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DAY 6: DIFF FILMS TO SATISFY ALL YOUR CRAVINGS

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With warm Spring weather on the way, today at DIFF we’re serving up a feast for your ears, eyes and souls.

If music is your thing, we have WE FROM DALLAS in the Deep Ellum Sounds section. It’s director Teddy Cool’s take on the history of Dallas hip-hop. In our Texas Competition, you’ll find THANK YOU A LOT, which follows down-and-out music manager Jack Hand’s attempt to revive his career by signing his estranged father. Director-screenwriter Matt Muir based the story on legendary Austin musician James Hand.

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of visual wizardry in THE CONGRESS, Ari Folman’s film about a woman (Robin Wright) who agrees to become a virtual movie star. If a Hong Kong thriller is more your style, you’re in store for a whole mess of crazy action in both DOOMSDAY PARTY and FIRESTORM.

Meanwhile, LITTLE BROTHER gives us a look at life in Kazakhstan through the solitary life of a nine-year-old shepherd and student who makes his own way in the world. Back in the States, first-time director Tommy Oliver shows us the effects of drug addiction and Wayne Brady on a Philadelphia family in 1982.

Today DIFF also presents a handful of films from our competitions and festival sections as well as both the Animation and North Texas College Students shorts blocks.

Check out today’s schedule to find the films you want to see at DIFF.

ON THE RED CARPET

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 4.50.11 AMDuring 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! Scheduled to appear starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Red Carpet at the Angelika:

WE FROM DALLAS
Teddy Cool (Director)
Jamie Chatterton, King Hollis (Executive Producers)
Islam Salem (Producer)
Joel Salazar (Producer)
John Huffman IV (Executive Producer)
HeadKrack (Talent)
Cold Cris (Talent)
Ez Eddie D (Talent)
S1 (Talent)
Pikahsso (Talent)

DOOMSDAY PARTY
Ho Hong (Director)

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
Leah Meyerhoff (Director, Screenwriter)

THE LAST 40 MILES
Alex Hannaford (Director)

TANGLED TALE
Corrie Francis Parks (Director)

EASY
Daniel Laabs (Director)
Jan Brandt (Production Designer)

RICH HILL
Tracy Droz Tragos (Co-Director)

EDUCAUTION
David Esfeh (Director, Screenwriter)
Ben Bhatti (Producer)

BLUR
Courtney Ware (Director, Screenwriter)
Meredith Burke (Producer)

STRIKE: THE GREATEST BOWLING STORY EVER TOLD
Michael Mooney (Producer)
Bill Fong (Subject of the film)

THANK YOU A LOT
Matt Muir (Director)
Chris Ohlson (Producer)

IN THESE 4 DIFF FILMS, YA GOTTA HAVE FAITH

At the heart of four films this year is a question of faith.

prodInspired by true events, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL tells the story of Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear), who comes to believe his 3-year-old son visited Heaven and spoke with angels after a near-death experience. In the documentary THE OVERNIGHTERS, director Jesse Moss wonders how far the ideal of ‘love they neighbor’ can really go. Then in BELIEVE ME, a group of college students create a fake Christian charity to make tuition money, while PRODUCE (pictured) tells the story of a washed-up baseball player who embarks on a special friendship. Regardless of what you believe, these outstanding films might just lift your spirit. Click here to read more.

ANIMATED SHORTS DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS

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This year’s Animated Shorts Competition is a collection of six charming yet disarming films. Take Bernando Britto’s YEARBOOK, for example, where a regular Joe is tasked with putting together a yearbook for the entire human race. Winner of a Short Film Jury Award at Sundance, this animated short is a unique story that, according to the director, may not matter at all, really. “When I started to make it, I kind of realized that it didn’t really matter what I made,” Britto said. “Because on Earth everything is temporary. So I thought, if I was going to make a movie that eventually no one would remember, then I’m gonna make it about how we’ll all be forgotten.” Click here to read more (or just forget it).

ANTI-HEROES GO FOR BROKE IN DOOMSDAY PARTY

doomsdayAmidst the chaos of an economic catastrophe, a group of strangers’ lives fatefully intertwine inside the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. In director Ho Hong’s DOOMSDAY PARTY, five paths have led to one final climatic bank heist with an explosive conclusion. The film is a Hong Kong thriller at its best, blending top notch production value with intense suspense. According to Hong, the situation also reflects real life. “The difficulty our characters face is the epitome of Hong Kong situation. The clock is ticking, and there is no way out.” Click here to read more.

LOOKING AHEAD: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL CENTERPIECE

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.

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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.

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