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DAY 4: LATINO CINEMA SHOWCASE AT ANGELIKA

Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 9.14.11 AMWith North Texas dipping back into winter weather for whatever reason, a warm movie theater sure sounds inviting. Luckily for you, today, Sunday April 6, is DIFF’s annual Latino Cinema Showcase, with six outstanding films from across Latin America. Starting from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station, this year’s films include:

REZETA (pictured) follows the misadventures of a foreign model’s new life in Mexico City, while THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK documents the origin, rise and legacy of Mexican luchador “El Santo.” Chilean director Nicolas Lopez crafts a tale of friendship beyond all reason in BEST WORST FRIENDS, contrasted with the more dramatic HELI, where a working-class kid becomes trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. In GREENCARD WARRIORS, an undocumented Mexican family in Los Angeles struggles to get by, while a son comes to terms with his father’s past decisions in Uruguayan director Manolo Nieto’s THE MILITANT.

Click here to learn more info on our Latino Showcase films.

DIFF 2014 TALK/SHOW PANELS: YOUTH, RACE, FAITH

The Dallas International Film Festival presents Talk/Show, a free series of panel discussions that will interest filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Here’s a preview of this year’s panels, to be held at the Dallas Museum of Art on Sunday, April 6:

NOON: FILM MATTERS-—IMPACTING YOUTH
The discussion will focus on messaging to children, tweens and teens; structuring an age appropriate story; entertaining young audiences while driving home a message that can change behavior or attitudes, and other issues. Presented by ArtHouse Dallas and M3 Films and Moderated by Director Keith Maitland.

2 P.M.: RACE IN FILM
This panel will explore the racial memes, stereotypes and hurdles that exist in modern cinema, where films today are increasingly divided into categories based on race, gender and sexual. The discussion will also focus on how quality storytelling can transcend cultural differences and become universally enjoyed by people of all backgrounds.
Moderated by Jamilah King, Editor for Colorlines.com

4 P.M.: FAITH IN FILM
Lots of films can be said to have soul, but faith-based films take it to another level. This panel will discuss the lucrative and growing trend of faith-based filmmaking, including who is making them, who the audiences are, and the future of this movie making market. Moderated by Michael Cain of M3 Films.

Click here for more information on our Talk/Show Panels.

ON THE RED CARPET

Scheduled to appear today starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Red Carpet at the Angelika:

THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK
Gabriela Obregon (Director, Screenwriter)
Jorge Guzman (Subject of film)

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY
Mike Blizzard (Producer)
Sam Douglas (Editor, Co-Producer)
Jeffrey Brown (Co-Producer)
David Hodges (Executive Producer)

PRIVATE VIOLENCE
Kit Gruelle (Subject of film)

LAMBING SEASON
Jeannie Donohoe (Director, Screenwriter)
Breeda Wool (Talent)

QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO
Matt Livadary (Director, Writer, Producer)
Wade Earp (Subject in film)
Chris Sherman (Subject in film)

ZERO HOUR
Dan Carrillo Levy (Director, Producer)
Rossana Tornel (Costume department)
Jaime Camil (Talent)

SHOOTING THE SHORT: FOOD-ON-FOOD VIOLENCE AND ARMAGEDDON

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 6.24.55 PMLate at night, as you drift into unconsciousness, weird little thoughts sneak into your mind. It’s OK to admit it. DIFF’s Late Night Shorts are a chance to get in touch with these inner oddities.This year, the shorts include anthropomorphic food items stabbing each other (pictured) and a hilarious look at the dissolution of society as we know it. Click here to read an interview with director Renny Maslow, the first (but likely not the last) person to shoot Zach Braff in the face with a gun.

ASSORTED LESSONS FROM THE SHORT SIDE

In this five-way Q&A, directors participating in niniDIFF’s Shorts Program 2 provide insight into their personal process of making a short film, including Justin Liberman (TOBACCO BURN), Brett Weiner (VERBATIM), Jeremy Robbins (AFTERMATH), Melissa Hickey (NI-NI), and Augustine Frizzell (I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL). Click here to read more.


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