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The 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, presented by AutoNation, will kick off its 11-day run tonight with an Opening Night Celebration at the sparkling new Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hawkes, it’s the most glamorous movie night in Texas, with a special screening of WORDS AND PICTURES, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.

The action starts at 6 p.m. on our star-studded Red Carpet, featuring Festival filmmakers, celebrities and Dallas Notables (see appearance list below). WORDS AND PICTURES will screen at 7:30 p.m., with Director Fred Schepisi, producers Curtis Burch and Gary Cogill and screenwriter Gerald DiPego slated to attend. A brief Q&A will follow the screening.

Afterward, enjoy DIFF’s Opening Night Gala at the Crow Collection of Asian Art with hors d’oeuvres from Lush Catering Co. and drinks from our sponsors, Stella Artois, The Naked Grape and Deep Eddy Vodka.

Remember to visit the Prekindle Online Box Office and Festival Guide, where you can view film synopses, showtimes and purchase tickets and passes. The Prekindle Main Box Office is located on the northeast side of Mockingbird Station, on the first floor next to Cafe Herrera [map]. The main Box Office is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To purchase items by phone, call 972-290-0621.

ON THE RED CARPET

Scheduled to appear tonight, starting at 6:00 p.m. outside the Dallas City Performance Hall:

Fred Schepisi (director), Curtis Burch and Gary Cogill (produers) and Gerald DiPego (screenwriter), WORDS AND PICTURES

Mike Rawlings – mayor of Dallas.

Lee and Sarah Papert – CEO and President of DFS and Executive Director of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival

James and Jenn Faust – Artistic Director of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival

Don and Deborah Stokes – DFS Board of Directors and President of Post Asylum

Arthur Benjamin – The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, Presenting the Opening Night Screening

Sheri Deterling – Presenting the Opening Night Screening

Geoff Hawkes - Presenting the Opening Night Screening

Crayton Webb – Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility – Mark Kay, Inc.

John Crawford – President and C.E.O. Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Amy and Scott Hofland – Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

• And other Festival special guests

DIFF SHORTS SHOOT FOR THE STARS, DIG IN THE DIRT

satellite_beachWhen asked how he differs from the seemingly insane scientist he plays in his guerrilla docu-drama SATELLITE BEACH, actor and director Luke Wilson says “there are probably more similarities than I’d like to admit.” As part of this year’s Shorts Program 1, the film screens along with a handful of other exciting and inspiring shorts, including Dallas filmmaker Toby Halbrooks’ locally-shot DIG as well director Chloe Domont’s award-winning JACK’S NOT SICK ANYMORE. In this Q&A, Wilson, Halbrooks and Domont offer insight into their filmmaking process.

3 DIFF FILMS SHOWCASE A LONE STAR STATE OF MIND

QUEENS AND COWBOYS In Rachel Shepard’s ABOUT MOM AND DAD, a small town family faces big problems. Meanwhile, ABOVE ALL ELSE tells the true story of one man’s fight to protect his livelihood from the powers that be. And in the documentary QUEENS & COWBOYS, unbreakable rodeo riders stay true to themselves. Clearly, these three DIFF films highlight the passion and pride of being Texan, suggesting that the biggest thing about The Lone Star State are the stories of its people.
Click here read more with veteran DIFF filmmaker Rachel Shepard, who believes “Texas might as well be on another planet.”


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DALLAS STAR AWARDS

With 175 films and an Oscar to his credit, John Wayne is considered by many to be not only a great actor, but the American archetype.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and only the third woman to hold the office.

John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, is the recipient of the 2014 Texas Avery Animation Award presented by REEL FX.

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