The 2014 Dallas International Film Festival spans 11 glorious days and will showcase over 170 films from all around the globe. Paris, Texas is one of the classic film at the festival. The festival has shown and honored some amazing films over the years and this year is no-exception. I'm humbled and grateful to say I've covered or attended all 7 and enter the 8th as part of the official Red Carpet interview team. Since we get the chance to see a good chunk of the films prior to the festival, I thought it'd be helpful to give you a schedule breakdown or cheat sheet. Click through for a day-to-day breakdown of a quality movie marathon of a festival!
* All films at Angelika Film Center Dallas unless stated.
Words and Pictures is the opening night film and so I'll jump to…
Friday April 4th.
The path I hope you'll follow is a bit of a Texas Two-Step, you'll see a bunch of Jonny Mars and Farah White. Enjoy the Lone-Star State!
About Mom and Dad – 4:30 pm.
Joe – 7pm
David Gordon-Green, Richardson's own, continues his jump back to gritty southern films. Tye Sheridan is a bonafide talent having worked now with Brad Pitt on Malick's Tree of Life, Jeff Nichol's wonderful MUD (my favorite film of 2013.) with Matthew McMonaughey, and now Joe with Nicholas Cage.
Flutter – 10:15pm
* A Festival MUST-SEE Film! Enjoy an in-depth interview with Writer/Director Eric Hueber and Actor/Executive Producer Glenn Morshower.
Ladies of the House – 11:59pm AKA MIDNIGHT!!!
The wonderful Farah White discussing the Dallas shot horror thrill ride from John Wildman!
Saturday April 5th -The festival allows for a chance to catch foreign films and shorts, both platforms rarely showcased outside of arthouse theaters like the Angelika. From here on out the ride goes all over!!
Anna – Noon
Siddarth – 2:45pm
Road To Austin – 4:30pm – Music Capital of the PLANET!
Brazilian Western – 8:15pm – I love that James Faust, Sarah Harris and the programming team lean on the Toronto International Film Festival – its got such great line-ups every year.
Late Night Shorts – 10:30pm – You should always catch a shorts program, late night is always a real treat.
Sunday April 6th
Queens & Cowboys: A T Noon
"Wade Earp, a rancher living outside of Dallas and descendent of cowboy legend Wyatt Earp, has competed and won more than 200 belt buckles in his time, but he still strives for the big win: the All Around Cowboy buckle at Finals in Fort Worth, Texas."
We were able to sit down with Wade and talk about this moving and entertaining documentary, Here.
TXU Energy Shorts – 2:30pm (at Perot Museum)
No No: A Dockumentary – 8pm – The psychedelic short was an amazing journey into Dock Ellis' most infamous moment, but this documentary thankfully dives deeper into Dock's full life and career. Can't wait to get the full picture.
Long Distance – 10:15pm
Monday April 7th
The Militant – 1:30pm
The Man Behind the Mask – 4:15pm
In the Heat of the Night – 7:30pm – You need to see the "slap" alone to understand the powerful impact Sidney Poitier has had on race relations in America. An iconic film with iconic cast and crew! Poitier, Steiger, Jewison, Wexler (capturing the blue of the evening so well!) and the great Hal Ashby as editing maestro!
The Special Need – 10pm – Unique look at what "sexy" means?
Tuesday April 8th – DIFF always programs a wonderful group of documentaries and doc shorts, Rich Hill has gotten a lot of praise!
Web Junkie – 1:30pm
Documentary Shorts – 4:15pm
Rich Hill– 7:15pm
Firestorm – 10pm
Wednesday April 9th
Noble – 1pm
Shorts Program 3 – 4pm
1982 – 7:45pm – "Does Wayne Brady have to choke a bitch?", well in Writer/Director Tommy Oliver's film about the impact of drugs on a family, the answer is yes.
Copenhagen – 10:15pm – I was really blown away by this unorthodox love story set in lovely Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thursday April 10th
Hellion – 4pm – The short was a heartfelt wonder that captured the bonds between fathers and sons. Easily one of the most anticipated films at the festival for me. Writer/Director Kat Candler is someone that needs to be on everyone's radar! And Jonny Mars is the James Brown of the indie acting world, "hardest working man"!
Dom Hemingway – 7:30pm
Doomsday Party – 10:15pm
Friday April 11th
Heli – 1:30pm
WHITEY – 4pm
Kumiko, The Treasure – 7:30pm
The Sacrament – 10:30pm
Saturday April 12th
Trust Me – 5:15pm
The Starck Club – 7:30pm
We From Dallas – 10:15pm
Sunday April 13th
The ZigZag Kid – 12:30pm
Stagecoach – 3:30pm (At Texas Theatre)
Ida – 5:15pm
The Mend – 8pm
The Congress – 10:30pm.
And finally here is our chat with Dallas Film Society CEO, Lee Papert.
Enjoy the festival! See you out there.