Friday, March 30, 2012

Damon's Most Anticipated DIFF Films

Good day my victims of milkshake theft! I am Damon and will be covering a few films from the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) in a couple weeks. Javi and Jonesy asked if I would like to contribute and I jumped at the chance. Not only will I get to see some great films but I’ll get to do so with some good friends. It was hard to pare down my list of most anticipated films from DIFF but I did so and I think I have some good picks. Still I bet you could be safe with any of the Midnight Specials (my favorite category by far) or just by walking into a random theater during the fest. Without further ado, here they are in alphabetical order. 

USA, 2012, 80 min, Color
Angelika 7 - 4/14 - 11:45pm
Angelika 5 - 4/15 - 7:00pm

I’ve always loved the coming-of-age comedy, so this quickly shot high up on my list. Not only is this a comedy involving hell raising teen boys but they do so in the vein of Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. Not only that, but it seems this all takes place in one night. Coming-of-age comedy mixed with the in-one-night subgenre is a great combination. This was in the first batch of films announced for DIFF and I immediately knew I had to be there. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun one in the Midnight Specials category and I can’t wait to watch!
USA, 2012, 79 min, Color
Magnolia 5 - 4/13 - 4:30pm
Magnolia 4 - 4/14 - 2:15pm

This makes my list for a couple of reasons. One is because it’s one of the local shot-in-Texas films on the schedule. It doesn’t hurt that this looks pretty funny and interesting from the trailer. But the real reason I’m stoked to see it is because of my love (read: obsession) with movie theaters. I love going to them and always have, even when I worked there. This will probably resonate well with anyone who shares that love of the big screen on a level a little different than the main story of a man trying to find his way. No matter what gets you in there this will be an interesting one to watch and local cinematographer Clay Liford’s photography will be a nurturing mainstay for DIFF.

UK, 2012, 95 min
Angelika 7 - 4/15 - 8:00pm
Angelika 8 - 4/16 - 4:30pm

Love documentaries and this is the number one on the list of those scheduled at the fest this year. About a San Antonio boy who was kidnapped and then found over three years later in Spain. Included is the tale of his abduction, torture, and life in those missing years. This might be a hard one to watch but that’s what’s getting my butt in the theater. 

Spain, 2011, 96min
Magnolia 4 - 4/14 - 11:59pm
Magnolia 4 - 4/15 - 10:00pm

Zombies are one of my most favorite things in the world, so that’s all I really need to pique my interest. Then I’ve heard great buzz from other festival screenings (I believe Javi is even one of those) and realize it’s tongue-in-cheek comedy as well. Don’t think anything else really needs to be said. Sold.

USA, 2012, 91min, Color
Angelika 7 - 4/13 - 11:59pm
Angelika 6 - 4/14 - 10:00pm

This makes me super happy. Last year at DIFF there was a short that I really enjoyed by director Nicholas McCarthy but I felt it was just a bit too short. I wanted more! He was in attendance and told me that he was using this, in part, to help raise funds for a more in depth feature length version of his supernatural tale. Guess it worked because here we are a year later and the full film is making an appearance. I can’t wait to see what McCarthy has done to expand the story and how it works to go further than its creepy predecessor. 

I also cannot wait to see the different shorts programs, something you really only get at film festivals. My two standbys are always the Late Night Shorts (duh!) and the Animated Shorts, though the regular narrative and documentary shorts programs look promising as well. Seek them out if you can!

The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival runs April 12-22. Click here for the full schedule of films and locations.

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