documents the fast-paced lives of young athletes as they train for and compete in the annual World Sport Stacking Championships in Denver, Colorado, with more than 300 competitors from across the globe battling it out in lightning-quick rounds with the odds quite literally stacked against them.





Passes and Tickets

DIFF Passes are now available at the online Prekindle Box Office at www.DallasFilm.org and at the Prekindle Main Box Office located on the southeast side of Mockingbird Station on the first floor, next to Urban Taco (469-547-1230). Prices range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:



· All-access pass to all screenings

· One invitation to the Opening Night Screening and Gala on April 4, 2013, subject to availability

· Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival

· Access for one person to the Festival Lounge (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol)

· Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions

· Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise



For a fast and easy guide on “How to Fest,” watch the video at http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/how-to-fest-its-easy-watch-the-video/

or visit http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/fest-info/getting-around/how-to-fest/






About 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, scheduled for April 4-14, 2013, 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, call (214) 720-0555, or visit www.DallasFilm.org. The offices of the Dallas Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219.





2013 Dallas International Film Festival Sponsors


ABCO; Akin Gump Stauss Hauer and Feld, LLP; Alamo Drafthouse DFW; Angelika Film Center; Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation; Arts + Culture Magazine; Austin Film Festival; AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers; Balloons Everyday; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; BUY LED's; CBS Radio; Cinelease; Cinemark USA, Inc.; Colibri Promotions; Commerce House/Pand and Mark Denesuk; Community Trust Bank; The Container Store; Crow Collection of Asian Art; Culture Map; D Magazine; Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau; Dallas Film Commission; Dallas Morning News; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Observer; Deep Eddy Vodka; Division of Film and Media Arts – SMU; Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Earth Day Dallas; El Creative; Flagship Marketing; Forte Prime; FunFlicks; Gemini Light, Sound & Video; GrandLuxe Magazine; Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities; Hotel Palomar/Central 214; InformateDFW; KellyKitchensPR.com; Klyde Warren Park; Kung Fu Saloon; La Madeleine; LOOK Cinemas; Mary Kay, Inc.; Matthews Southwest; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary; Media 2-Way Radio; Mockingbird Station; Mockingbird Taproom; Modern Luxury; Modia Home Theater; Movie Magic; MPS Studios Dallas; My Sweet Charity; Nasher Sculpture Center; NYLO Dallas South Side; Panavision; PaperCity; Pencilneck Software; Plains Capital Bank; Post Asylum; Prekindle; Pure Evil Sound & Music Design; ReelFX; Rentex; SAGIndie; Salon Pompeo; ScreenFX Academy; Southwest Airlines; Stella Artois; Texas Association of Film Commissions; Texas Capital Bank; Texas Film Commission; Time Warner Cable; Two Sisters Catering; TXU Energy; UBER; Univision Radio; Univision TV; Vergent Communications; WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT; West Village; WFAA; Whole Foods; and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.



About AutoNation Volkswagen Dealerships


Boardwalk Volkswagen, McKinney Volkswagen and Park Cities Volkswagen are now AutoNation. Coast to Coast, AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer. Now Dallas and Ft Worth can join the over 43 million* Happy Customers who have called on AutoNation when buying or servicing their cars and trucks. You’ll get our low, SmartChoice Pricing right upfront on new and used vehicles. And, you can buy with confidence thanks to our Money Back Guarantee**. AutoNation Volkswagen offers the absolute best selection and price in the Metroplex in addition to their state of the art Service Departments.


Dallas Ft Worth, Welcome to AutoNation.



*Based on total number of service visits at AutoNation owed stores between January ’03-Decemeber ’12 plus total number of sales or lease transactions since 1996. Customer is defined as a single service visit and each new or used vehicle sale or lease transaction. **3 days or 150 miles, whichever comes first. See store for terms and conditions, some restrictions may apply. © Copyright 1996-2013 AutoNation, Inc.



About Texas Capital Bank


Texas Capital Bank is a commercial bank that delivers highly personalized financial services to businesses and individuals. Headquartered in Dallas, the bank has full-service locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Texas Capital Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCBI), a member of the Russell 2000® Index and the S&P SmallCap 600®. For more information, please visit www.texascapitalbank.com.





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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Movies Scheduled for the Week of 3/17 - 3/23


OK...there's a few screening this week where the locations have been marked "tba". If you happen to have gotten a pass for it, please email the moderator do those blanks can be filled in.

What is it about a seat marked "reserved" that people don't understand? Unless you were told that a seat was specifically saved for you and your party, what makes a person think that it's OK to sit there? Taking the sign off the seat won't work either because the reps know which seats where saved for the press, VIP's, contest winners, etc. And don't act all put out when you are told to vacate those seats. This is a free screening folks. The people offering this screening are allowed to rope off any amount of seats they need. We are lucky that we get invited to fill the remaining space. It's a privilege not a right. Hanging out on the stairs by those seats that may or not be filled will keep you from finding a decent seat while you have the chance. Get in and sit somewhere.

March 17 - March 23

Sun
Mar 17

Rogue - A DIRECTV Original Series - 7:00 pm - Studio Movie Grill Royal
Q&A with actors Joshua Sasse and Leah Gibson
With FREE POPCORN AND SODA!

