North Texas Film Festival 2019 Preview

Long overlooked for film festivals and cutting edge movie events, the Dallas ‘burbs are finally getting some love. Dallas Film (https://www.dallasfilm.org/), a nonprofit organization that exists to celebrate the past, present and future of film in our community, is presenting the inaugural North Texas Film Festival (NTXFF) in Plano, Texas. The key sponsor is Capital One, and the festival will run September 26-29 at Cinemark West Plano and XD, next door to the Cinemark corporate headquarters.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Veterans Institute for Film and Media, a program that prepares veterans for careers in film and media production through education, mentorships and job placements. For more info visit https://vifm.us/

According to Johnathan Brownlee, President and CEO of Dallas Film, and James Faust, Artistic Director of Dallas Film, the lineup at this new festival will cover topics, categories and genres such as family, sports, veterans, horror, shorts, repertory, and Best of DIFF. As a bonus, Dallas Film has partnered with “Fangoria”, an iconic horror magazine celebrating its 40th anniversary. This partnership delivers a couple of real (reel) treats for fans of horror.

The first 15 films on the schedule have been announced, and are listed below by category:

Family Feature:
BACK OF THE NET, Australia, directed by Louise Alston

Texas Premiere:
CLEMENCY, USA, directed by Chinonye Chukwu
THE TONY ALVA STORY, USA, directed by Coan “Buddy” Nichols and Rick Charnoski

Best of DIFF – Documentary Feature
LIVE FROM THE ASTROTURF, USA, directed by Steven Gaddis

Best of DIFF – Narrative Feature
THIS WORLD WON’T BREAK, USA, directed by Josh David Jordan

“Fangoria” Horror:
RE-ANIMATOR, 1985, directed by Stuart Gordon
POLTERGEIST, 1982, directed by Tobe Hooper

10th Anniversary Special Presentation:
THE BLIND SIDE, 2009, directed by John Lee Hooker

Late Night Date Night:
THE LODGE, USA, directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Shorts:
A SOLDIER’S WAY, Texas premiere, directed by Adam Dietrich and Elliott Gilbert
MACK WRESTLES, Best of DIFF shorts, directed by Taylor Hess and Erin Sanger
RAPAZ, Best of DIFF shorts, Chile, directed by Felipe Galvez
RENEEPOPTOSIS, Best of DIFF shorts, directed by Renee Zhan
SECOND SKIN, World premiere, directed by Farah White
THE QUEEN’S NEW CLOTHES, Best of DIFF shorts, directed by Ashley Bush

Reserved tickets to each screening are now available to the public through Atom Tickets, and check the festival website https://ntxff.com/ for more information and for further updates on additional films. This is an opportunity for Far North Dallas and the suburbs to show they are as passionate for film as the folks in the “cool” parts of town.

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