Friday, May 20, 2016

Oak Cliff Film Festival announces it's line up (June 16-19)

I just got the press release below and I had I not seen a good number of the films screening I'd consider making a dash to Texas. This is a good looking festival with some top shelf films. Below is the information I was sent with links dropped in of the films we'vealready reviewed.

The Oak Cliff Film Festival announces the full schedule for the 5th edition of the festival (June 16-19)

Dallas, TX (May 17, 2016) – The Oak Cliff Film Festival announced the full schedule for the 5th edition of the festival, taking place on June 16-19 this year. A fully restored version of Eagle Pennell’s 80s Texas classic, LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO will open OCFF on Thursday, June 16, with Taika Waititi’s previously announced adventure/comedy HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE set to close the film festival on Sunday, June 19 – both at the legendary Texas Theatre. The schedule is comprised of 27 feature-length films and 41 short film. Fourteen features will make their Texas premieres among the narrative and documentary competitions and spotlight sections, and additional special events include music performances that have become a hallmark of OCFF, including bands like Tearist, A Place to Bury Strangers, and True Widow, as well as the previously announced and highly anticipated screening of THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE at the Majestic Theater and “David Lowery Presents FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR” outdoors on Bishop Avenue.

“We could not be more proud and excited to roll out the festival we have put together for this year,” said OCFF Co-Founder and Technical Director Barak Epstein. “Several filmmakers will be coming to Dallas to represent their films, several of which are screening in Texas for the first time, we have added new screening venues and locations, placing us in downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District further solidifying OCFF as an event that incorporates this entire community, and the big events this year – like the PHANTOM screening and FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, and the live show by A Place to Bury Strangers, will be pretty awesome we think.”

The opening night presentation of Eagle Pennell’s LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO, will feature a fully restored print from the 16mm negative. First seen in 1983, the film stars Sonny Carl Davis and Lou Perryman as two men that, upon learning their favorite hangout, the Alamo, is due to be torn down, show up in an attempt to save the establishment – yet end up drinking the night away. SXSW Co-Founder Louis Black, who restored the film’s new print, will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A. The closing night presentation of Waititi’s Sundance hit, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE is a family-friendly comedy/adventure about a national manhunt that is undertaken to search for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle (Sam Neil) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Jessica Harper has been confirmed to attend the previously announced screening of Brian DePalma’s 1974 cult-classic, THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE at the Majestic Theater, upping the ante for that highly anticipated event. Terrence Malick’s landmark film, BADLANDS will screen at the Texas Theatre, which is nearly as perfect match a match of film to venue. “David Lowery Presents: FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR” is a free-to-the-public screening of the beloved 80’s classic, that will be presented outdoors on Bishop Avenue and will include a special screening of the most recent trailer of Lowery’s upcoming PETE’S DRAGON for Disney, as well as an appearance by the OCFF alum and his co-writer and co-producer, Toby Halbrooks.

Films making their Texas premieres include; Irving Franco’s CHEERLEADER, an 80s-set film about a teenager who desperately want revenge on her ex-boyfriend-or to get him back; the Ross Brothers’s previously announced documentary CONTEMPORARY COLOR about a music event headed by the Talking Heads’s David Byrne; Robert Greene’s documentary/dramatic hybrid KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE featuring Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares to portray Christine Chubbuck, a Florida-based television journalist who shot and killed herself while on the air; Deborah Stratman’s THE ILLINOIS PARABLES, an experimental documentary focused on the state via its physical landscapes and human politics; Harrison Atkins’s LACE CRATER, about what transpires after a woman makes the ill-fated decision to have sex with a ghost; Michael Curtis Johnson’s HUNKY DORY, about a dive bar drag queen forced to look after his 11-year-old son; Thom Andersen’s THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD, which is his personal history of cinema, partially inspired by philosopher Gilles Deleuze; and Angela Boatwright’s documentary LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE, about the punk rock scene in South Central and East L.A.

Additional Texas premieres include; Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s previously announced documentary DE PALMA, on the brilliant filmmaker; Gabrel Mascaro’s documentary NEON BULL, about Vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport that involves pulling bulls to the ground by their tails; Aaron Brookner’s documentary UNCLE HOWARD, about the filmmaker’s quest to find the lost negative of BURROGHS: THE MOVIE, his uncle's critically-acclaimed portrait of legendary author William S. Burroughs; and three films that made their an impression at Sundance earlier this year - Jeff Feuerzeig’s AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY, about the woman behind the enigmatic literary avatar; Anna Rose Holmer’s THE FITS, about a girl obsessed with the dance team she just joined; and Penny Lane’s NUTS!, about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station.

