Dallas is just now recuperating from the 10-day big-screen marathon that was the Dallas International Film Festival. I bested my last two years' records and successfully saw 19 of the 24 films I intended to see. Trust me, you see that many movies in about a week and you'll run the emotional gamut and eat way too many concessions, ending up exhausted and a little pudgier for the wear. In a totally awesome way. It was pretty damn boss, if you ask me. Now, would I be crazy enough to watch even more movies in a festival setting just 10 days after DIFF? Hell yeah! The USA Film Festival is bringing an impressive collection of celluloid to the Angelika at Mockingbird Station April 28 through May 2. Films include La Mission, the dramatic and moving Benjamin Bratt vehicle on homophobia and lowrider culture; Breaking the Press, wherein Texas high school basketball becomes a Biblical story starring Burton Gilliam, no less; 8: The Mormon Proposition, a strong doc examining Mormon campaigns against gay marriage; Carpet Racers: A Crash Course, a family-friendly dive into RC car subculture that took three years to complete; a pinball doc, a Jackie Chan flick, and a sorta-mythical romance starring Colin Farrell. But folks, the crowd pleaser is sure to be His Name is Bob, a documentary on East Dallas' beloved roving keyboard player and Jason's Deli enthusiast. And still, there's so much more to see. Tickets for all programs are $10. Find a complete screening schedule, film synopses and guest appearance (directors, actors and writers) info by calling 214-821-FILM or visiting usafilmfestival.com.
April 28-May 2, 2010