Former DIFF Filmmakers Bring Latest Projects to the Festival

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Every year, hundreds of filmmakers from across Texas, the U.S. and the world submit their films to the Dallas International Film Festival. This time around, we are proud to welcome back a handful of returning filmmakers who continue to produce and direct outstanding shorts, documentaries and features.

kat-candler277• Austin-based director Kat Candler (left) returns to DIFF with HELLION, a feature film based in part on her short BLACK METAL, which won the Short Grand Jury Prize at DIFF 2013.

• Documentarian Joe Berlinger‘s Oscar-winning film, CRUDE, also won the Current Energy Filmmaker Award at AFI Dallas 2009. His documentary WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER will be part of this year’s Documentary Showcase.

Rachel Gibson Shepherd premiered her first feature film at DIFF 2011. This year the Oklahoma-raised director will bring her second feature, ABOUT MOM AND DAD…

• With three DIFF awards under his belt, producer Jason Berman‘s LITTLE ACCIDENTS will compete in this year’s Narrative Feature competition. His films THE DRY LAND and JESS+MOSS both won Grand Jury Awards at DIFF 2010 and 2011, respectively, while LUV won a Special Jury Award at DIFF 2012.

mehta-277Canadian writer and director Richie Mehta (right), director of SIDDHARTH, previously won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at AFI Dallas 2008.

• Director Eric Hueber‘s comedy-documentary RAINBOWS END played at DIFF 2011, and now he returns with FLUTTER, an unconditional love story. FLUTTER is also produced by Festival veteran Remy Carter, who previously produced the horror film SANITARIUM, which played as part of DIFF 2013’s Midnight Specials.

Jeff Brown produced Steen Argo’s film SHUT UP AND SHOOT ME, which won the Narrative Feature award at AFI Dallas 2007. He lent his producer chops to director Jeff Radice’s NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY, part of DIFF 2014’s Documentary Showcase.

• Producer Jim Busfield and director Timothy Armstrong return with COWGIRLS N’ ANGELS: DAKOTA’S SUMMER, a sequel to their previous family-friendly feature on young rodeo trick riders.

• UT Austin graduate Chris Dowling premiered his film ROCK SLYDE at AFI Dallas 2009. This year he returns with PRODUCE, a story about unexpected friendship.

david-gordon-green277David Gordon Green (left), born in Little Rock but raised in Richardson, Texas, will head back to the Metroplex with JOE, his latest drama. His film SNOW ANGELS played at DIFF 2009.

• Spanish horror filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia‘s THE LAST CIRCUS screened as part of DIFF 2011’s Midnight Specials. His newest film, WITCHING AND BITCHING, will also get some late night loving this year.

• French director François Ozon’s IN THE HOUSE screened as part of last year’s Narrative Feature Showcase. This year, his coming-of-age film YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL will screen in our Premiere Series.




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