Mon
Mar 18

Olympus Has Fallen - 7:30 pm - AMC Northpark

Tue
Mar 19

Croods - 7:00 pm - tba Dallas

Wed
Mar 20

Starbuck - 7:00 pm - Magnolia
The Host - 7:30 pm - tba Dallas
Olympus Has Fallen - 7:30 pm - AMC Valley View

Thu
Mar 21

Evil Dead - 7:30 pm - tba Denton
Admission - 7:30 pm - Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley

Fri
Mar 22

Sat
Mar 23

Jurassic Park 3D - 10:00 am - tba North Dallas




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Friday, March 15, 2013

Stoker






The invasion of South Korea directors fortunately included Park Chan Wook who brought us the classic Oldboy. In his first American feature he brings his particular vision to the script by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson (Chole). Every shot is meticulous, soaking in the lush estate and surrounding woods, large round sculpted boulders, and the stylistic perfectly appointed rooms of the house. Even the costumes accentuate the coldness of the family within.

India (Mia Washikowska) doesn't like to be touched. It's disconcerting for her mother Evie (Nicole Kidman) who felt like an outsider as India preferred the company of her father Richard (Dermont Mulroney). It's her 18th birthday. Every year she gets a pair of black and white saddle shoes. In this year's box, there's a key. India always believed it was her father who gave her the shoes. So she wasn't ready to hear that her father was killed in a accident. At the funeral she meets Charlie (Mathew Goode) an uncle that she never knew existed. Her mother tells her that Charlie lived abroad from even before she met Richard. Charlie is full of sympathy and the needy unstable Evie invites him to stay at their house. India doesn't trust him. He's handsome, he's smiling, he genuinely seems to care.

Their housekeeper hasn't returned to the house since the funeral. Evie and India remark that it is strange to the ever smiling Charlie. Aunt Gin (Jackie Weaver) comes by after the funeral when she hears that Charlie has come to the house. Evie has a grunge against Aunt Gin and doesn't want to have a private talk with her. Gin slips her phone number to India. She tells Charlie that she's staying at the Baltimore, but tells the taxi to take her to another place. And for good reason. Little by little the natures of mom, daughter and the uncle are peeled away mostly through the perspective of India.

The performances are very cool and distant. The inherent weirdness of Charlie and India make Evie seem almost normal. Charlie whose good looks and earnestness seem slightly off as he tries to convince India of his sincerity. Especially creepy is the scene where Charlie and India do a duet on the piano the viewer is left wondering if it's India's sexual awakening or her imagination. When she catches her mom making a move on a responsive Charlie she runs away from her house and finds something about her self that she never knew before. There's a moment in the shower that will feel very uncomfortable afterwards.

Compared to Oldboy or Lady Vengeance this is one very repressed film by Park. It's still incredibly beautifully shot with music by Phillip Glass and Nancy Sinatra at choice moments. This Hitchcock type of psychological thriller is like a modern update of 1943's Shadow of a Doubt that had an uncle re-emerge who turns out to be more than what he seems. This not really a movie for everyone. It may be a little too pervy for some audiences. It may not be as satisfying as Oldboy, but it's a solid film and hope to see more of this director.
(Review by reesa)




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Upside Down





The son of one of Argentina's most important directors, Juan Solanas, has written and directed a romantic fantasy about two planets that have duel gravity. The Romeo and Juliet love story of star crossed sweethearts who live above and below is a visually stunning confection that lightly touches on the dystopian societies of the haves and have nots. The class struggle of the poor thinking the above world is full of wonders and the world below is full of ugly stupid people an attitude that exists in our own planet. There's also the theme of the clichéd big bad business exploiting the unfortunates in the world.

Adam (Jim Sturgess) is the narrator that attempts to explain that the twin worlds are unique in the universe as having two separate gravities. The complicated explanation is that matter is pulled by the gravity of it's own world, an objects weight can be offset by the matter from the opposite world which is called “inverse matter”, and long contact will cause inverse matter to burn. In this world, those above are rich, while the world below is in ruins and a source for cheap labor. Transworld is the major corporation that controls the energy between the two worlds. It buys cheap oil from below and sells it back at at higher rate. Adam had lost both his parents in a oil refinery explosion and he goes to live with his aunt in the country. It's there that she teaches him the family secret of the bees and their pink pollen. Travel between the world is strictly forbidden, but the bees are the only living creature that go from one world to another. While studying the bees he meets Eden (Kristen Dunst) from above while sitting on a mountain crag. As children they begin a friendship, that eventually becomes deeper despite the danger. Adam uses a rope to pull Eden into his world. Being together makes them an anti-gravity object which floats. When they are discovered together they try to go back to their own world. Eden is injured and she loses her memory.

Ten years later Adam is using the bee pollen to develop a cosmetic face lift cream. But he doesn't have the resources in his world to make it work properly. Adam sees Eden who he thought had died on TV telling of a contest to work for Transworld. This is a way for him to find her, and to work on his project. He makes friends with an above worker Bob (Timothy Spall) who helps him track down Eden. Eventually, the lovers will find a way to each other and getting to that point is interesting and unusual if somewhat typical romantic interludes of flirting, anger, remorse, and forgiveness.

