It’s here!  The Dallas International Film Festival is around the corner and they have just announced their first 10 films that will be featured at the 2014 festival.  The DIFF is near and dear to my heart as I used to work with these wonderful people and served as Executive Producer of the festival during 2010 and 2011.  I highly encourage you to buy a festival pass and get immersed in as much film as you can.  The festival runs April 3- 13 so you have plenty of time to hit the theaters. I’ll see you there with popcorn in hand!

Here is some key information about the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival
8th annual Dallas International Film Festival runs April 3-13th
Presenting Sponsor – AutoNation
Approximately 150 films will be screened over 11 days
                    The box office will open on March 17th in Mockingbird Station and on-line for ticket and pass sales                          (more details below)

First 10 films announced for the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Keegan Connor Tracy, Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche
SYNOPSIS: An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.
DIRECTOR: David Gordon Green
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins
SYNOPSIS: An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.
DIRECTOR: Kat Candler
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins
SYNOPSIS: When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, thirteen-year-old, Jacob’s increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other in order to bring Wes home.
DIRECTOR: Matt Livadary
SYNOPSIS: QUEENS & COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association. Roping and riding across North America for the past 30 years, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. And along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book.
RICH HILL                                                                                                   
DIRECTOR: Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
SYNOPSIS: RICH HILL intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.
ABOVE ALL ELSE                                                                                      
DIRECTOR: John Feige
SYNOPSIS: One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, ABOVE ALL ELSE follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.
DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski
SYNOPSIS: Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
FIRESTORM (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)                                               
(China/Hong Kong)
Cast: Andy Lau
SYNOPSIS: A storm is heading to the city of Hong Kong, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation. 
BELIEVE ME (WORLD PREMIERE)                                                        
DIRECTOR: Will Bakke
Cast: Nick Offerman, Johanna Braddy, Christopher McDonald
SYNOPSIS: Desperate, broke, and out of ideas, four college seniors start a fake Christian charity to embezzle money for tuition
PARIS, TEXAS (1984) 30th Anniversary Screening reuniting cast and crew at the Historic Texas Theatre. 
(West Germany/USA/France/UK)
DIRECTOR: Wim Wenders
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
SYNOPSIS: A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out to locate the mother of the child, who left shortly after the man disappeared.

Passes and Tickets

DIFF passes are on sale at the online Prekindle box office at www.DallasFilm.org and range from $125 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:

  • All-access pass to all screenings
  • One invitation to the Opening Night Screening & Gala on April 3, 2014, subject to availability.
  • Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival
  • Access for one person to the Festival Lounge. (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol.)
  • Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions
  • Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise

Starting March 17, individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird station, and online at www.DallasFilm.org.



The Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society.  A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today’s world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual Dallas International Film Festival, scheduled for April 3 – 13, 2014, is a presentation of the Dallas Film Society. In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, the Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and partnership programs with arts organizations around the city.  For more information, call (214) 720-0555, or visit www.DallasFilm.org.  The offices of the Dallas Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219.

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