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DAY 5: MAKING YOUR MONDAY MERRIER WITH MOVIES!

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Wow, what a weekend!

We had one of the best-ever openings of the Dallas International Film Festival – with Opening Night at the City Performance Hall, High School and Family Days, a Centerpiece Gala, our Latin Film showcase and dozens of filmmakers and screenings at the Angelika Film Center.

But we’re not done yet. No no no, that’s not us. Today continues the trend with the first showing of the films in our Animated Shorts Competition, presented by Reel FX. Come see the best animators in the biz as a lead up to our presentation of the Texas Avery Award to John K. at Dallas Film Society Honors later in the week.

Today’s lineup also contains four amazing documentaries (NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY, ROAD TO AUSTIN, THE OVERNIGHTERS, and THE SPECIAL NEED) and nine narrative features (see them all here) for a total of 14 screenings. Monday doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

If you need more incentive to come out, we’re giving free admission to our 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. screenings to students, military members and seniors (62+) with appropriate ID. The deal is good for those screening times through Friday, April 11.

Check out the screening schedule then come out to the Angelika. We’ll keep the popcorn warm.

3 DIFF FILMS FEATURE FAMILY DYSFUNCTION

hellionThere’s an African proverb that says “it takes a village to raise a child.” In most cases that’s true. But what happens when the village won’t, or doesn’t exist?

This year, three DIFF films–RICH HILL, LITTLE BROTHER and HELLION–take us behind closed doors to see how families (dys)function. Click here to read more.

WEB JUNKIE: INSIDE CHINA’S INTERNET ADDICTION

web_junkieIn 2008, China became the first country to officially consider internet addiction as a medical disorder, declaring it the number one health threat to its youth. Since then, hundreds of private rehabilitation centers have sprung up across the country, aiming to combat this “illness” with a blend of re-education, boot camp and therapy (both the “group’ as well as the “shock” varieties).

In WEB JUNKIE, a surprising and intimate documentary, filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia take us inside one such center for a look at this complicated issue along with the personal and social problems at its heart. Click here to read more from director Shosh Shlam.

2 DALLAS DOCS FEATURE BIG MUSIC IN BIG D

wefromdallas“Music is a very regional thing,” says Teddy Cool, director of the hip hop documentary WE FROM DALLAS. “I believe most cities or regions of the world have some genre of music they have made their own.”

Meanwhile, THE STARCK CLUB explores the historical, cultural and musical contribution of Starck, the Dallas version of Studio 54.Together these films capture the history of Big D’s music scene in a way that hasn’t been done before. Click here to read more.

LOOKING AHEAD: NORTH TEXAS COLLEGE SHORTS

college shortsThe North Texas College Shorts Showcase is DIFF’s chance to introduce you some of the area’s brightest young filmmakers.

Help us support the students and film programs in our hometown at 9:45 on Tuesday at the Angelika.

Students in this year’s showcase come from Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Arlinton, Tarrant County College and Baylor University. Click to see the films in the North Texas College Shorts Showcase.


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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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