What makes this movie so amazing is the visuals. The M.C.Escher style of world can be dizzy at times. Where the worlds sort of connect, there's sometimes mirror structures above and below. A dance hall has tango couples strutting on the ceiling. Adam's work cubicles are above and below with his fellow employee's all interacting. Going to a face to face with your boss makes one have to strap yourself in a seat while he elevates you while you converse upside down. The method that Adam uses to go “above” is a exciting sequence that reveals that going to the bathroom in inverse gravity is problematic. The ending may seem a little rushed, but when you leave the theater you may be looking at the ceiling for people walking upside down above you.
(Review by reesa)





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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone





The cast alone sounds like one big comedy hoe down with Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Olivia Wilde. And then put everyone in sequins and Las Vegas with vintage 70's bad haircuts and what you get is The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Television director Don Scardino and Horrible Bosses writer Jonathan M. Goldstein with John Francis Daley shine their attention on Siegfried and Roy style superstar magicians who are challenged by a Criss Angel type of street performer Steve Gray. If you are looking for real magic, it's not here. This is more like what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

Burt (Steve Carell) was a bullied kid who got a Rance Holloway magic kit. On the VHS tape Rance tells his students that magic will blow people's minds and everyone loves a magician. At school, he's still bullied, but he meets Anthony (later as Steve Buscemi), a sickly, homely kid, who offers to be his partner. Their childhood friendship and ideas on their tricks takes them to a 10 year career working for Doug (James Gandolfini) as the main headliner “Burt and Anton: A Magical Friendship”. Burt has grown up to be a vain, egotistical, womanizer. Their assistant who they always name “Nicole” quits in disgust before they go on stage. Jane (Olivia Wilde) a backstage employee gets roped into being the new “Nicole”. Their act is tired and hasn't changed since they started. They can't compete with the wild and crazy Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), a buff, long haired street performer of dangerous stunts like holding his pee for a week, sleeping on hot fiery coals or cut a missing card out of his cheek. Burt and Anton are losing their audience and Doug wants to shut them down unless they can update their show. Burt stubbornly doesn't think they need to change. Anton suggests that they stay in a plastic box for week suspended in the air by a crane. The newest trick doesn't last long with Burt managing to alienate his audience, his boss, and most of all his long time partner and friend Anton.

The first part of the movie is enduring the preening Burt who can't see that he's now sunk so low that he's forced to do sample demo magic to sell products at Big Lots. It's not until he takes a job trying to entertain at a senior home for old Vegas performers where he meets his childhood hero who inspired him, Rance (Alan Arkin). Burt begins to see that like Rance, he has lost the joy of magic. The rest of the movie is spent trying to learn to love what he does again with the help of his friends who should have dumped him a long time ago for his bad behavior. Doug is having a competition for a new magician for his newest hotel concept. Who ever wins will get a contract and Steve Gray is Doug's brightest hope.

It should be noted that Gray's “tricks” are really gory stunts and probably not good for kids who think they are going to see a family comedy. In fact most of the so called comedy is just plain mean. Having said that, Carrey is probably the only funny one in the film despite his gross attempts to out do his rivals' attempt for a come back. The last magic that Burt and Anton come up with comes from their childhood idea book. Making the audience disappear. How they do it comes after you think the movie ended. Makes one wish for a little Penn and Teller.
(Review by reesa)



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Monday, March 11, 2013

Dallas International Film Festival 2013 Full Film Listing







Dallas International Film Festival

Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers

Announces List of All Films Screening

During 11-Day Festival






Dallas, TX, March 11, 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today its full list of features and shorts that will be screened through the Festival’s 11-day run (April 4 – 14, 2013).



For the 2013 Festival, more than 160 features, documentaries, shorts and student films representing 28 countries make DIFF truly an international Festival. Of the feature films at the Festival, 11 will see their world premieres and two are North American premieres—all represent some of the best in the art of filmmaking. These films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions from around the world.



The 2013 Festival is featuring one country in particular for its contribution to the art of film: Italy. From classic films to new works, the cinematic achievements of Italian filmmakers are being highlighted as this year’s DIFF cultural spotlight.



“From family-friendly fare featuring girls with their dogs and a cup-stacking contest to challenging documentaries that bring you into the daily lives of some of the world’s most interesting people—well known and unknown alike—the variety of films offered truly define our Festival,” said James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas International Film Festival.



“They range from funny and light-hearted to thought-provoking and generation-defining. The one thing these diverse films have in common is that these filmmakers are telling stories with the spirit and creativity that is the hallmark of independent filmmaking,” Faust concluded.




The 2013 Dallas International Film Festival full schedule





Centerpiece Films




42 (USA)

Director: Brian Helgeland

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.



DECODING ANNIE PARKER (USA)

Director: Steve Bernstein

The story of Anne Parker, a sharp-witted, funny and irrepressible young woman who watches her mother, then sister, fall victim to breast cancer. When she herself is later diagnosed with the disease, Anne resolves to fight back against immeasurable odds.



SWEETWATER (USA)

Director: Logan Miller

Against the backdrop of the American Old West, newlyweds struggle to make a living cultivating their patch of land in the magnificent New Mexico countryside. Soon a powerful landowner and community preacher, Prophet Josiah, makes a play for their property. As he launches his diabolical plot to take their land, an eccentric big-city sheriff comes to town and things soon go from bad to worse, culminating in a jaw dropping, hell-hath-no-fury showdown in this intense but humorous film.





Premiere Series



THE BRASS TEAPOT (USA)

Director: Ramaa Mosley

THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical comedy starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, based on the comic book series about a broke couple in their mid-20s who find a mysterious, magical brass teapot that gives them money every time they (or others) are hurt near it. After realizing the teapot’s powers, John and Alice must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dreams of wealth.



JAVA HEAT (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Conor Allyn

Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz star in an action-thriller about two cops who team up to thwart a terrorist plot to steal the Sultan's royal treasure.



