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MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES – FROM MIDDAY TO MIDNIGHT

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Today at DIFF, we’re screening over 30 features, shorts and documentaries. So sit back, relax, and treat your eyes and ears to some sweet cinematic goodness.

Starting at 1 p.m., NOBLE tells the inspiring true story of an Irish orphan who overcomes adversity to become founder of one of the largest children’s foundations in the world. In THANK YOU A LOT (pictured), director Matt Muir sets Austin as the backdrop for his tale of a down-and-out music agent who tries to save his career by signing his own estranged father.

At 7 p.m., catch the award-winning documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8, which recounts in gripping detail the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned California’s Proposition 8. Meanwhile, DIFF veteran Kat Candler’s film, HELLION, stars Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis in the story of a teenage boy’s loss of innocence under the hot South Texas sun.

Later in the evening, see the World Premiere of THE BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST, a true tale of equal rights gone wrong, or sample our array of Documentary Shorts, designed to make you laugh, cry and question the entirety of existence.

Check our full schedule to find the films that tickle your fancy.

ON THE RED CARPET

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

HELLION
Kat Candler (Director),
Kelly Williams (Producer)
Josh Wiggins (Talent)

COPENHAGEN
Mauro Mueller (Producer)
Rocio Lopez (Costume Designer)

REHEARSAL
Tom Rosenberg (Director, Screenwriter)
Catherine Licata (Assistant Producer)

BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST
Sean Gallagher (Director, Screenwriter)
Justin LaLiberty (Producer)

1982
Tommy Oliver (Director)

TOMATO REPUBLIC
Jenna Jackson (Director)
Rob Gowin (Subject of film)

A GRAND CANAL
Johnny Ma (Director)

MOLLY
Craig Elrod (Director, Screenwriter)
Michael Bartnett (Editor, Producer)

FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY GETS PERSONAL IN THE CASE AGAINST 8

case againstIn 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 the infamous case of 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 issue 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.

BROTHERS OF THE BLACK LIST RELIVES LEGACY OF PERSEVERANCE IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 10.52.17 PMOn September 4, 1992, a woman in a small upstate New 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 is a gripping cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong. “Shooting 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.

IN TOMATO REPUBLIC, JACKSONVILLE TEXAS IS RIPE FOR THE PICKIN’

They’ve put something in the water down in Jacksonville, Texas–or rather, something in the tomatoes.

tomtomNestled in Cherokee County, Jacksonville is one of those quaint, postcardable Texas towns, full of Southern hospitality, big on the great outdoors and the proud winner of Guinness World Record for the biggest bowl of salsa. With a population of 17,000, it’s small and slowly growing. But so are the cracks in the pavement. Enter restauranteur Rob Gowin and 23-year-old William Igbokwe, two proud Jacksonvillians worried about the town’s future who decide to do what any, uh, normal person would do: they run for mayor.

In this charming documentary, world-premiering at DIFF 2014, directors Jenna Jackson, Whitney Graham Carter and Anthony Jackson give an entertaining and emotional look at the three-way tussle between Gowin, Igbokwe and incumbent mayor Kenneth Melvin. With election day coming fast, Jacksonville must choose between the charismatic businessman,
the fresh face, or the established politician, each with different visions of the future. Let the takeover begin. Click here to read more.


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