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Dallas International Film Festival Kicks Off 2018 Event

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Dallas Film Society’s 12th annual Dallas International Film Festival kicked off with an Opening Night Celebration on May 3 at its new home, The Magnolia in Dallas. The festival is an eight-day event from ​Thursday, May 3​ to Thursday, May 10​.

This year, for the first time ever, all competition feature and short film screenings at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) ​will take place at ​The Magnolia ​in Uptown’s​ West Village​ shopping center.

The Dallas Film Society expects close to 100,000 visitors will enjoy DIFF activations at West Village. The ​2018 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) ​will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and will include the 12 films listed below and a series of Special Events.

2018 DIFF Film Screenings:

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor​ – A film focused on the legacy of Mister Rogers by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (​Twenty Feet from Stardom​)

  • McQueen​ – The fashion motion picture, directed by Ian Bonhôte, offers a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer Alexander McQueen

  • First Reformed​ – A film directed by Paul Schrader following Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary

  • Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me​ – Directed by Samuel D. Pollard, the film is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America

  • 1985 ​– Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name by director Yen Tan, the film follows a young man during the wave of the AIDS crisis

  • Eighth Grade ​–Bo Burnham directs this film about 13-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school

  • Loud Crazy Love ​(Texas Premiere)​ ​– Trey Hill and Scott Mayo direct this music documentary focused on Brian Welch’s (Korn) vicious battle with crystal meth, ultimately finding solace in one place he never thought he could belong: church

  • The Iron Orchard​ (World Premiere) – The story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oil fields circa 1939 who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter, directed by Ty Roberts

  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich ​(Texas Premiere) – A reimagining of the Charles Band classic, from Dallas-Based, Cinestate. This Horror Comedy will headline DIFF’s “Almost Midnight” category.

  • Sons of St. Clair ​– A music documentary directed by Tim Newfang following Krayzie and Bizzy of iconic R&B group Bone Thugs N Harmony into the recording studio as the duo sets out to prove to the younger generation that they can still create relevant music today

  • Tejano ​(World Premiere)​ ​- Desperate for cash to pay his grandfather’s medical bills, a young man resorts to smuggling drugs across the Texas – Mexico border in this film directed by David Garcia

Find out more on the Dallas Film Society’s website: https://www.dallasfilm.org/

ABOUT DALLAS FILM SOCIETY

Dallas Film Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting film, filmmakers and film education through our annual events, the Dallas International Film Festival and The Art of Film, through membership events and screenings, and through our educational programs: Summer Film Camp, the High School Roundtables and High School Day, and The Veterans Institute for Film & Media. Dallas Film provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. For more information, please visit ​www.dallasfilm.org​.

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