KINGS OF SUMMER (USA)

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends—Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias)—who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family—whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create—is something you can't run away from. Brought to DIFF by CBS Films.



KON-TIKI (UK/Norway/Denmark/Germany)


Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.



MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (Canada/UK)

Director: Deepa Mehta

At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman, and Shiva, the offspring of wealthy Muslims, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. Directed by Oscar-nominated director, Deepa Mehta and executive produced by Dallas’ Doug Mankoff, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie.



MUD (USA)

Director: Jeff Nichols

This homespun fable is set on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Ellis and Neckbone are best friends approaching the twilight of their youth. While exploring, they stumble upon the hiding place of a charismatic outlaw, Mud, who recruits the boys to his cause: the search for true love and a clean getaway. Viewers are thrown into the middle of a lush adventure, ensnaring the excitement every youngster feels when trouble lurks everywhere and anything is possible. Steeped in the vanishing myth of the Deep South, this film’s handcrafted vision shines through with vibrant imagination and sumptuous attention to detail in each richly textured frame and proves a tall tale for the ages.



STILL MINE (USA)

Director: Michael McGowan

This exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting true story is about a couple in their twilight years fighting for their right to live their lives together as they see fit. At home in rural New Brunswick, Canada, retired couple Craig and Irene Morrison are used to doing things their way. While industrial architecture dominates the landscape, the Morrisons have maintained their traditional farm and slower-paced way of life. Even when she falls ill, he decides to build a new, more suitable home rather than leaving behind the land they’ve loved for decades. But their plans are stalled when a government inspector makes it his personal mission to shut down progress on the new house.



UNFINISHED SONG (UK/Germany)

Director: Paul Andrew Williams

At his late stage in life, Arthur is perpetually grumpy. His beloved wife Marion is terminally ill, and there seems to be little left in their lives to keep them going. When she can no longer participate in her local seniors’ choir, he reluctantly takes her place in an attempt to make her happy. Thrust into this new, awkward environment—complete with renditions of songs such as “Let’s Talk About Sex”—the joy of music nevertheless begins to reawaken parts of Arthur. A luminous performance from two legendary British cinema icons that takes an endearing look at the grand performance that is life where music soothes, but all performances must come to an end.





Narrative Feature Competition



AZOOMA (South Korea)

Director: Jiseung Lee

Young Nam is horrified to find out her daughter had been raped on her way home from school. After trying and failing several times to get justice for her daughter, Young Nam sets out to catch the rapist and exact revenge in the only way she knows: vigilante justice.



C.O.G. (USA)

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

In the first film adaptation of a David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.



THE DIRTIES (Canada)

Director: Matt Johnson

Matt and Owen are best friends who live in a world of endless movie references and hijinks. It would be perfect, if not for the cruel bullies at their high school who make their lives hell. While working on a movie for class, the lines between fiction and reality blur together in this horrifying look at high school bullying.



DIVING NORMAL (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Kristjan Thor

Fulton, an ambitious Brooklynite graphic novelist, and Gordon, his socially awkward neighbor, are best friends who vie for the attention of Dana, a beautiful but damaged girl. Fulton and Dana begin dating, but the increasingly complicated situation is compounded by their pasts of abandonment, accident, and sexual deviation. After discovering that Fulton has gone to visit his ex-girlfriend, things take a dark turn as Dana relapses and debases with drugs and alcohol. Gordon becomes Dana's caretaker, and as they grow closer, the trio's relationships are tested. Based on a play, DIVING NORMAL explores loyalty amongst friends and lovers, as well as the heartbreaking personal struggle of becoming an adult.



JUMP (Ireland)

Director: Kieron J. Walsh

JUMP follows the lives of four 20-somethings whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland, in a night of fast talk, coincidence and intrigue.



LAURENCE ANYWAYS (Canada)


Director: Xavier Dolan

In the ‘90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend, Fred, that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds and in spite of each other, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the council of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend.



A TEACHER (USA)

Director: Hannah Fidell

A high school teacher in Austin, Texas, has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.





Documentary Feature Competition



BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES (USA) – World Premiere


Director: Sushrut Jain

As India, host of the 2011 World Cup of Cricket, begins its campaign to win the Cup after a 28-year drought, three ordinary Indians — a penniless superfan, a 12-year old cricket prodigy, and a girl cricketer from Mumbai’s slums — seek their salvation from a difficult life through their passion for cricket.



GOD LOVES UGANDA (USA) - ♥

Director: Roger Ross Williams

GOD LOVES UGANDA explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.



ICEBERG SLIM: POTRAIT OF A PIMP (USA)

Director: Jorge Hinojosa

ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP examines the tumultuous life of this pimp/author from the 1940s. The documentary features interviews with Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T and archival interviews with Iceberg Slim.



SMALL SMALL THING (USA) - ♥

Director: Jessica Vale

Rape is still the number one crime in Liberia despite intervention from the UN and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's government. SMALL SMALL THING follows the dramatic life and struggles of 9-year-old Olivia, who was raped in Liberia when she was just 7 years old.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY (USA) - ♥

Director: Cullen Hoback

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY explores the intent hidden within those terms and conditions and privacy policies that you never read, and reveals what corporations and governments are legally taking from you when you click "I Accept."



WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS (USA)

Director: AJ Schnack, David Boone Wilson
WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, a remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the United States. As Branson faces economic uncertainty and changes in attitudes on social issues, the interwoven sagas of these performing families form a composite both of Branson and of contemporary America.




