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Dallas International Film Festival: Diverse Lineup


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The 16th Dallas International Film Festival runs from October 14 to October 20 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars and other locations in Dallas. Ahead of the event, Dallas Film has announced the list of films to be shown.

This year almost 80 short and feature-length films, including four world premieres, will be shown at the festival. Films on family and films involving people with disabilities, veterans, and sports-based content will be a focal point.

Some of the films that were listed include:

  • All Man: The International Male Story A documentary written by Dallas native, Rob Brinkley, which examines the impact of The International Male mail-order catalog on fashion, sexuality, and masculinity in America across 30 years. This character-driven work follows a group of people who changed the way men would look at each other and how the world would look at them.
  • Hargrove A documentary executive produced by Erykah Badu, a Dallas singer, and produced and directed by Eliane Henri, a Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker, which revolves around award-winning jazz trumpet legend Roy Hargrove on his last tour before his death. The film features interviews and live performances by Hargrove, as well as other musical icons like Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, and Sonny Rollins. It also showcases Hargrove’s impact on the next generation of musicians and his place in the history of jazz. His former school, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, will host the screening on October 16, which happens to be his birthday.
  • Imagining the Indian A documentary that chronicles the fight against the inappropriate use of Native American culture in the sports industry, including names and mascots. Beyond this, it also emphasizes the impact that stereotyping has had on Native American people. A former sports columnist for The Dallas Morning News is a part of this documentary.

DIFF artistic director James Faust referred to this year’s lineup as an “incredible array of powerful stories that touch on a little bit of everything, from war veterans and dementia to Native American activism, and three, count them, three movies with a trumpet in a starring role.”

The programming was done with local audiences in mind, he added, by ensuring “a spectrum that can appeal to the most discerning cinephile to the casual weekend viewer.”

The DIFF will also feature special events in partnership with the South Dallas Cultural Center, the School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and others.

Tickets available at dallasfilm.org         

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