By bigger, he means: In the closing days of the fest, screenings will spread from north to south—taking place not only at the Magnolia and Angelika Film Center in the West Village, but also the Angelika's Plano outpost and, for the first time, at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and the recently reopened Highland Park Village theater. The fest has also moved its host hotel yet again—this time to The Joule downtown following a one-year stint at the Palomar after three years at the W in Victory Park. Makes sense: Hotel owner and downtown developer Tim Headington is a film producer (The Young Victoria, The Tourist) who has co-sponsored Dallas Film Society events at the hotel in recent months.

Faust says that the Dallas Film Society's membership is small but growing—around 400 members at present. And last year's inaugural Art of Film fund-raiser at Hall of State, featuring a Q&A and glam dinner with Robert Duvall, was such a success it's returning again in December, with an as-yet-unannounced special guest. But dough's tight, no doubt: Ever since the Deep Ellum Film Festival begat the AFI, Cain—now the chairman of the Dallas Film Society's board—talked about opening a film center here, much like the ones in Denver and Seattle (the latter opens in May, at which point it'll become the home of the Seattle International Film Festival).

"AFI was great, but we always wanted to create something here," Faust says. "That's why the Film Society offers year-round programming. When we were affiliated with the AFI, we couldn't have membership, and now we have 400 members and growing. This is something people want to invest in and be part of. If people go away and want to hone their craft elsewhere, we want them to know they can bring it back because you can be supported here.

"I want to make the Third Coast happen again," he continues, referring to that brief period in the late 1980s and early '90s when Texas was home to a burgeoning film and TV production biz that slowly fizzled with the lack of state-offered incentives. "Dallas is all about consumption. We have some of the best food here. Some of the best art is being made and consumed here too. And I would love to start a capital campaign to house ourselves in the Arts District. Yeah. That's always the ultimate goal. It's about getting the right people and the right money. But that's why I'm a programmer—a curator, not a fundraiser. And I have every bit of faith that the right people on our board will get us there in four, five years."

For a schedule of movies and show times, visit dallasfilm.org. Visit our blog Unfair Park (blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark) for movie previews.

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Jack Palance
Jack Palance

I love how all the local 'E-list' actors show up on the red carpet with their films that never really do much..but hey, they might get to see someone who is famous!....which they brought in from somewhere else.

 

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