Documentary Showcase




BLOOD BROTHER (USA)
- ♥

Director: Steve Hoover

Rocky Braat never really liked kids. But because of a whimsical choice he made five years ago, he now lives in Tamil Nadu, India, caring for a group of HIV positive orphans. They’re his life, and his visa is up for review. The odds are he’ll be sent away from those he loves most. The only chance he has is to become an Indian citizen, and let go, forever, of any hold his friends and family in America still have on him.



THE CRASH REEL (USA)

Director: Lucy Walker

This eye-popping, yet intimate, story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce uses years of vérité footage to expose the excitement and appeal, as well as the high stakes, of participating in extreme-action sports.



THE OTHER SHORE (USA)


Director: Timothy Wheeler

THE OTHER SHORE follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a 30-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles nonstop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage.



VENUS & SERENA (USA)


Director: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major

In VENUS & SERENA, we gain unprecedented access into the lives of the polarizing tennis pros during the most intimidating year of their career.





World Cinema



BACK TO 1942 (China)

Director: Xiaogang Feng

A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan.



BLANCANIEVES (Spain)

Director: Pablo Berger

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale, set in 1920s Seville, centers on a female bullfighter. This black-and-white, silent film won 10 2013 Goya Awards, Spain’s Oscars, including Best Film.



A COMPANY MAN (South Korea) – North American Premiere


Director: Sang-yoon Lim

One of the firm's best killers and a loyal employee is assigned on a job with a newbie who is supposed to be killed afterwards. The professional killer meets his colleague’s mother who turns out to be a one-hit wonder singer he adored as a teenager. After meeting her, he starts dreaming about a normal life.



HANNAH ARENDT (Germany/Luxembourg/France)

Director: Margarethe Von Trotta

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.



A HIJACKING (Denmark)


Director: Tobias Lindholm

Somali pirates hijack a Danish cargo ship. The pirates engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.



IN THE HOUSE (France)


Director: François Ozon

A 16-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work.



LORD MONTAGU (USA)


Director: Luke Korem

As the youngest member in parliament and sole heir to his family's 7,000-acre English estate, Lord Edward Montagu's life was rich and privileged. In 1954, Edward was arrested for homosexual offenses and eventually sentenced to a year in prison. Despite the odds against him, Montagu persevered to become a prominent national figure by turning his estate into one of England's greatest tourist attractions.



RENOIR (France)

Director: Gilles Bourdos

Set in the French Riviera during the summer of 1915, RENOIR paints a portrait of the last years in the life of famous impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.



RISING FROM ASHES (USA/Rwanda/UK/South Africa)
- ♥

Director: T.C. Johnstone

RISING FROM ASHES is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team.



TAI CHI HERO (China) – North American Premiere

Director: Stephen Fung

Chinese Steampunk martial arts blockbuster unfolds the early years of Tai Chi master, Yang Luchan, the 19th Century man who founded the most popular Tai Chi style in the world.



WOLF CHILDREN (Japan)

Director: Mamoru Hosada
Hana falls in love with a strange young man. He turns out to be a mysterious half-wolf, half-man descendant. When her husband dies, Hana is left alone to raise their two children.



ZAYTOUN (UK/Israel/France)

Director: Eran Riklis

In war-torn Beirut in 1982, a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across Lebanon back to their home.





Latino Showcase




7 BOXES (Paraguay)


Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori

Victor receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content through the market, but things get complicated along the way.



CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD (Argentina/Spain/Brazil)

Director: Benjamin Avila

After years of political exile, 12-year old, Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities in 1979. This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love.



MAN FROM THE FUTURE (Brazil)

Director: Claudio Torres

Zero is a brilliant scientist, who was publicly humiliated 20 years ago by his secret college love, Helena. An accidental experiment catapults him back in time to confront the situation.



POST TENEBRAS LUX (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)

Director: Carlos Reygadas

Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. Nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.




Italian Spotlight



8 ½ (Italy/France - 1963) – 50th Anniversary Screening

Director: Federico Fellini

Fellini’s post-war European art film, 8½, was a meta-cinematic reflection by the established Italian auteur as he was influenced by earlier French New Wave films. In 8 ½, Guido Anselmi is a renowned director struggling to reconcile his artistic and personal demons.



THE FUTURE (Italy/Chile/Germany/Spain)

Director: Alicia Scherson

When their parents die, two orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca meets a retired Mr. Universe and enters his dark mansion in search of a future.



LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Italy - 1997)

Director: Roberto Benigni

A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humor, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.



ME AND YOU (Italy)

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

An introverted teenager tells his parents he going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo’s older half-sister, Olivia, changes everything. A few emotional days and nights with Olivia inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes.



REALITY (Italy/France)

Director: Matteo Garrone

Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.





Texas Competition in partnership with PANAVISION



THE BOUNCEBACK (USA)


Director: Bryan Poyser

Breaking up is hard to do. Being hopelessly in love and trying to endure a bros weekend in the same city as your ex makes it even harder.



CRY (USA) – World Premiere


Director: Clay Luther

Cable is a lonely man facing the final decision of his life. Carson is a sullen teenager struggling with his first adult choices. When a small tragedy entangles their lives, they discover how to escape their self-imposed fortresses of solitude.



GOOD NIGHT (USA)

Director: Sean H.A. Gallagher

Leigh's 29th birthday party takes a sudden turn when she announces that the evening may be the last time her friends see her alive. This news ripples the unsuspecting party guests like an earthquake. Emotional reactions range from complete denial to extreme melancholy—all of it leading to a night of questions, coping and debauchery.



