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CENTERPIECE SCREENING: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

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The Dallas International Film Festival is excited to present the world premiere of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL from director Randall Wallace and producers T.D. Jakes and Joe Roth.

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s life-changing experience with the world.

The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.

Click here for more information about the Centerpiece Screening at Cinemark West Plano XD and Gala after party.

ON THE RED CARPET

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During the Festival, watch this space every day for up-to-date highlights of scheduled appearances by filmmakers, talent and VIPs on DIFF 2014′s daily red carpet!

Tonight, we present our Centerpiece Screening of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL at the Cinemark West Plano. Scheduled to appear on the red carpet starting at 6 p.m.:

DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER:
Randall Wallace

SCREENWRITER:
Christopher Parker

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Derrick Williams

PRODUCERS:
T.D. Jakes
Joe Roth

CO-PRODUCER:
Andrew Wallace

CAST:
Greg Kinnear
Connor Corum
Margo Martindale

SUBJECTS OF THE FILM:
The Burpo Family: Todd, Sonja, Colton, and Cassie

THE 2014 DALLAS FILM SOCIETY HONORS

On Friday evening, April 11, the Dallas Film Society will hold its 2014 DFS Honors at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

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Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation with Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hakwes, it’s a glamorous banquet designed to honor the winning filmmakers of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival.

This year’s awards will include both Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards for Documentary and Narrative categories as well as the winner of this year’s Silver Heart Award, among several others. The Dallas Film Society will also honor its 2014 Dallas Star Award recipients: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, animator John Kricfalusi, and legendary actor John Wayne.

We invite you to join us for this very special night, complete with a cocktail reception and elegant dinner. Buy your tickets now and be one of the stars at the Dallas Film Society Honors.

JUDE LAW GOES FOR BROKE IN RICHARD SHEPARD’S DOM HEMINGWAY

domAfter spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed. Along the way, the foul-mouthed and hilariously-destructive petty criminal tries to make up for lost time–in a flurry of violence, sex, drugs and drunken debauchery. According to director Richard Shepard, “watching Jude transform into this beast of a man felt like I had a front row seat to an acting class.” Click here to read more.

DOCUMENTARY RELIVES LEGACY OF PERSEVERANCE IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE

1343On September 4, 1992, a woman in a small upstateNew York town reported a crime to the local police. In response, officers contacted officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, where school administrators responded by handing over a list of names and home addresses of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students were tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. World premiering at DIFF 2014, THE BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST gives an eye-opening look at this infamous case of equal rights gone wrong.

“Making this film twenty years later, I was surprised to meet so many men and women who weren’t filled with anger,” says director Sean Gallagher. “But instead they were full of inspiration for how they had reacted to such adversity.” Click here to read more.

FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY GETS PERSONAL IN AWARD WINNING DOC

1344In 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, banning gay marriage six months after the state’s Supreme Court legalized it. This surprising reversal brought together gay-marriage supporters from across the political spectrum (including the very lawyers who argued against each other in Bush v. Gore). In THE CASE AGAINST 8, documentarians Ben Cotner and Ryan White delve deep into the legal twists and turns of perhaps the most important civil rights case of a generation.

“Making this film was a fairy tale,” say Cotner and White. “We realized each day that history was unfolding right in front of us, in front of our cameras.” Click here to read more.


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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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