The 8th annual Oak Cliff Film Festival (#OCFF2019) runs June 6-9, 2019 and co-founders Barak Epstein and Jason Reimer are back to provide a unique experience blending films, music, parties, workshops and the local flavor of one of Texas’ most distinctive communities. As always, the historic Texas Theatre will be the home base, while other local venues playing a key role include: Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kessler Theater, Wild Detectives, and numerous local restaurants and businesses.
Opening Night is highlighted by the DFW premiere of GREENER GRASS, a surreal suburban American Dream parody co-written and co-directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, both of whom also star in the film and will be in attendance at the screening. In keeping with OCFF tradition, the screening will be followed by a DJ set from maximalist electronic composer Dan Deacon.
“Spotlight” features at the festival include THE MOUNTAIN starring Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan, with writer Dustin Guy Defa in attendance; Oscar winning director Danny Boyle’s latest film YESTERDAY, about the last man on Earth who remembers the Beatles music; the timely docu-drama THE INFILTRATORS from co-directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera; JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK directed by Dallas International Film Festival program director Daniel Laabs, who will be in attendance; and STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS, a documentary about evangelist-turned-musician David Bazan, with director Brandon Vedder in attendance.
There are six films in each of the competition categories, Narrative feature and Documentary feature, while the festival is also presenting 4 Repertory films, including a newly restored version of legendary Japanese master filmmaker Yosujiro Ozu’s 1933 silent film DRAGNET GIRL – with live accompaniment from Nashville-based deliberate ambient music band Coupler. There is even a Free outdoor screening for the 20th anniversary of the animated classic THE IRON GIANT (written by Texan Tim McCanlies). In total, the festival will present 29 feature films and 36 shorts.
For the 2019 festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival has once again partnered with the Austin Film Society, Sailor Bear film collective, Tim Headington’s Ley Line Entertainment, and the Dallas Producers Association to provide up and coming North Texas filmmakers with grant funds specifically to make feature films. OCFF is proud to promote the North Texas Pioneer Film Grant of $35,000 as part of the 2019 AFS Grant. These funds are reserved for emerging filmmakers who reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with an emphasis on underrepresented perspectives.
If you are after a unique festival experience with an emphasis on Texas film and local flavor, check out http://oakclifffilmfestival.com/ for more details and ticketing information.