PIT STOP (USA)

Director: Yen Tan

Filmed and set in Texas, PIT STOP paints a portrait of multiple lovers recovering from loss. After an affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the lasting love of his daughter and ex-wife, while on the other side of town, Ernesto spends his free time in the hospital caring for a past love trapped in a coma. This subtle and moving film captures the enduring hope of people temporarily stalled on the highway of life.



RUSHLIGHTS (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Antoni Stutz

A riveting psychological thriller with a teenage twist, RUSHLIGHTS revolves around two delinquent young lovers from the suburbs of Los Angeles, traveling to a small Texas town to falsely claim a dead friend's inheritance.



THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE (USA)

Director: Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca

A struggling family’s dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy. THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, a slice-of-life drama, takes place in the Texas Hill Country.



TOMLINSON HILL (USA) – World Premiere - ♥

Director: Lisa Kaselak

TOMLINSON HILL takes its name from the former Texas slave plantation that now sits outside the small town of Marlin, Texas. Direct descendants here struggle to unify their crumbling community in the face of 150 years of class separation. The film traces this story through the eyes of two descendants – Chris Tomlinson and Loreane Tomlinson – one white, one black.




Family Friendly



CHAMPION (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Kevin Nations, Robin Nations

CHAMPION is a diamond-in-the-rough story about a cattle dog named Scout, who decides she doesn’t like herding cattle. Scout's owner, a rancher struggling to stay in business, pegs her as a useless, broken tool and has every intention of replacing her. When the rancher's city-slicker granddaughter, Madison, spends the summer on his ranch, the two outcasts form a special bond that ushers Scout into the new arena of Dog Agility Competitions.



CHARLIE: A TOY STORY (USA) - World Premiere

Director: Garry A. Brown

Ten-year old Caden and his best friend Charlie, a golden retriever, visits Caden's father Jack, at his Wonder Toy Store. Jack has unveiled to Caden his newest and greatest invention — Wondermation — a little science mixed with a little imagination, the most amazing toy in the world! Unbeknownst to Jack and Caden, bullies, Scooter and Robbie, overhear their conversation and come up with a plan to lure Jack away from the toy store, with the intent of stealing the Wondermation toy. The bullies plan to give the toy to Scooter's dad, Chip, Jack's workaholic competitor, who owns a large franchise toy store in town. Luckily for Jack, Caden and Charlie catch on to Scooter and Robbie's diabolical plan, and he and Charlie make a pact to defend his dad's store while he is out of town.



THE SANDLOT (USA - 1993) – 20th Anniversary Screening


Director: David M. Evans

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball buddies.



STACKER (USA)

Director: Jeremi Mattern

STACKER is an inspirational documentary film that follows several of the world's fastest cup stackers as they prepare for the World Sport Stacking Championships. Millions of students in over 35,000 schools across the world learn cup stacking as part of their curriculum, but only a select few have the drive and speed to become the world champion.




Deep Ellum Sounds



GIMME THE POWER (Mexico)

Directed by Olallo Rubio
A "rockumentary" about the Mexican Band Molotov, and the political, social and financial context where the band is born and developed.



GOOD OL' FREDA (USA)

Director: Ryan White

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. GOOD OL' FREDA is one of the few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music in the film.



I AM NOT A ROCKSTAR (Canada)

Director: Bobbi Krals-Hart

I AM NOT A ROCKSTAR provides a rare and candid look inside the world of classical music – a world where an elusive alchemy of sacrifice, talent and luck is required.



TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (USA)

Director: Morgan Neville

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but the public has no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.





Midnight Specials




BOUNTY KILLER (USA) - World Premiere

Director: Henry Saine

Born from the ashes of the Corporate Wars is a new breed of mercenary hunter — the bounty killer. These celebrity assassins hunt white-collar criminals to end the plague of corporate greed and provide the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution.



BUCK WILD (USA) - World Premiere

Director: Tyler Glodt

Set in Texas, BUCK WILD follows four friends whose hunting trip goes horribly, gruesomely awry after they accidentally shoot the deer lease’s owner. While covering their tracks, the boys get into even more of a mess that includes eccentric gang bangers, a seductress named Candy and a growing plague of zombies.



THE RAMBLER (USA)

Director: Calvin Lee Reeder

After release from prison, a solitary man known only as "The Rambler" (Dermot Mulroney) sets off on an increasingly bizarre journey across America. Along the way he meets strange characters and drifts between hallucinations and violence. THE RAMBLER pushes the boundaries of reality and narrative filmmaking with intriguing results.





Special Presentation



BETWEEN US (USA)

Director: Dan Mirvish

In this darkly comedic drama based on a hit off-Broadway play, two couples reunite over the course of two volatile evenings.



THE EXORCIST (USA — 1973) – 40th Anniversary Screening

Director: William Friedkin

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.



HE'S WAY MORE FAMOUS THAN YOU (USA)


Director: Michael Urie

When once up-and-coming indie film starlet Halley Feiffer loses her boyfriend, her agent and her career in one fell swoop, she finally realizes that something in her life has got to change—she has to become way more famous!



KILIMANJARO (USA)

Director: Walter Strafford

For years, Doug Collins, in his late 20s, has been wading through a unsatisfying job and an increasingly miserable relationship. After his girlfriend moves out, Doug pushes himself to live a more fulfilling life starting with a trek to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Life pushes back. In the face of challenges from every direction, Doug struggles to make his way to the mountaintop.



