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Updated: First Oak Cliff Film Festival Approaches

The Oak Cliff Film Festival is currently taking submissions for its debut festival, scheduled for June 14-17 at several venues in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas — including the iconic Texas Theatre, the art deco live music venue Kessler Theater, the eco-friendly TeCo Theater, and the historic Belmont Hotel, as well as restaurants and bars in the bustling Bishop Arts District.

Founded by members of Aviation Cinemas, who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December 2010, the Oak Cliff Film Festival “will seek to showcase brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes from Oak Cliff, Dallas, Denton, Austin, and Fort Worth, as well as nationally and internationally.” The festival will place special emphasis on fringe and cutting edge works.  Interested parties may submit films via Withoutabox through May 4. (Email a heads-up to upon submitting.)

Badges will be available for pre-sale on May 1st, and individual tickets will be available June 1st. Proceeds from festival badge sales will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

The festival’s website currently lists the following events in the works:

Outdoor screening of The Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Dallas Zoo

18th anniversary screening of Love and .45 (filmed in Dallas) with cast and crew in attendance

Live music and film at the Kessler Theatre

Local film showcase at the Bishop Arts Theatre

“Cinema 16” experimental short film showcase and tribute to late film scholar, author, and New York Film Festival founder Amos Vogel at the Oil and Cotton Studio

Music video showcase at El Sibil Production Studios

A filmmaker guest-of-honor showcase and 35mm retrospective screenings of The Red Balloon and The Black Balloon at the Texas Theatre

Filmmaking panels and workshops at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, including a workshop with Bradley Beesley (Okie Noodling, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, Fearless Freaks)

Live Music from New Fumes, Diamond Age, Night Game, Beau Jennings, Neeks, and George Quartz, plus a special live score by My Education during a screening of F.W. Murnau’s silent classic Sunrise.

About Gary Dowell

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