USA Film Festival 2017 Preview

The 47th annual Dallas-based USA Film Festival will be held April 26 -30, 2017 at the Angelika Film Center, although please note a special extended Pre-Opening Night presentation of writer/director Del Shores’ A VERY SORDID WEDDING will be held at the historic Texas Theatre on April 21, 23, and 25th. Mr. Shores will be in attendance at all three screenings of his sequel to SORDID LIVES (2000).

As in past years, USAFF takes great pride in a deep lineup of VIP’s in attendance – writers, producers, directors and talent. Most every film on the schedule will have at least one guest who was involved in production, and some will have guest moderators and/or celebrity honorees. A sampling of some of those who will make an appearance includes: Diane Baker for a showing of her 1959 film THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) in support of her screenplay for IN SEARCH OF FELLINI, Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) for her writing/directing debut of A TREE. A ROCK. A CLOUD., writer/director Finn Taylor will introduce his latest feature UNLEASHED, and super-Producer Mickey Liddell will do the same for the powerful true story MEGAN LEAVEY. A particularly strong group of guests will be present for Saturday evening’s SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE: Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives, Sue Ellen Mischke from Seinfeld), Charles Haid (Hill Street Blues), the previously mentioned Ms. Allen, and Rene Auberjonois who will be honored with a retrospective tribute to the man and his outstanding career.

Some other films of note on this year’s schedule include VOICE FROM THE STONE (with Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones); HOLDING PATTERNS (starring Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel); THE DATING PROJECT, a documentary on today’s hook-up culture; ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING A TABLE, director Leslie Iwerks’ in-depth look at the life of New Orleans’ ‘Queen of Cuisine’; APOCALYPSE ROAD, the filmed-in-Texas feature debut of filmmaker Brett Brentman; THE FATHER AND THE BEAR, John Putch’s portrait of aging with dignity; a 15th anniversary free screening of WHALE RIDER; and numerous blocks of short films in categories such as Showcase, Animated, Experimental, Student, Texas, and Narrative.

Due to the overlap of screenings, there are some decisions on what to watch each evening, but you are likely to enjoy whatever you choose. The full festival schedule and information on purchasing tickets and joining the organization can be found at

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