PETUNIA (USA)


Director: Ash Christian

PETUNIA is a film about a dysfunctional family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown and how they pick up the pieces.



SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (USA - 1957)

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.





Community Showcase



CHASING SHAKESPEARE (USA) – World Premiere

Director: Norry Niven

CHASING SHAKESPEARE is a beautiful, enchanting, love story about a young Native American woman's search for her destiny and her widower husband's attempts to reunite with her after her death.



WINGS OF LIFE (USA)

Director: Louie Schwartzberg

WINGS OF LIFE launches into the stories of selected animal characters—a bat, a hummingbird, a butterfly, and a bee—stories that reveal the extraordinary importance of flowers and their pollinator partners. The animals and the flowers reveal a seductive dance that feeds the earth, and today that dance is threatened.





Shorts Competition




#POSTMODEM (USA)

Directors: Julian Mayer, Lucas Leyva

#POSTMODEM is a comedic, satirical sci-fi pop-musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It's the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity told through a series of cinematic tweets.



THE APOCALYPSE (USA)

Director: Andrew Zuchero

Four uninspired friends try to come up with an idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon.



THE BATTLE OF THE GUITARIST (USA)

Director: Mark Columbus

A son makes a tribute documentary about his father, a once famous jazz guitarist from the Fiji Islands who gave up his career to move to America for the betterment of his children.



BLACK METAL (USA)

Director: Kat Candler

After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, the actions of one fan create a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.



BOWL FOR FUN AND HEALTH (USA)

Director: Manuel Branaa

In order to avoid a sincere and introspective conversation with his longtime friend, a over-confident young guy takes her to a loud bowling alley.



BROKEN HEART SYNDROME (Canada)

Director: Dusty Mancinelli

A man who is on the verge of dying from a rare disease known as Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS) desperately tries to find a cure that will mend his broken heart before it’s too late.



CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? (USA)

Director: Jason Willis

Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it? This film frankly discusses the facts about this controversial substance.



THE DEVIL'S BALLROOM (Greenland/Norway)

Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

After burying his last remaining companion, a fearless explorer finds his way to the North Pole alone, fighting snow-blindness and physical strain. An unexpected encounter forces him to decide between honor and history-book fame and keeping the moral high ground.



DINNER WITH HOLLY (USA)

Director: Josh Crockett, Daniel Sinclair

A young couple coming to grips with having sex with the same partner for the rest of your life concocts a big plan to spice up their love life when their friend, Holly, comes over for dinner.



ELVIS: THE LONELY HUNTER OF CIRCLE BEACH (USA)

Director: Matt Hulse

Circle Beach is a God-forsaken, forgotten corner off the East Coast of the once-great City of New York. Only the toughest can survive an environment this harsh.


THE FIRST HOPE (USA)
Director: Jeremy David White
After seeing Leia kiss Luke on his VHS copy of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, a young boy unwittingly develops an inappropriate crush of his own.



GUN (USA)

Director: Spencer Gillis

A terrifying break-in prompts Roy to buy a handgun to protect his family, but the power he feels carrying the weapon leads down a path that may have tragic consequences.



HEARTS OF NAPALM (USA)

Director: Andy Irvine

After another anticlimactic night, a sexually frustrated girl challenges her unimaginative boyfriend to stimulate her in new ways.



HOBBES VINCENT: SCULPTOR (USA)

Director: Wheeler Sparks

HOBBES VINCENT: SCULPTOR follows the, self-taught Dallas artist on an isolated journey to uncover the emotional and experiential symbols of his rich inner world. The film is a short yet poetic meditation on discipline, work and creativity.



MATRIARCHE (France)

Director: Guillaume Pierret
In a prison visitor’s room, a mother confronts her son over his part in an epic failed hold-up.



MOVIES MADE FROM HOME # 6 (USA)

Director: Robert Machoian

Debbie is good at playing hide and seek—so good she is often hard to find.



MOVIES MADE FROM HOME #15 (USA)

Director: Robert Machoian

Robert attempts to keep himself healthy and fit so he can live as long as possible, unaware of what that really means in his continual exploration of his family’s life.



ONE HALF OF ONE MILLIMETER (USA)

Director: Byron Karabatsos

A man explores what it really means to be a mother by watching his wife care for their newborn baby.



PEEKABOO (Australia)

Director: Damien Power

On the train home, an tired little girl is entertained by a stranger, who plays a game of peekaboo with her until her mother begins to feel uneasy by the interest he’s showing. This ignites the mother’s imagination.



RAIZERMAN (Israel)

Director: Assaf Kafri

A story unfolds of a common middle-class worker coping with retirement. On his last day at work, Raizerman endures bureaucracy and his co-workers’ sympathy, as he tries to realize that it’s really over.



ROOT (USA)

Director Caleb Johnson

Hannah is caught between her husband and a new lover. Her impulsive tryst has grown into something enduring and malignant. Her efforts to sever it grow increasingly desperate, then unspeakable.



THE ROPER (USA)

Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands

Kendrick is a young, black calf roper navigating his way through the local, all-white rodeo circuits of the southern United States.



RUNAWAYS (New Zealand)

Director: Jordan Dodson

An aging couple's relational discord is catalyzed by the arrival of two young runaways whose innocent presence in their rural life pushes the bickering couple to their breaking point.



THE SILK (New Zealand)

Director: Nathalie Boltt, Clare Burgess

None of us wants to die. But die we will. There is another way, though, as Herb and Amy find out. And it's been right under their noses for 50 years: the silk.



