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The First Ten Films for the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival have been Announced!

THE DALLAS FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE FIRST TEN FILMS FOR

THE 2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AutoNation Returns as Presenting Sponsor

And Lascaux Films Presents Debut of Audience Awards

DALLAS, TX, March 3, 2014 —The Dallas Film Society announced today the first 10 films chosen to screen at the 8th edition of theDallas International Film Festival, presented by AutoNation April 3 – 13, 2014. Also announced is the debut of Audience Awardssponsored by Lascaux Films.

“Approximately 150 films from all over the world will be screened during the 11-day Festival and selecting the first ten films is like completing the first mile in a marathon,” said James Faust, artistic director, Dallas Film Society.  It’s exhilarating and exhausting selecting the best among the thousands of outstanding entries we receive and announcing the entire line-up is the moment I reach the finish line and the fun of the festival begins!”

“We are incredibly grateful for all DIFF sponsors.  The return of AutoNation further substantiates their commitment to community and we are very excited to welcome them back as the Presenting Sponsor in 2014,” added Lee Papert, president and CEO of the Dallas Film Society.  “As a true filmmaker’s festival, we are so happy to offer the Audience Awards this year.  The debut of Audience Awards, offering a cash prize of $5000 in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film, made possible by Lascaux Films, provides filmmakers a level of recognition that confirms their film resonated with the audience.”

“AutoNation is thrilled to return as the Presenting Sponsor for 2014 DIFF,” said Wendi Madden Inglis, Regional Marketing Director for AutoNation.  “At AutoNation, we consider our customers to be our top priority and supporting the arts is a way we can give back to the communities in which they live.  DIFF brings great films to the Dallas area and it is our pleasure as a company to assist in such an important Film Festival.”

The DIFF 2014 films will not only represent works from America, and Texas in particular, but also films from Poland and Hong Kong and classics from years gone-by — truly an international and timeless offering.

 

WORDS AND PICTURES  

 

(USA)

DIRECTOR: Fred Schepisi

Cast: Keegan Connor Tracy, Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche

SYNOPSIS: An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

 

JOE   

                         

(USA)

DIRECTOR: David Gordon Green

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins

SYNOPSIS: An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

 

HELLION 

                

(USA)

DIRECTOR: Kat Candler

Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins

SYNOPSIS: When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, thirteen-year-old, Jacob’s increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other in order to bring Wes home.

 

QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO 

(USA)

DIRECTOR: Matt Livadary

SYNOPSIS: QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across North America for the past 30 years, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. And along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book.

 

RICH HILL  

                                                                                                 

(USA)

DIRECTOR: Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo

SYNOPSIS: RICH HILL intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.

 

ABOVE ALL ELSE  

(USA)

DIRECTOR: John Feige

SYNOPSIS: One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, ABOVE ALL ELSE follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.

 

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(Poland)

DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski

SYNOPSIS: Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

 

FIRESTORM (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)  

                                        

(China/Hong Kong)

DIRECTOR: Alan Yuen

Cast: Andy Lau

SYNOPSIS: A storm is heading to the city of Hong Kong, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation.

 

BELIEVE ME (WORLD PREMIERE)  

                                                      

(USA)

DIRECTOR: Will Bakke

Cast: Nick Offerman, Johanna Braddy, Christopher McDonald

SYNOPSIS: Desperate, broke, and out of ideas, four college seniors start a fake Christian charity to embezzle money for tuition

 

PARIS, TEXAS (1984) 30th Anniversary Screening reuniting cast and crew at the Historic Texas Theatre. 

(West Germany/USA/France/UK)

DIRECTOR: Wim Wenders

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell

SYNOPSIS: A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared.

Passes and Tickets

DIFF passes are on sale at the online Prekindle box office at www.DallasFilm.org and range from $125 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 & Gala on April 3, 2014, 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 17, individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird station, and online atwww.DallasFilm.org.