Films in the Narrative Competition this year include; Andre Hyland’s THE 4TH, about a series of awkward and absurd situations a down-on-his-luck man goes through as he tries to have a 4th of July cookout; Adam Pinney’s THE ARBALEST, about the inventor of the world’s greatest toy who is obsessed with a woman that hates him; Atkins’s LACE CRATER; Franco’s CHEERLEADER; and Zach Clark’s LITTLE SISTER, about a former goth girl turned nun who returns to her childhood home in North Carolina. The winner of the Narrative Feature Award will receive a AJA CION 4K Digital Cinema Camera and Media card kit. Other prizes include: Davinci Resolve Software from Blackmagic Design, Professional Post Production storage from G-Technology and camera accessories from Oak Cliff's own Wooden Camera.

Competing in the Documentary Competition will be: the Ross Brothers’ CONTEMPORARY COLOR; Greene’s KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE; Josh Bishop’s THE DWARVENAUT, about Dungeons and Dragons-obsessed art prodigy Stefan Pokomy; Stratman’s THE ILLINOIS PARABLES; and GOODNIGHT BROOKLYN: THE STORY OF DEATH BY AUDIO, about the Brooklyn music venue’s decade-long existence as a theoretical and literal non-traditional home for underground music.

Live performances by bands and performance art installations will once again be a major part of the Oak Cliff Film Festival with Tearist, an American electronic/industrial duo from Los Angeles performing at the Texas Theatre on Friday, June 17. Spinster Records’ Podcast Party featuring Check Surroundings For Safety, and performances by New York City–based American noise rock band A Place To Bury Strangers, as well as Dallas-based rock band True Widow, are also set for performances on Saturday, June 18. In addition, OCFF will host several free educational events, including a free-to-students comprehensive filmmaking workshop sponsored by KD Conservatory and Indie Filmmaking Workshop headed by crowdfunding outlet, Seed & Spark.

OCFF takes place at the historic Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theater, the Majestic, the Basement Gallery, outdoors – literally on Bishop Avenue, and other venues in North Oak Cliff.

Festival VIP passes (which provide access to all screenings, events, and free drinks all weekend), ticket four-packs are on sale now, and individual screening tickets are on sale now at via OCFF’s official ticketing sponsor, Prekindle.

The 2016 Oak Cliff Film Festival official selections:

Director: Eagle Pennell
Country: USA, Running Time: 87min
When Cowboy (Sonny Carl Davis) and Claude (Lou Perryman) learn that their favorite dive, the Alamo, is on the verge of being torn down, they show up on the last night with hopes of saving the bar. Instead, the would-be saviors and their pals spend more time drinking the night away.

Director: Taika Waititi
Country: New Zealand, Running Time: 101min
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.


Director: Andre Hyland
Country: USA, Running Time: 83min
It's the 4th of July in LA and Jamie, a down on his luck illustrator who's behind on rent, tries to throw a cookout while his overbearing roommate Derek is out of town. When Jamie decides to borrow Derek's bike without asking for a quick trip to the liquor store for lighter fluid, his entire day and life quickly begin to go up in smoke. Sparked by an incident with a road-rager, Jamie quickly finds himself far from home; trapped in a series of awkward, absurd and frustrating situations with a variety of characters.

THE ARBALEST (76 mins)
Director: Adam Pinney
Country: USA, Running Time: 76min
Foster Kalt, a famous toy inventor in the 1970s, reflects on his lifelong obsession with Sylvia Frank. From his first meeting with Sylvia in a New York Hotel Room in 1968, to years later when he is stalking her from a cabin in the woods, the puzzle pieces of Kalt’s obsession come together to form of his latest, shocking invention.

LACE CRATER – Texas Premiere
Director: Harrison Atkins
Country: USA, Running Time: 83min
All Ruth wanted was to get away for the weekend. Escaping to the Hamptons with friends after a bad breakup, she finds an unexpected connection with Michael, a stranger who shows up in her room one boozy night. They have great chemistry, and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. There’s only one problem: Michael’s a ghost, and a one night stand with him leaves Ruth with after effects that can only be described as supernatural. As she suffers through mucous-laden night sweats, glitchy hallucinations, and the occasional tar-black ooze, her friends become too disgusted to support her. Ruth must figure out for herself if she can reintegrate into society - or if she even wants to.

CHEERLEADER – Texas Premiere
Director: Irving Franco
Country: USA, Running Time: 70min
Bubblegum, side ponytails, and eighties-inspired hits blanket this witty satire centered around Mickey, a naive and promiscuous teenager who—reeling from her first heartbreak—seeks calculated revenge on her ex-boyfriend by turning her attention to an unlikely subject.

Director: Zack Clark
Country: USA, Running Time: 91min
October, 2008. Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. Her parents are happy enough to see her, but unease and awkwardness abounds. Her brother is living as a recluse in the guesthouse since returning home from the Iraq war. During Colleen’s visit, tensions rise and fall with a little help from Halloween, pot cupcakes, and GWAR. Little Sister is a sad comedy about family – a schmaltz-free, pathos-drenched, feel good movie for the little goth girl inside us all.


Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Country: USA, Running Time: 97min
In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, CONTEMPORARY COLOR is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.

Director: Josh Bishop
Country: USA, Running Time: 84min
A dreamlike glimpse into the visionary mind of Brooklyn-based artist and entrepreneur Stefan Pokorny. An art prodigy obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons, who attempts to bring his most ambitious work to life through Kickstarter.

Director: Matthew Conboy
Country: USA, Running Time: 82min
From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion-dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals.

Director: Deborah Stratman
Country: USA, Running Time: 60min
From dreamy aerial opening shots, we are sent on an expedition through the storied land of our fifth most populous state, Illinois, often called a miniature version of America. This experimental documentary explores how physical landscapes and human politics can each re-interpret historical events. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism, and resistance. Who gets to write history—physical monuments, official news accounts, or personal spoken-word memories?

Director: Robert Greene
Country: USA, Running Time: 112min
In 1974, television host Christine Chubbuck committed suicide on air at a Sarasota, Florida, news station. This is considered the first televised suicide in history, and though it was the inspiration for the 1976 Best Picture nominee Network, the story and facts behind the event remain mostly unknown. Now in the present, actress Kate Lyn Sheil is cast in a “stylized cheap ‘70s soap opera” version of Christine’s story, and to prepare for the role, Kate travels to Sarasota to investigate the mysteries and meanings behind her tragic demise.


Director: Joel Potrykus
Country: USA, Running Time: 82min
Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Country: USA, Running Time: 110min
New York magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, Laura Albert. AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but for Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow
Country: USA, Running Time: 107min
One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as CARRIE, DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT, SCARFACE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, CARLITO’S WAY, and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field.

THE FITS – Texas Premiere
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Country: USA, Running Time: 72min
11-year-old Toni, a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End, becomes enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls. Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance plunges off the deep end.

HUNKY DORY – Texas Premiere
Director: Michael Curtis Johnson
Country: USA, Running Time: 88min
After his ex disappears, Sidney, a dive bar drag queen, is forced to look after his 11-year-old son in a tale of unconventional fatherhood, the fear of mediocrity, and the pulsing reality of dreams deferred.

Director: Angela Boatwright
Country: USA, Running Time: 79min
Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles. A cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults comprise the scene: bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a subculture of thrash and noise and pits. The sense of belonging is palpable; emotional bonds fostered among good families and those broken, poverty and wealth, adolescence and maturity, with the music emanating a magnetic chorus for all to sing together.

NEON BULL – Texas Premiere
Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Country: USA, Running Time: 101min
Iremar works as a cowboy who prepares oxen for Vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport that involves pulling bulls to the ground by their tails. The truck carrying the oxen for the event serves as a makeshift home for him and his colleagues: Joe, your pen partner, and Galician - dancer, truck driver and mother of audacious Caca. Together they form an unlikely, improvised family.

NUTS! – Texas Premiere
Director: Penny Lane
Country: USA, Running Time: 79min
NUTS! is a feature length documentary about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station. Tracing Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America.

Director: Tim K. Smith
Country: USA, Running Time: 76min
SEX AND BROADCASTING is a feature length documentary about New Jersey's WFMU, the world's strangest and most unique radio station, and one man's attempt to keep it alive in the face of recession, the persistent threat of commercial media, and the challenges that come with keeping a rebellious group of outsiders together.

Director: Thom Andersen
Country: USA, Running Time: 114min
"To those who have nothing must be restored the cinema" decries legendary film theorist Thom Andersen, whose newest film covers the vast territory between Griffith and Godard. In this film Andersen takes us on his personal history of cinema, partially inspired by philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Director: Avishai Sivan
Country: USA, Running Time: 120min
Haim-Aaron is an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar from Jerusalem whose talent and devotion are envied by all. One evening, following a self-imposed fast, he collapses and loses consciousness. The paramedics announce his death, but his father, refusing to let him go, takes over resuscitation efforts and, beyond all expectations, Haim-Aaron comes back to life. After the accident he suddenly feels a strange awakening in his body and suspects that God is testing him. The film then takes a turn towards the surreal when talking toilet alligators, alley traveling horses and heavy highway smoke show up.

UNCLE HOWARD - Texas Premiere
Director: Aaron Brookner
Country: USA, Running Time: 96min
When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, Bloodhounds of Broadway. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find the lost negative of BURROUGHS, THE MOVIE, his uncle's critically-acclaimed portrait of legendary author William S. Burroughs. When Aaron uncovers Howard's extensive archive in Burroughs’ bunker, it not only revives the film for a new generation, but also opens a vibrant window on New York City’s creative culture from the 1970s and ‘80s, and inspires a wide-ranging exploration of his beloved uncle's legacy.


Director: Terrence Malick
Country: USA, Running Time: 94min
Inspired by real-life killers Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate, this tale of crime and love begins in a dead-end town. Teenage girl Holly (Sissy Spacek) angers her father (Warren Oates) when she begins dating an older and rebellious boy (Martin Sheen). After a conflict between Holly and her father erupts in murder, the young lovers are forced to flee. In the ensuing crime spree, they journey through the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana, eluding authorities along the way.

Dir. Randal Kleiser
Country: USA, Running Time: 90min
This 1978 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is overjoyed to have him back, but just as perplexed as he is by the fact that he hasn't aged. When a NASA scientist discovers a UFO nearby, David gets the chance to unravel the mystery and recover the life he lost.

Director: Brian De Palma
After record producer Swan (Paul Williams) steals the music of songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finley) and gives it to one of his bands, Leach sneaks into Swan's offices. Catching Leach, Swan frames him for dealing drugs, which lands him in prison. After Leach breaks out and again attempts to sabotage Swan's empire, an accident crushes his face. Leach then dons a costume and becomes the Phantom, intent on ruining Swan while saving singer Phoenix (Jessica Harper) from a terrible fate.


Running Time: 92min

Director: Yen Tan
Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min
A dying man preparing to move in with his estranged mother makes an appointment with a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.

Director: Kim Sherman
Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min
A professional dog walker must cope with the death of her favorite client.

Directors: Cailin Lowry, Kerry Furrh, Olivia Mitchell
Country: USA, Running Time: 11min
Four best friends/bandmates are packed and ready to make their long-anticipated road-trip move to Los Angeles, but their hometown keeps getting in the way.

Director: Jeff Walker
Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min
A MMA fighter balances her life and career after a recent knockout goes viral.

Director: Elena Megalos
Country: USA, Running Time: 8min
In an effort to move on, a heartbroken woman procures a goat to consume her ex-lover’s belongings.

Director: Conor Byrne
Country: USA, Running Time: 3min
A prayer for the New York Knicks.

Director: Michael Paulucci
Country: USA, Running Time: 9min
A teenager from Chicago decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance.

Director: Myrsini Aristidou
Country: Greece, Running Time: 13min
Semele uses a school note as an excuse to visit her long absent father at his workplace, where her presence highlights their fragile relationship.

Director: Truls Krane Meby
Country: Norway, Running Time: 16min
The introduction of porn into young Mads’s life complicates his relationship to his parents as their house becomes a minefield filled with uncomfortable interactions.

Running Time: 90min

Director: Zack Godshall
Country: USA, Running Time: 13min
In Yscloskey Beach, Louisiana, with the support of his wife of 71 years, Joseph Gonzales navigates the onset of blindness and painful memories in hopes of finishing the boat he started building decades ago.

Director: Jason Outenreath
Country: USA, Running Time: 10min
A conceptual artist, Alvaro Enciso, travels to remote regions of the Sonora Desert to lay crosses at the exact coordinates where undocumented immigrants have died in pursuit of the American Dream.

Director: Bryan Storkel
Country: USA, Running Time: 11min
2004 U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean and his fateful “I Have a Scream” speech becomes the first viral moment in American politics.

Directors: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari
Country: USA, Running Time: 8min
When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families.

Director: Gabriel Sunday
Country: USA, Running Time: 18min
Iconic musician/artist Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging artist coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.

Director: Sai Selvarajan
Country: USA, Running Time: 4min
A girl rides home at night in the dark.

Director: Gene Gallerano
Country: USA, Running Time: 19min
Actor Austin Pendleton and his peers talk about his work, his life, and what it takes to define yourself and stand out in a world driven by celebrity, Twitter followers, and the A-list jawlines of People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Dir. Scott Calonico
Country: USA, Running Time: 7min
Recordings of press conferences at the Reagan White House reveal the shocking indifference, and sometimes outright derision, which the administration dealt with the growing AIDS epidemic.

Running Time: 90min

Director: Shawn Bannon
Country: USA, Running Time: 6min
A 16-year old girl obsessed with horror films goes around town covered in fake blood and reenacts the craziest scenes from her favorites.

Directors: Eric Mainade, Andres Meza-Valdes
Country: USA, Running Time: 22min
An illegal migrant worker decides it's time to move on from picking crops and find her father. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her.

Director: Calvin Reeder
Country: USA, Running Time: 11min
An unsuspecting traveler encounters a stranger in a motel bathroom, together experiencing an alien phenomenon on public access.

Directors: Kati Skelton, Harrison Atkins
Country: USA, Running Time: 6min
Five women are trapped on a purgatorial game show and there's only one way out.

Director: Brian Lonano
Country: USA, Running Time: 6min
A recently released criminal, looking for a good time, can forget his sins, but he can never forget his Gwilliam.

Director: Lenny Guit
Country: France, Running Time: 17min
Nathalie is a pretty babysitter looking for love in a sea of schmucks.

Directors: Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie
Country: USA, Running Time: 10min
A tampered take-out container transports a couple to another dimension.

Director: Tom Barndt
Country: USA, Running Time: 12min
Pilot episode for an animated comedy series centered around two paranormal investigators.

Running Time: 85min

Director: Ross Meckfessel
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min
The stink of seaweed permeates the streets. I’ve heard there’s growing dissatisfaction among the youth. Do you feel content? How often do you dream? Are you better off alone?

Diector: Jesse McLean
Country: USA, Running Time: 14min
Through a purposeful masking of the differentiations between performance and acting, a famous Hollywood actress and her double, character, actual person, audience expectation, and cinema magic, this video offers a look behind the silver screen.

Director: Kelly Sears
Country: USA, Running Time: 9min
Official, covert, occult and limitless reconnaissance protocols are mirrored in this instructional guide.

Director: Michael Robinson
Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min
A modern prophet's visions of mythical destruction and transformation are recounted across a turbulent geometric ceremony of rising curtains, swirling set pieces, and unveiled idols from music television’s past. Together, these parallel cults of revelation unlock a pathway to the far side of the sun.

Director: Matthew Wade
Country: USA, Running Time: 12min
Neon ghosts dreaming in dead landscapes.

Director: Eugene Kolb
Country: USA, Running Time: 5min
Two people recount their first meeting on the New York City subway.

Director: Callum Walter
Country: USA, Running Time: 11min
A mobile device captures the trajectories of objects liberated from and bound to land, against a backdrop of uniquely human dissonance.

Directors: Juan David, Gonzales Monroy, Anja Dornieden
Countrry: Germany, Running Time: 17min
In 1984, for three weeks in May, what appeared to be a giant cloud shrouded the small town of Hüllen-Hüllen in darkness. Before the end of the month the cloud had dispersed and life seemed to return to normal. One month later, however, the town was hastily abandoned and its residents were nowhere to be found.

Running Time: 80min

Director: Caleb Kuntz
Country: USA, Running Time: 8min
Florence, a teenager enraptured by her unusual perception of the world, is misdiagnosed and prescribed psychotropic medication.

Director: Mika Morikawa
Country: USA, Running Time: 5min
A young girl’s trip with her mother is interrupted by an unexpected presence.

Director: Amanda Gotera
Country: USA, Running Time: 20min
When a giant bird snatches her little sister from the backyard, teen witch-in-training Tasha must race to the rescue across a vast, mystical wasteland.

Director: Nancy Harris
Country: USA, Running Time: 7min

Director: Brittney Shepherd
Country: USA, Running Time: 6min
Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and the limits of girlhood, a young girl’s outing to the corner store stirs an unexpected self-realization.

Director: Jim Hickcox
Country: USA, Running Time: 12min
Fifteen-year-old Otter brings home a horror film to watch with her brother and his friend, not realizing that she's doomed them to an encounter with the Slow Creep.

Director: Mary Huong Tran
Country: USA, Running Time: 2min

Director: Cole Forson
Country: USA, Running Time: 5min
Hey, you ever heard of one of them thought experiments?

About the Oak Cliff Film Festival:
The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2012 as a regional film festival in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. The festival has been received national acclaim from prominent sources including The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine. Led by the Aviation Cinemas team, who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December of 2010, and backed by the 501 3(c) Oak Cliff Foundation, the Oak Cliff Film Festival features the very best of Oak Cliff’s theater venues, highlights the popular restaurants and bars of the area, and seeks to showcase the best of independent and brave filmmaking of all stripes from Texas and beyond. Learn more at

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