SUMMONS (USA)

Director: Jeremy Bartel

An unhinged real estate agent is haunted by dreams of a mysterious light that he fears may be controlling him. But he's not the only one. Countless others claim to be in the light's control, each fulfilling their part in a horrific plan.



THIS IS CAROLINE (USA)

Director: Danny Abel

A darkly comic accident, misinterpreted as a suicide attempt, forces a girl to acknowledge real feelings of loneliness.



THIS IS NORMAL (USA)

Director: Derek Watson

THIS IS NORMAL weaves together three stories: Dick Greenly, a successful American-businessman; Petronella, a mother of eight in rural Zambia; and Jimmy Kamfwa, a well-driller in Samfya, Zambia. Each is looking for a new life and find it through a hand-drilled well in rural Zambia.



TILL DEATH (Jordan)

Director: Bassel Ghandour

Mohammad and Omar, friends who make a living robbing random establishments, leave the scene of their most recent heist with a doggy bag full of money, a dwindling friendship, and conflicting plans for the future.


TODAY AND TOMORROW (Netherlands)
Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston
Arash, an Iranian political refugee living in a center for asylum seekers outside of Amsterdam, begins to fear the worst when his best friend Ali doesn't show up for a basketball game.



THE UNION MAN (USA)

Director: Bobby Lewis

THE UNION MAN documents the story of Earl Thompson, a former football player, as he works the night shift as a janitor. Shot in black and white, this film captures the inexplicable subtleties that one faces while engaged in work that is often taken for granted.



VERMILLION CLIFFS (USA)

Director: Hanny Lee

Dementia patients at an Arizona nursing home live on a floor named Vermilion Cliffs.



THE WOUND (USA)

Director: David Garrett

After enduring seven surgeries for what should have been a routine hernia repair, writer/director David Garrett created this nasty little nightmare about a surgical wound that eats people.



YEAH KOWALSKI (USA)

Director: Evan Roberts

Thirteen-year old Gabe's anxiety about his hairless armpits forces him to take desperate measures to impress his more mature classmate, Shane.





Animated Shorts Competition - Presented by REEL FX




ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT HERO (USA)

Director: Sierra Lewis, Trent Correy

This is a hand-animated film about a young monster who longs to be a superhero like his TV idol "Atomic Adam" but soon discovers he has just one problem with his plan — and it isn't a little one.



BENJAMIN'S FLOWERS (Sweden)

Director: Malin Erixon

Benjamin's lack of love and company has placed him on the blurry borderline between fantasy and reality, where it can be hard to understand what's what. We meet Benjamin in the room in which he lives his life — see his confusion, his obsessive thoughts and colorful imagination.



BUY BUY BABY (UK)

Director: Gervais Merryweather

It's the roaring ‘20s and things are looking great for Frederick Frinklesworth, II, and the rest of the New York Stock Exchange, but when his daughter Betty is left in his care for the day can Fredrick and Wall Street survive the mayhem that ensues?



ESCAPE OF THE GINGERBREAD MAN! (USA)

Director Tod Polson
A young storyteller challenges the old master in a pub on the Irish west coast. When things take an unexpected turn.



HEAD OVER HEELS (UK)

Director: Timothy Reckart

A husband and wife have grown apart over the years. He lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling, and their marriage hangs in the balance.



IRISH FOLK FURNITURE (Ireland)

Director: Tony Donoghue

An animated documentary explores repair and recycling in rural Ireland.



MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN (USA)

Director: Tom Schreder

Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son, Max. Though blinded in one eye, he remains the King of Tervuren. Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.



OLD MAN (USA)

Director: Leah Shore

For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until now.






TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Film Contest


High school and college students from all across Texas submitted their original films to compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes in the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest. The students were challenged to explore energy conservation and energy efficiency to answer the question: what does energy mean to you? The winning films will be screened during the Festival.


All films can be seen at http://www.txu.com/studentfilmcontest




Grand Jury Prize-Animation presented by REEL FX


The Grand Jury Prize is awarded to the film in the Animation Competition as selected by a panel of jurors from REEL FX along with the 2013 Texas Avery Animation Award recipient (to be announced).


The films marked with a ♥ are eligible for the Silver Heart Award


The Silver Heart Award will be bestowed on an individual or film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The winner of the Silver Heart Award will receive a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Embrey Family Foundation.



The recipients of the following 2013 Dallas International Film Festival awards will receive Movie Magic Software Bundles from Entertainment Partners: Grand Jury Prizes for Narrative and Documentary Feature Competitions, Grand Jury Prize Texas Competition, Grand Jury Prize Short, Grand Jury Prize Student, Silver Heart Award and our Audience Award winners for best Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film.




Passes and Tickets



DIFF Passes are now available at the online Prekindle Box Office at www.DallasFilm.org and at the Prekindle Main Box Office located on the southeast side of Mockingbird Station on the first floor, next to Urban Taco. Prices range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:


· All-access pass to all screenings
· One invitation to the Opening Night Screening and Gala on April 4, 2013, subject to availability
· Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival
· Access for one person to the Festival Lounge (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol)
· Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions
· Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise



Starting March 14, individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird Station and online at DallasFilm.org or call 469-547-1230. For a fast and easy guide on “How to Fest,” watch the video at http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/how-to-fest-its-easy-watch-the-video/ or visit http://diff2013.dallasfilm.org/fest-info/getting-around/how-to-fest/





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