Coming Soon: Jason Reitman begins Production on “Men, Women & Children”

HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 16, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc, announced today that principal photography has commenced on “MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN,” from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (“LABOR DAY,” “YOUNG ADULT,” “UP IN THE AIR”).  The film stars Rosemarie Dewitt (“KILL THE MESSENGER,” “RACHEL GETTING MARRIED”), Jennifer Garner (“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB,” “DRAFT DAY”), Judy Greer (“DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,” “TOMORROWLAND”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “THE COUNSELOR”), Adam Sandler (“GROWN UPS 1 and 2,” “THE LONGEST YARD”) and Emma Thompson (“SAVING MR. BANKS,” “LOVE ACTUALLY”). The film is shooting in and around Austin, Texas.

“MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN” is based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Erin Cressida Wilson (“SECRETARY,” “CHLOE”).  He is producing the feature with his partner Helen Estabrook through their Right of Way Films banner.  Michael Beugg (“UP IN THE AIR,” “LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE”) and Mason Novick (“BAD WORDS,” “JUNO”) will serve as executive producers.

The young ensemble cast includes Timothée Chalamet (“INTERSTELLAR”), Olivia Crocicchia (“TERRI”), Kaitlyn Dever (“SHORT TERM 12”), Ansel Elgort (“THE FAULT IN OUR STARS,” “DIVERGENT”), Katherine Hughes (“ROADIES”), Elena Kampouris (“LABOR DAY”) and Travis Tope (“THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN”).

“MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN” follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

Narrated by Emma Thompson, the film’s ensemble cast features Sandler and DeWitt as Don and Rachel Truby, and Tope as their son Chris.  Garner stars as Patricia Beltmeyer with Dever as her daughter Brandy.  Greer is Joan Clint and Crocicchia is daughter Hannah.  Norris plays Kent Mooney with Elgort playing his son Tim.  Hughes and Kampouris play cheerleaders Brooke Benton and Allison Doss, respectively, and Chalamet is football player Danny Vance.

Rounding out the cast are David Denman (“The Office”), Jason Douglas (“Revolution”), Dennis Haysbert (“SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR”), Shane Lynch (“Ray Donovan”), Will Peltz (“PARANOIA”) and J.K. Simmons (“Growing Up Fisher”).

Help RivetHead Make their New Music Video!

Indiegogo continues to help the arts.  And now you can help produce their new music video!

RivetHead and the Fans

“We are a band for the fans, and funded by the fans. All of our seventy songs have been independently produced and any profits made went right back into producing our next album. We’ve had our music played on Sirius/XM Octane, The Lex and Terry Morning Radio Network, we even had our music featured in the Lion’s Gate movie “Unrivaled.” Our soul focus for making music has been the fans, and now we want your help to take things up a notch.”

“What we want to do is make you a part of RivetHead. What better way to do it, than to have a music video that is entirely funded by you, our Fans. We want to bring the RivetHead fan-base together and show the world that we aren’t just some independent metal band. We are The Independent Metal Band.”

The Video 

The video will be for the new song released on the Doomsday for Optimism album titled “Cricket Bat.” Cricket bat is a heavy and rocking song about not taking any more flack from the world around you. That’s why the video is about taking the power back at the workplace.

“Once this about how people can get involved and support local art. When you guys contribute/support local art, you will even get great rewards. On the page there are exclusive incentives for people who want to be a part of the campaign. There’s things like a $5 donation gets your name in the credits all the way to $125 will actually get you featured in the video. It’s something that bigger bands or production companies can’t do, and that’s getting the community to have a direct relationship to the product. That’s what makes this campaign new and innovative. That’s what people will be interested in hearing about,” says Brady Tulk (Music Video Director)

Click Here to listen to the Director and Producer of the Video, Talk about the Campaign

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Click Here to Donate to the Video!

STILL HERE: A Short Film about Appreciating the Beauty of Life

“A true story about not realizing how beautiful life is until the moment you think it’s gone.”

Inspired by Erfaan Nazemadeh, who was diagnosed with cancer at 19.  A week later he was told that he was misdiagnosed.

The Story

Two strangers receive test results from the hospital —

A young, up-and-coming sports agent has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, while a grim old loner, anticipating his own death, is sentenced… to live. We follow these two men as they are forced to leave behind their old lives — and face the deep yearning in their hearts.

