Monday, January 26, 2015

Coming Attractions

Movies and martinis at the Oak Cliff Film Festival


Last week, you binge-watched the new season of Arrested Development. Twice.

Now you're jonesing for more marathon viewing opportunities, this time in an air-conditioned theater. Preferably with popcorn. And dirty martinis.

It's time for the second-ever Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Think of it as preparation for a blockbuster summer filled with men of steel, zombie wars and
another quirky Johnny Depp flick. Except the films shown here will be filled with less Hollywood glitz and more edgy grit.

It mostly takes place at the historic Texas Theatre, but there are also screenings and parties at the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts Theater (formerly the Bluebird Theater), and the Belmont Hotel.

Prepare yourself for documentaries about jailed music acts (
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), romantic comedies set in breweries (Drinking Buddies), a super-secret screening,a silent film with live accompaniment that pieces together the inspiration for a famous superhero (Silent Shadow of the Bat-Man), and a closing night found-footage satirical horror comedy about Bigfoot (Willow Creek) from Bobcat Goldthwait.

In between, you'll find a vault's worth of short films and avant-garde experimentation from the wildest imaginations of Texas filmmakers and twisted minds from around the world.

It's a great way to escape the heat. And embrace your inner film nerd.

Oak Cliff Film Festival
Thursday, June 6 thru Sunday, June 9

Price: Free to $40 here.
Nearby: Whitehall Exchange; El Ranchito; The Pour House Dallas

Photo courtesy Jason Reimer

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