From July 19 – 22, the Historic Texas Theatre, The Kessler Theater, and The Bishop Arts Theatre will be combining their efforts with other local venues to bring to the screen a slew of short, documentary, and feature films of all kinds that “showcase the best of independent and brave filmmaking of all stripes from Oak Cliff, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, and Austin, as well as the rest of the country and the world.”
According to the official website, “This year the Festival is celebrating the legacy of Eadweard Muybridge, the pioneering photographer. Muybridge’s photographic innovations in pursuit of the answer to questions about animal motion, including the zoopraxiscope, led to the development of the first motion pictures. OCFF hopes to highlight the craft, as well as the artistry, of film, honoring the tradition of work going back to Muybridge.”
Film highlights for this year include:
Yakona, a beautiful impressionistic picture film about the San Marcos river (which received rave reviews from those attending its SXSW premiere).
Buzzard, which finds a small time con artist wreaking havoc upon Detroit with nothing more than bogus checks, a severely modified Nintendo Power Glove, and a temper.
To Be Takei, a documentary following actor and activist George Takei and his husband, Brad.
Mood Indigo, director Michel Gondry’s romantic love story starring Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris, inspired by Boris Vian’s novel.
The Dog, an intimate portrait of the man who inspired the Sidney Lumet classic Dog Day Afternoon. (A 35mm screening of Sidney Lumet’s film will also be taking place).
Several other films are scheduled to screen (such as Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom and The Talking Heads concert documentary Stop Making Sense), as well as events such as filmmaker’s panels.
With word of mouth spreading, momentum for this treasure of a festival is growing. Those looking for a fun weekend of nonstop film without dealing with out of control prices and overwhelming crowds usually associated with events such as this can do no wrong with the Oak Cliff Film Festival.
For more information on the festival, including screenings, tickets, free events, and so much more, check out oakclifffilmfestival.com.