AFI Fest Releases Lineup of Films and Guest List. Oh, Look: The Guy From Office Space
We just received the complete schedule for the inaugural AFI Dallas International film festival, which opens with a screening of Music Within at the Majestic Theater on March 22 and closes on March 31 with Sundancer Away From Her at the Inwood Theater. We'll get to some of the highlights later in the afternoon in a separate posting, but here are some of the guests AFI says are confirmed:
Lauren Bacall, David Lynch (whose Inland Empire never played Dallas, till now), Laura Dern, composer Marvin Hamlisch, director Sydney Pollack, Morgan Freeman, Office Space's Ron Livingston, The Queen's Michael Sheen, Bill Paxton, actress-director Joey Lauren Adams and Shut Up & Sing filmmakers Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck.
In total, it looks like there will be 191 feature films and shorts with 201 screenings. The complete lineup is after the jump, with more to come this afternoon. --Robert Wilonsky
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFI DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY TARGET, FOUNDING SPONSOR VICTORY PARK ANNOUNCES OPENING & CLOSING FILMS
FESTIVAL ALSO ANNOUNCES AFI DALLAS STAR RECIPIENTS AND FULL FESTIVAL LINEUP
DALLAS, TX, February 27, 2007 — AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Presented by Target, Founding Sponsor Victory Park announces Steven Sawalich's MUSIC WITHIN as the festival's Opening Night Gala presentation and Sarah Polley's AWAY FROM HER as its Closing Night Gala presentation.
The festival will feature 191 feature films and shorts and 201 screenings as part of its highly anticipated debut with Target awarding prizes of $25,000 to the Target Filmmaker Award winners of the Narrative and International Documentary Competitions. The number of films far surpasses the festival's original goal of 150 films.
The eleven-day festival will feature Signature and Centerpiece Screenings with red carpet entrances at theaters throughout the city, award presentations, filmmaker panels and other special events. The festival will highlight and celebrate the best in local and international filmmaking, culminating in an awards ceremony held at Dallas' Ghost Bar on Sunday, April 1st. In addition to the Target Filmmaker Awards, filmmakers will vie for a $10,000 prize from 2929 Entertainment for the Best HD Feature, as well as awards in the Texas, Animation, Student Film and Shorts categories, and audience awards for Narrative Feature, Documentary and Shorts.
The newly inaugurated AFI Dallas Star will be presented to Lauren Bacall, Jack Valenti, David Lynch, Laura Dern, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Sarah Polley, and to Veronique Peck for Gregory Peck, posthumously on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and the 40th Anniversary of AFI where he served as its first chairman of the board. Other confirmed attendees include Sydney Pollack, Morgan Freeman, Todd Wagner, Ron Livingston, Hector Elizondo, Michael Sheen, Bill Paxton, Michael Beach, Joey Lauren Adams, Craig and Randy Zisk, Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck and Doug Mankoff (Executive Producer of AWAY FROM HERE), among others.
MUSIC WITHIN will screen as the AFI DALLAS Opening Night Gala presentation on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Directed by Steven Sawalich and starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Michael Sheen, Hector Elizondo, Rebecca DeMornay, and Yul Vasquez, the film tells the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on behalf of Americans with disabilities. The evening's festivities will also include the first presentations of the festival's Dallas Star Awards (the award is designed from Steuben Crystal, courtesy of Neiman Marcus) with festival guest Sydney Pollack presenting to Lauren Bacall and Marilyn & Alan Bergman.
AWAY FROM HER will screen as the AFI DALLAS Closing Night Gala presentation on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the Landmark Inwood Theatre in Dallas. Independent film veteran Sarah Polley makes her directing debut with an acclaimed character study of a man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease who faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man. The film stars Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, and Gordon Pinsent.
The Victory Park area will serve as the epicenter for the festival with screenings and special events emanating outwards in a hub and spoke style at Dallas venues such as the Landmark Magnolia Theatre, Angelika Film Center, AMC NorthPark 15, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center and neighboring schools such as Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and University of North Texas, as well as the previously mentioned Majestic Theatre and Landmark Inwood Theatre. Victory Plaza will also host screenings of films from AFI's 100 Greatest Films list on one of its HD projection screens nearly 24 hours a day throughout the festival.
AFI DALLAS reflects the efforts of an impressive combination of board members and sponsors, who have made the festival a reality. Festival Founder Liener Temerlin, who also serves as the festival's Director and Chairman as well as being an AFI Trustee Emeritus who initiated the original concept for AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies series, stresses that there was a clear desire to set AFI DALLAS apart from other festivals. "From the outset, we decided we wanted the AFI Dallas International Film Festival to be a festival that puts films and filmmakers on a pedestal - not unlike the art world does with great art or a symphony does with great music. Throughout the festival we're sure we'll encounter some glitches. However, we aspire to become a significant and very special festival by helping to make Dallas a city of film festivals, by supporting those festivals who came before and by recognizing the heritage of film, film education through panels, guest speakers and by celebrating the art of films past and present via gala evenings, parties and receptions throughout the festival where filmmakers and fans alike have the chance to meet and explore their love of film together. In addition, we will present outreach programs, special student screenings and collaborations with local non-profit organizations to fully engage the community in the city we all love."
Artistic Director Michael Cain—who originated and ran the Deep Ellum Film Festival for the past seven years prior to teaming with Temerlin for AFI DALLAS —agrees and adds "This festival is about great films and filmmakers and in that spirit we have worked diligently to form a strong and mutually supportive bond with Dallas' other film festivals to help honor these new visions. It has been extremely important to us that all of these groups benefit from having us here just as much as we benefit from having their invaluable support."
AFI Director and CEO Jean Firstenberg adds, "We are excited to bring AFI's national mandate to Dallas thanks to the extraordinary leadership of AFI Trustee emeritus, Liener Temerlin and the capable hands of AFI alum, Michael Cain, who will be a strong Artistic Director/CEO of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival."
President of the AFI Dallas Board, Ruth Altshuler, one of the first people Temerlin reached to on the festival's behalf, expressed her happiness and anticipation over the festival. "This is something Dallas citizens will not want to miss. Those who see the films and take part in the events will be thrilled they did."
Presenting Sponsor, Target is equally enthusiastic over the festival's debut. "Target is proud to present the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival to help make independent film and the art of filmmaking accessible to a wider audience;" said John Remington, vice president, marketing, Target. "Through our support of film festivals across the country, Target believes this inspires learning and strengthens our communities." Speaking for Presenting Sponsor Victory Park, Ross Perot, Jr., chairman of Hillwood Development Corporation adds, "This is an exciting time for Victory Park and the city of Dallas. The inaugural AFI DALLAS and the unveiling of the Victory Media Network bring a new level of energy to the city. With the tremendous support we've already seen from the community, AFI DALLAS has the potential to be one of the premier film festivals in the world."
The AFI DALLAS film categories are as follows: Narrative Feature Competition; International Documentary Competition; Documentary Special Presentation, featuring the most cutting-edge, informative documentary work, not up for competition;
Deep Ellum Sounds, which honors the rich music culture of Dallas' historic Deep Ellum neighborhood by showcasing music documentaries;
Special Presentations features films that fall outside of the festival's programming categories yet deserve screenings on their own special merit;
Dallas Premiere Series features the best new films on the horizon that are making their debut on Dallas screens, including top studio films and top industry talent;
Texas Competition, which encourages and promotes Texas filmmaking by showing both short and feature films produced and shot in Texas;
World Cinema features diverse cinematic voices from around the world—including Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia—giving local audiences the unique opportunity to engage with these innovative films and filmmakers;
American Visions features films that demonstrate the landscape of creative film exploration and examination from and about our country;
Mavericks sets out to discover filmmaking that challenges our notions of mainstream cinema, featuring the latest from noted auteurs and unique cinematic voices;
Family Friendly features dynamic and adventurous films that are uniquely suited for the family viewing experience;
Animation Competition features films that explore the many potential avenues and media utilized in film animation today;
Midnight Specials features on-the-edge films that relish both the genre and outre filmmaking worlds;
Tribute Screenings exemplify the distinguished work of AFI DALLAS' Special Guests and Dallas Star Award honorees;
Student Competition showcases the best from up-and-coming filmmakers across the world, including both short and feature length films created by high school and college students;
SMU Presents, featuring the best work from student filmmakers from the university; and
Shorts Competition presents the most innovative films from around the world that push the edge of traditional storytelling in 30 minutes or less.
AFI DALLAS will feature a total of 24 Signature and Centerpiece Screenings. The Signature Screenings will feature highly anticipated premieres and competition films taking place at the Angelika Film Center and the Landmark Magnolia Theaters with Centerpiece Screenings marking the festival's largest screenings and taking place at the AMC NorthPark 15. Each screening will be part of a red carpet event. These screenings are as follows:
Friday, March 23rd Signature Series at the Angelika Film Center (with red carpet entrances at Victory Park as part of Victory Media Network Event, during which the largest LCD Hi-Def screen in the country will be unveiled) The films featured are:
THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS Directed by: Amy Talkington The patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family is forced to hit the town with his daughter's punk rock boyfriend. Starring: Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Selma Blair, Janine Turner, Frances Fisher, Laura Jordan
THE GO GETTER Directed/Written by: Martin Hynes After a teenager steals a car and sets out on a road trip to find his brother, he receives a call from the car's owner and begins a life-altering connection with her during the ride. Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Judy Greer, Maura Tierney
EL CORTEZ Directed by: Stephen Purvis A man gets caught in a labyrinth of deceit and betrayal after he attempts to help a wheelchair-bound miner recruit an investor to re-open a gold mine. Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Bruce Weitz, Glen Plummer, James McDaniel, Peter Onorati, Tracy Middendorf
Saturday, March 24th INLAND EMPIRE — Centerpiece Screening at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre (including a special presentation of the Dallas Star Award to both David Lynch and Laura Dern) Directed by: David Lynch An actress becomes deeply entrenched in a role when she learns that the script is a remake of a movie that was never finished because the two original leads were murdered. Starring: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Julia Ormond, Diane Ladd, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Nastassja Kinski, Laura Harring
Sunday, March 25th Signature Series at the Angelika Film Center, Featuring:
DARIUS GOES WEST: THE ROLL OF HIS LIFE Directed by: Logan Smalley The documentary features eleven college students rent an RV to take a friend with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, on a cross-country road trip. Their goal is to convince MTV's 'Pimp My Ride' to customize his wheelchair. Along the way, they find joy, brotherhood and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.
EL MECHANICO LOCO Directed by: Chad Jackson A documentary about a tattooed punk rocker who breaks his back in a motocross accident and learns he will never walk again. However, there's nothing he'd rather do than prove the world wrong.
Monday, March 26th Signature Series at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre, Featuring: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Directed by: Darryl Roberts A documentary that looks at the impact of beauty culture and how capitalism benefits and humanity suffers.
RAPE OF EUROPA Directed by: Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham Tells the story of the systematic theft and deliberate destruction of Europe's art treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War.
LIFE SUPPORT Directed by: Nelson George Produced by: Jamie Foxx True-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community. Starring: Queen Latifah, Evan Ross
Tuesday, March 27th BELLA — Centerpiece Screening at the AMC NorthPark 15 Directed by: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde An international soccer star and a waitress struggling to make it in New York City, find their lives turned upside down...until an impetuous action brings them together and turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. Starring: Eduardo Ver�stegui, Tammy Blanchard, Ali Landry, Manny Perez, Jaime Tirelli, Ramon Rodriguez
Wednesday, March 28th Signature Series at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre, Featuring:
PARK Directed by: Kurt Voelker Eleven disaffected people find love and loss over the course of one day in a public park in Los Angeles. Starring: William Baldwin, Cheri Oteri, Ricki Lake, Anthony "Treach" Criss, Izabella Miko, Melanie Lynskey, Dagney Kerr
FIDO Directed by: Andrew Currie A boy's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and the boy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K'Sun Ray, Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson
DIVINE SOULS Directed by: James McDonald A touching story of hope through adversity and humanity at its best, told through the eyes of a clinic nurse and the patients she comes to love.
BLACK IRISH Directed by: Brad Gann A teenage boy longs to win the attention of his emotionally distant father. Starring: Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry, Melissa Leo, Emily VanCamp, Michael Rispol
AUGUST THE FIRST Directed by: Lanre Olabisi An American family must confront it's Nigerian past.
Thursday, March 29th Signature Series at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre, Featuring:
CANVAS Directed by: Joseph Greco A twelve-year-old boy and his father cope with the increasingly erratic behavior of their mentally ill mother and wife. Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden
THE FAVOR Directed by: Eva Aridjis A New Jersey photographer rekindles a relationship with his old flame shortly before she dies in an accident. Her 16 year-old son has nowhere to go until the man takes him in and attempts to be a father to him. Starring: Frank Wood, Paige Turco, Ryan Donowho, Isidra Vega
JUST SEX AND NOTHING ELSE (CSAK SZEX...MAS SEMMI) Directed by: Kriztina Goda A female dramaturge, stung by a failed affair embarks on finding a man solely for the purpose of having a baby just as she encounters the roguish male lead in her new play. Starring: Judith Schell, Kata Dobo', Sandor Csanyi
AMERICAN FORK — DIR: Chris Bowman The story of a grocery store clerk with the mind of a dreamer, the soul of a poet, and the body of a really fat man. Starring: William Baldwin, Hubbel Palmer, Kathleen Quinlan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Bruce McGill, Vincent Caso, Nick Lashaway
EVE OF UNDERSTANDING Directed by: Alyson Shelton On a journey toward redemption from her past, Donna is sent on a road trip from Texas to Arizona to make peace, uncover secrets, and find some understanding in the life she's been dealt.
Friday, March 30th Signature Series at the Angelika Film Center, Featuring:
NETHERBEAST INCORPORATED — Signature Screening at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre Directed by: Dean Matthew Ronalds A quirky twist on the vampire tale, set in modern day corporate America. Starring: Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, Robert Wagner
SHARKWATER Directed by: Robert Stewart An intense investigation into the illegal shark fin industry, sharkfishing and shark populations worldwide, revealing sharks to be some of the most critically endangered creatures on the planet.
DARK MATTER Directed by: Chen Shi-Zheng A brilliant Chinese student finds his bumpy transition into American life becoming considerably worse as he pursues the study of dark matter — an unseen substance he believes shapes the world. Starring: Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn, Meryl Streep, Blair Brown, Bill Irwin
DIGGERS — DIR: Katherine Dieckmann A coming-of-age story about four working-class friends growing up in Long Island, New York, as clam diggers. Starring: Paul Rudd, Lauren Ambrose, Sarah Paulson, Maura Tierney, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton, Ken Marino
The AFI DALLAS full festival lineup will showcase 99 features and 92 shorts for a total of 191 films from 23 countries.
AFI DALLAS films (by category) are as follows:
AUGUST THE FIRST — DIR: Lanre Olabisi
BELLA — DIR: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Starring: Eduardo Ver�stegui, Tammy Blanchard, Ali Landry, Manny Perez, Jaime Tirelli, Ramon Rodriguez
BLACK IRISH — DIR: Brad Gann Starring: Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry, Melissa Leo, Emily VanCamp, Michael Rispoli THE BOY WITHOUT QUALITIES (Der Junge ohne Eigenschaften) — DIR: Thomas Stiller
CANVAS — DIR: Joseph Greco Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden
THE FAVOR — DIR: Eva Aridjis Starring: Frank Wood, Paige Turco, Ryan Donowho, Isidra Vega
THE GO-GETTER — DIR: Martin Hynes Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Judy Greer, Maura Tierney
THE GOOD LIFE — DIR: Steve Berra Starring: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Paxton, Harry Dean Stanton, Chris Klein, Patrick Fugit, Drea de Matteo, Bruce McGill, Donal Logue, Deborah Rush MAN IN THE CHAIR — DIR: Michael Schroeder Starring: Christopher Plummer, Robert Wagner, Michael Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh SHUT UP AND SHOOT ME — DIR: Steen Agro Starring: Andy Nyman SWEDISH AUTO — DIR: Derek Sieg Starring: Lukas Haas, January Jones
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL — DIR: Darryl Roberts BORDERLANDS — DIR: Robert Kelly
DARIUS GOES WEST: THE ROLL OF HIS LIFE — DIR: Logan Smalley KAMP KATRINA — DIR: Ashley Sabin, David Redmon KNOCKING - DIR: Joel P. Engardio and Tom Shepard
NEW YEAR BABY — DIR: Socheata Poeuv
OPERATION HOMECOMING — DIR: Richard Robbins RAPE OF EUROPA — DIR: Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham
SHARKWATER — DIR: Robert Stewart
WHERE THE SUN RISES — DIR: Grace Phan
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL PRESENTATION
AN AMERICAN IN SOPHIATOWN — DIR: Earl Lloyd Ross A FAIR TO REMEMBER — DIR: Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell
COME BACK, AFRICA: 50TH ANNIVERSARY — DIR: Lionel Rogosin HELVETICA — DIR: Gary Hustwit
NEXT: A PRIMER ON URBAN PAINTING — DIR: Pablo Aravena
A PLACE TO DANCE — DIR: Alan Berg WAR DANCE — DIR: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine
DEEP ELLUM SOUNDS
KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON - DIR: AJ Schnack Featuring: Nirvana
PUNK'S NOT DEAD — DIR: Susan Dynner Featuring: Green Day, The Adicts, UK Subs
SCREAMERS — DIR: Carla Garapedian Featuring: System of a Down STRONG ENOUGH TO BREAK — DIR: Ashley Greyson Featuring: Hanson
BAD BOYS 2 — DIR: Michael Bay Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union
HOT FUZZ — DIR: Edgar Wright Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton (Both will screen as part of the "Hot Fuzztival" celebrating the latter film's release)
DIVINE SOULS — DIR: James McDonald
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint
DALLAS PREMIERE SERIES
10 ITEMS OR LESS — DIR: Brad Silberling Starring: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill, Alexandra Berardi
AWAY FROM HER — DIR: Sarah Polley Starring: Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Gordon Pinsent
DIGGERS — DIR: Katherine Dieckmann
FAY GRIM — DIR: Hal Hartley Starring: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak
FIDO — DIR: Andrew Currie
KING OF KONG — DIR: Seth Gordon
LIFE SUPPORT — DIR: Nelson George
MUSIC WITHIN — DIR: Steven Sawalich Starring: Ron Livingston, Melissa George, Michael Sheen, Hector Elizondo, Rebecca DeMornay, Yul Vasquez THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS — DIR: Amy Talkington Starring: Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Selma Blair, Janine Turner, Frances Fisher, Laura Jordan
PAPRIKA — DIR: Satoshi Kon
ROCKET SCIENCE — DIR: Jeffrey Blitz Starring: Reece Daniel Thompson, Anna, Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Vincent Piazza
SEVERANCE — DIR: Christopher Smith Starring: Toby Stephens, Claudie Blakley, Andy Nyman, Tim McInnerny
THE TEN — DIR: David Wain Starring: Jessica Alba, Adam Brody, Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt, Winona Ryder, Liev Schreiber
TRADE — DIR: Marco Kreuzpaintner Starring: Kevin Kline, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Paulina Gaitan, Kathleen Gati WHO LOVES THE SUN — DIR: Matt Bisonnette Starring: Lukas Haas, Molly Parker, Adam Scott
ANATOMY OF A CANVAS — DIR: Michael Ciancio
BORLAND — DIR: Quam Odunsi EVE OF UNDERSTANDING — DIR: Alyson Shelton A LAWYER WALKS INTO A BAR — DIR: Eric Chaikin LIVING & DYING — DIR: Jon Keeyes
THE LYCANTHROPE — DIR: Tony Quinn MIDLOTHIA — DIR: Bill Sebastian
THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF AN AMERICAN MESSIAH - DIR: Christopher J. Hansen THIRD WARD TX — DIR: Andrew Garrison
BUDDHA'S LOST CHILDREN — Netherlands, France DIR: Mark Verkerk
EAGLE VS. SHARK — New Zealand DIR: Taika Cohen
EXILED (FONG JUK) — China DIR: Johnny To
DRAMA/MEX — Mexico DIR: Gerardo Naranjo
GILLES (BUITENSPEL) — Belgium DIR: Jan Verheyen
JUST SEX AND NOTHING ELSE (CSAK SZEX...MAS SEMMI) — Hungary DIR: Kriztina Goda
LA VIE EN ROSE (LA MOME) — France DIR: Olivier Dahan
LINDA LINDA LINDA — Japan DIR: Nobuhiro Yamashita
MILK AND OPIUM (Doodh Aur Apheem) — India DIR: Joel Palombo THE ORANGE THIEF — Italy DIR: Boogie Dean, Arthur Wilinski, Vinnie Angel
RED ROAD — UK DIR: Andrea Arnold
THE ROCKET — Canada DIR: Charles Biname' Starring: Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie RUNNING ON EMPTY (Der Lebensversicherer) — Germany DIR: B�lent Akinci
THE VALET (La Doublure) — Italy DIR: Francis Veber
AMERICAN FORK — DIR: Chris Bowman Starring: William Baldwin, Kathleen Quinlan, Mary Lynn Rajsklub, Bruce McGill BERKELEY — DIR: Bobby Roth Starring: Henry Winkler CAKE: A WEDDING COMEDY — DIR: Will Wallace
DARK MATTER — DIR: Chen Shi-Zheng Starring: Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn, Meryl Streep, Blair Brown, Bill Irwin
IRA & ABBY — DIR: Robert Cary Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris Messina, Fred Willard, Judith Light, Robert Klein, Chris Parnell, Darrell Hammond, Jason Alexander
NETHERBEAST, INCORPORATED — DIR: Dean Matthew Ronalds Starring: Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, Robert Wagner
EL CORTEZ — DIR: Stephen Purvis Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Glenn Plummer, James McDaniel
EL MECHANICO LOCO — DIR: Chad Jackson
PARK — DIR: Kurt Voelker Starring: William Baldwin, Cheri Oteri, Ricki Lake, Anthony "Treach" Criss, Izabella Miko, Melanie Lynskey, Dagney Kerr
SK8 LIFE — DIR: S. Wyeth Clarkson
YEAR OF THE FISH — DIR: David Kaplan
ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT (Zidane: Un Portrait du XXIeme Siecle) — DIR: Philippe Parreno, Douglas Gordon Starring: Zidane