By chance, they each confide in the same woman—she is the mother of one of the men, and the salvation of the other. Then the hospital calls again, with some unexpected news.

Be Apart of Making the Film

Ethan Rains (Sin City, Open Graves, 24) makes his writing and directorial debut with Still Here.   Alongside his brother Dominic Rains (Saving Jessica Lynch, The Taqwacores, Flight 93) who stars and produces the film.  These two are not just telling an incredible story. They are showing all of the film makers out there, that if you have a story and want to share it, you can make it happen.

(Director/Writer Ethan Rains and Actor/Producer Dominic)

 

Now, there is no studio backing for the film, so YOU can help make this film happen!  With your contributions through Indiegogo they will be able to cover EVERYTHING (Pre-Production, Principal Photography, and Post-Production).  Set to raise $14,888, they have already reached almost 50% of their goal!  But keep the donations coming, even $5.00 is a huge help.   And 5% of total funds will go directly to American Cancer Society.

To learn more about all the cast and crew of Still Here and all the production details about the film, click the link below.  And be sure to donate whatever you can!

Click here to Donate to the film!

Coming Soon: Prisoners

How far would you go to save your child?

Film Synopsis: After his six-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped on Thanksgiving, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) butts heads with detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) in charge of the investigation. After searching, Dover’s son mentions an old RV, owned by Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Feeling failed by the law, Dover captures Jones, the man he believes responsible, holding him captive in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he is convinced are still alive. But the further he goes to get the man to confess, the closer he comes to losing his soul.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and Written by Aaron Guzikowski

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, and Paul Dano

First Impressions:  You had me at Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, but when you throw in the rest of this strong, all star cast you have my full attention. Although, the storyline alone has enough of a hook to pull me in.  With so many remakes and every possible superhero movie, it’s rare to watch a trailer and think, “Whoa! I have to know how this movie ends!”  But that was the exact reaction I felt after seeing the trailer for Prisoners.

Kidnappings in films are always intriguing.  It brings mystery and the classic “who dun it” feel for audiences, allowing us to solve the case alongside the characters.  And when kids are involved, we tend to empathize, usually wanting the parents to go to the extreme and take the law into their own hands. Films like Gone Baby Gone and Ransom, are great examples.  And even though there wasn’t a kidnapping in Mystic River,  Sean Penn going insane trying to find out who killed his daughter is what came straight to mind when I first saw this trailer.  All three are great films and hopefully Prisoners  will follow in their footsteps by giving us a thrilling, original ending.  Besides being excited to see this movie, I’ll be very interested to see the response it gets during this upcoming awards season.  For now, I’d love to hear what you guys think after watching the trailer below!

Prisoners makes its release in theaters on September 20, 2013.

Prisoners Official Trailer HD

Coming Soon: Jobs

Could this be the “job” that finally breaks Ashton Kutcher away from his romantic comedy stereotype?

Film Synopsis: The story of Steve Jobs’ rise from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and Written by Matt Whiteley

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, J.K. Simmons and Amanda Crew

 

First Impressions: Based on this trailer alone, it looks like we’ll get to see a whole new side to the guy from That 70’s Show. We did get a glimpse of a more serious side to him in ​Butterfly  Effect ​ and The Guardian.  But that didn’t last too long, and he quickly reverted back to the genre he felt the most comfortable.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy What Happens in Vegas and No Strings Attached.  I just knew he was capable of more versatility.  This is what he seems to be showing in the first trailer of the anticipated Steve Jobs bio pic, Jobs.

If the film’s release date was closer to Oscar season, I would even say he has a big shot for that Best Actor nomination.  Oscar history has shown that actors who play real-life roles, only up their chances at taking home that golden statue.  In the past ten years alone, six of the Best Actor winners were from portrayals of real people.  Including Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles(2005), Sean Penn as Harvey Milk(2009), and of course most recently Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln(2013).  But all those actors gave strong performances that earned them a much deserved win.  So we will just have to wait and see how compelling of a performance Ashton Kutcher gives when the movie is released August 16, 2013.  For now, you be the judge…

JOBS Official Trailer HD – Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs