Lights! Camera! Croquet!

Since its inception three years back, the Oak Cliff Film Festival has proven there's plenty of room at the cinematic table for another Dallas fest offering. Hubbed at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) the fellas of Aviation Cinema designed OCFF with the goal of keeping it hyper­local – reminding its goers of the area's existing treasures and tastes through parties, lectures, screenings and workshops set at historic landmarks. Leveraging their limited space advantageously allows for something else that Dallas rarely get to enjoy: a weekend of film decadence hemmed in by a walkable/bikeable plot of geography. From Thursday to Sunday, you can join the cozy, neighborhood action and watch the documentaries, experimental films and narrative features that may be too weird or lack the distribution required to land roster spots at local theaters. Most – like Gondry's newest, Mood Indigo ­­ can be seen with a $10 ticket, or you can go all­in and get a badge for $175. The latter secures your access to more events, like the croquet happy hour at Turner House and entry to the always cleverly­designed VIP lounge. (Get in there: Bulleit bourbon is a sponsor.) But if your resources are scarce, no worries – there's free stuff too, like Saturday's Jefferson Tower rooftop screening of Wild Canaries (RSVP via PreKindle on the OCFF site), panel discussions and the Polaroid Oak Cliff bike ride. Visit oakclifffilmfestival.com.
Thu., June 19, 7 p.m.; Fri., June 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 21, 11 a.m.; Sun., June 22, 11 a.m., 2014

 
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