2012 Dallas International Film Festival Family Day

Dallas, TX, April 4, 2012 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers announced today the line-up for its free Family Day celebration. Presented by the East Dallas Christian Church, Family Day will kick off Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at NorthPark’s CenterPark, and will run until the end of a free outdoor screening of ET: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL in CenterPark at sundown.
 
Family Day is a time to entertain and educate the youngest filmgoers. With a bit of carnival flair, Family Day revolves around DIFF’s screenings of several family films from around the world at AMC NorthPark. In addition, musicians, artists, performers and storytellers will entertain the entire family, and children can participate in educational arts and crafts projects.
 
“We are delighted to once again present our free Family Day to the public,” said Renee Contreras, director of education, membership and outreach for the Dallas Film Society. “It’s so enjoyable to share the art of film with young cinema buffs and their families, and we are looking forward to a day full of fun and learning.”
 
Entertainment throughout the day will include Zumba Gals, a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class; Yogiños: Yoga for Youth presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art; the award-winning Dallas Tap Dazzlers, a group of jazz-tap dancers with an average age of 65; a performance and instruction session from the Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers; The Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures; story time with The Dallas Public Library; a ballet performance from The Dallas Conservatory; a performance from Barefoot Wines’ Eric Dorton’s band Frankie; a bounce house; face painters and a chess class in support of the DIFF film BROOKLYN CASTLE.
 
Another family-friendly activity is Heart, Hope, Healing Day: an H3 Celebration. Presented by Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital in partnership with the American Heart Association’s GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign, volunteers will be present at all the festival venues throughout the day to encourage audiences to get a glucose and cholesterol health screening. 
 
In exchange for the check up, every person will receive a DALLAS IFF screening voucher worth $10 and if anyone wears red that day they will receive $2 off a same day ticket or free entry from the rush line. Additionally, the first 200 people to donate $5 to the American Heart Association GO RED FOR WOMEN at the Baylor health screening locations will receive a free DIFF film screening voucher.
In addition to an abundance of activities, Family Day features the following ticketed movie screenings at AMC NorthPark:
 
12:00PM
OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR (Japan) – Texas Premiere
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Having lost her mother, Haruka is now a 16-year-old girl and feels neglected by her father. She escapes to her grandmother's house and discovers a fox-like creature who steals her keys. She follows him and is transported into a magical world. Starring Haruka Ayase, Miyuki Sawashiro, Mitsuki Tanimura, Naho Toda and Nao Ohmori.
 
2:30PM
FIRST POSITION (USA) – Texas Premiere
Director: Bess Kargman
A documentary that follows six young ballet dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix.
 
5:00PM
COWGIRLS N’ ANGELS (USA) – World Premiere
Director: Timothy Armstrong
A group of rodeo trick-riders recruits a young girl to join them. Stars Jackson Rathbone, James Cromwell, Bailee Madison, Alicia Witt, Drew Waters and Frankie Faison.
 
8:00PM, free outdoor screening in CenterPark
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, USA)
Director: Steven Spielberg
A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. Stars Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore.
Family Day is open to everyone.  Tickets for the Dallas International Film Festival are currently on sale at the Prekindle Box Office in the Festival Village at Mockingbird Station at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 105.  Passes are for sale and range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass.  To purchase tickets and passes telephone the Prekindle Box Office at 972-707-0838 or visit: www.DallasFilm.org. For further information about the Dallas Film Society telephone 214.720.0555.
 
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 12 – 22, 2012, 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. 
 
2012 FESTIVAL SPONSORS: ABCO, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, American Airlines, The Angelika Film Center, Arts and Culture Magazine, Austin Film Festival, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital, BNYMellon, Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers, Central 214, CBS Radio, Colibri Promotions, Community Trust Bank, Cowles & Thompson, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, D Magazine, Dallas Film Commission, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Observer, Design Expediting Services International, Division of Film & Media – Southern Methodist University, Downtown Dallas, Inc., Earth Day Dallas, East Dallas Christian Church, El Creative, Eurochannel, Faulkner Design Group, Flagship Marketing, Forte Public Relations, G Texas Custom Catering, Gemini Light Sound & Video, GrandLuxe Magazine, Hotel Palomar, Hyatt House, I Heart Cinema, Livestream, Media 2-Way Radio, Metro PCS, Mockingbird Station, Modern Luxury, Modia Home Theater, Movie Magic, MySweetCharity, Nasher Sculpture Center, NorthPark Center, Omni Hotel  Dallas, Panavision, Pencilneck, Plains Capital Bank, Post Asylum, Prekindle, Private Social, Pure Evil Sound & Music, Reel FX, The Residences at Hotel Palomar, SAGIndie, Sandshop Media, Showtech Production, Inc., smartwater, Stella Artois, Temerlin Advertising Institute at Southern Methodist University, Texas Association of Film Commissions, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Film Commission, Texas Western Hospitality, Time Warner Cable, TXU Energy, Univision, The UPS Store on Lemmon Avenue, Vergent Communications,  Videotex Systems, Inc., West Village, WFAA, Whole Foods Market, WRR Classical 101.1, Zeus Comics.
 
ABOUT BOARDWALK AUTO GROUP VOLKSWAGEN DEALERS
Boardwalk Auto Group has three Volkswagen Dealerships serving the North Dallas community.  Boardwalk Volkswagen, located in Richardson, Texas, was recently named 2012 Volkswagen Dealer of the Year for Texas by DealerRater® reflecting on the dealer's commitment to unparalleled customer service.  Park Cities Volkswagen and McKinney Volkswagen are also two of the Highest-Rated DealerRater® Certified Volkswagen Dealers in Texas. Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers offer the absolute best selection and price in the Metroplex in addition to their state-of-the art Service Departments. Boardwalk Auto Group is one of the premier auto groups in the nation representing Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Volkswagen.  For more information about Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers, please visit www.DallasVWDealers.com
 
ABOUT NORTHPARK CENTER
As one of the premier shopping centers in the United States, NorthPark Center (www.northparkcenter.com) proudly offers shoppers the best of the best in every category represented including the finest in luxury retail and exclusives in the Southwest. Presenting an unparalleled selection of international designers set amid timeless modern architecture and a world-class art collection, NorthPark Center has established a new standard in the United States for innovative retail destinations.
 
NorthPark Center is owned, managed, operated and leased by husband and wife David J. Haemisegger and Nancy A. Nasher. After a $250 million expansion in 2006, NorthPark Center became the largest shopping center in North Texas and one of the top shopping destinations in the United States. NorthPark Center will continue to open more luxury boutiques, exclusive stores and dining options throughout 2012 and beyond, culminating in more than 235 stores and restaurants.

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