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Monday, June 15, 2020

The USA Film Festival Announces Schedule of Events for USAFF50 In-Theater Program

The USA Film Festival Announces

Schedule of Events for USAFF50 In-Theater Program

June 24 - 28, 2020

DALLAS – The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events for the 50th Annual USA Film Festival, June 24 - 28, 2020. The in-theater program will be held at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.

One of the oldest festivals in the U.S., the USA Film Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The first festival to devote itself to the American filmmaker back in 1970, today presents over 50 days of diverse programs every year.

The recent shutdowns caused the USAFF to re-schedule its annual April festival, which will now take place on June 24-28, 2020 at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.

“As Dallas theaters begin to reopen, we are so glad to be able to bring our program to the community.” USAFF Managing Director Ann Alexander says. “With support from our Sponsors, this year’s program will be presented as all-free-admission.”

“We know that a lot of people are experiencing financial challenges and that people have missed being able to get out to a theater and see a movie. We wanted to present an accessible program that offered something for people of all ages.”

This year’s opening night, “Free Dinner and a Movie,” will feature two classic films – Hal Ashby’s beloved, offbeat dark comedy Harold and Maude (1971) and a 40th anniversary screening of the ever-popular disaster movie parody Airplane! (1980). A new animated family film for younger kids, 100% Wolf, rounds out the opening night line up which also includes a free box dinner courtesy of USAFF sponsor Norma’s Café.

“The full line-up includes new feature films, documentaries and true stories, and short films” Alexander continued. “And of course, safety measures will be in place. Masks will be required and social distancing seating protocols will be observed for this year’s contact-free event.”

Additional programs featuring Master Artists will be scheduled later in the year.

USAFF Award-winning Short Films were selected by USAFF National Jury Members -- director and teacher Karen Allen; actor, producer, director and teacher Diane Baker; actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and film historian Jim Beaver; cinematographer Bill Butler; actor Dale Dickey; visual artist and filmmaker Rosson Crow; actor Peri Gilpin; animator and animation supervisor Bill Haller; motion picture sound mixer, writer and director Ron Judkins; filmmaker and teacher Sandra Luckow; actor, producer, writer and director Ralph Macchio; manager, writer, producer and director Chris Roe; actor, author and storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky; and actor Brian Van Holt.

For more details and to view the full schedule, visit www.usafilmfestival.com


USA Film Festival 50 is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenting Sponsors include TACA – The Arts Community Alliance, Sidley LLP, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Gaedeke Group, Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Foundation, Moody Fund for the Arts, Headington Company, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Mary Fox and Laura Fox, Norma’s Café, Texas Film Commission, SAG-AFTRA, Dallas Producers Association, The Downtown Business News, and the Angelika Film Center.


A year-round film festival featuring 50 days of programs

The USA Film Festival is a 50-year-old Dallas-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include the annual KidFilm® Festival; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each Spring. Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to promote equity and equality, and to bring together audiences and artists.

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