There’s an unrivaled decadence that accompanies film-festival immersion. Closed off from the world, cell phones shut down, we sit in meditative, dark calm for days at a time, allowed to exist in a tiny pocket of protected, curated experiences. For the next four days you’ll exchange your daily static for a laminate to the Oak Cliff Film Festival, and give in, fully, to cinematic conquering. The 2013 lineup is balls-deep in accolades: Opening night films include Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, which was just selected for North American distribution by Magnolia Films, and the new HBO doc, Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer, which focuses on the band’s Moscow-based protest of Vladimir Putin and its subsequent arrest. Other festival high notes include a screening of Willow Creek, Bobcat Goldthwait’s new look at Bigfoot. (Goldthwait will be in attendance, so make him autograph your copy of Hot to Trot.) Flying in from Los Angeles is filmmaker Andre Perkowski, who mines old public domain footage, chops it up, then stitches it back together to create new work. At the Oak Cliff Film Fest we’ll see what appears to be an unearthed black and white Batman film from the 1920s — in actuality, it’s a snipped and sewn composite of the source material cinema that our masked hero and his famous villains were based on. The project was commissioned by Two Star Symphony, a modern quartet of musicians/composers out of Houston who will play a live score accompaniment to the pseudo-silent film, Shadow of the Bat-Man. There’s more, so much more. Like the bike ride and scavenger hunt; a hard-whacking, wicket-sticking croquet tournament; a music video competition; afterparties; and a Sundance award-winning film called Computer Chess that was shot using 1980s video equipment. The OCFF occupies roughly a dozen historic locations, but is hubbed at Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) Thursday through Sunday. See our full guide to conquering the Oak Cliff Film Festival in the Culture section of this issue (page 31), as well as on our arts and culture blog, Mixmaster.
June 6-9, 2013