THE BRACELET OF BORDEAUX — DIR: Casey Kelly
BIG DREAMS LITTLE TOKYO — DIR: Dave Boyle
LITTLE HEROES (Giborim Ktanim) — DIR: Itai Lev MUSHISHI — DIR: Hiroshi Nagahama VERITAS, PRINCE OF TRUTH — DIR: Arturo Ruiz-Esparza Starring: Kate Walsh, Sean Patrick Flanery, Amy Jo Johnson
COWBOYS AND INDIANS — DIR: Justin Harder
DREAMS AND DESIRES — FAMILY TIES — DIR: Joanna Quinn
FISSION — DIR: Kun-I Chang
KIWI! — DIR: Dony Permedi
MIRAGE — DIR: Youngwoong Jang
ONE RAT SHORT — DIR: Alex Weil
THE PIT & THE PENDULUM — DIR: Marc Lougee
PRINTED RAINBOW — DIR: Gitanjali Rao THE SILENT CITY — DIR: Ruairi Robinson
BEINGS — DIR: Fred Wolcott
EL MASCARADO MASSACRE (WRESTLEMANIAC) — DIR: Jesse Baget
HORROR SHORTS BLOCK
SNUFFED — DIR: Brian James O'Connell
DAVID LYNCH: INLAND EMPIRE Directed by: David Lynch Starring: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Julia Ormond, Diane Ladd, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Nastassja Kinski, Laura Harring
HAROLD LLOYD FILM PRESENTATION: BILLY BLAZES, ESQ. (1919) & SAFETY LAST! (1923)
SYDNEY POLLACK: THE WAY WE WERE (1973) Directed by: Sydney Pollack Starring: Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand
A CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY PECK (1999) Directed by: Barbara Kopple TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) Directed by: Robert Mulligan Starring: Gregory Peck (Both screenings are part of celebration of 45th anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and 40th anniversary of AFI.)
STUDENT COMPETITION ARCHER HOUSE — DIR: Dina Gachman
BLACKOUT — DIR: June Lee
CLEAR CUT, SIMPLE — DIR: Vineet Dewan
COMING TO TOWN — DIR: Carles Torrens
THE FABULOUS FELIX MCCABE — DIR: Landon Zakheim
HATTENHORST — DIR: Ove Sander
HONEST ABE — DIR: Kenneth Morris
KEEPER OF THE MYTH — DIR: Kevin Callies
LAST DAY OF DECEMBER — DIR: Bogdan Apetri THE LITTLE GORILLA — DIR: Harry Kellerman
MARRYING GOD — DIR: Duke Johnson RECENTLY DECEASED — DIR: Chris McInroy
REDEMPTION MADDIE — DIR: Aaron King
SPEED DATING — DIR: Isaac Feder SURFACE OF THINGS — DIR: Keith Davis
THOMAS IN BLOOM - DIR: Jeff Prugh
9:28 — DIR: Leticia Gallegos
BIRD'S EYE VIEW — DIR: Ted Lauck
INVERTIGO — DIR: Ted Lauck
KARMA — DIR: Brent Turman THE LAST GOODBYE — DIR: Javier Espinosa
LIFE BOX — DIR: Jacob Jones
MATTERSVILLE — DIR: Bruce Field PARANOIA — DIR: Vienna Catalani
POISON — DIR: Heather Queyrouze
ROBOT NIGHTMARE — DIR: Sean Moubry WET FEET — DIR: Michael Gorsky
4 MINUTE MATISSE — DIR: Gregory Mansur *Winner of the Dallas 24 Hour Video Race* AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLAK LANE — DIR: David & Nathan Zellner A PRAYER FOR AREA 23 — DIR: John Alberts ASHES FALL — DIR: Eric Maran
THE ASPHALT VIRGIN (LA VIRGEN DEL ASFALTO) — DIR: Fernando Frias
AVATAR — DIR: Lluis Quilez
BITCH — DIR: Lilah Vandenburgh
THE BOX — DIR: David Maddox
BOY-NEXT-DOOR — DIR: Travis Davis Starring: Richard Moll
THE CHASE — DIR: Philip Abatecola
CHECKPOINT — DIR: Ben Phelps
CITY — DIR: Topaz Adizes
A DEATH IN THE WOODS — DIR: Scott Teems Starring: Robert Peters, Barry Corbin DIVISION III — DIR: Marshall Cook Starring: Andy Dick
DUCK MAN — DIR: Brian Hennigan
THE EXTRA — DIR: Michael Pacheco Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ryan Stiles
FAIR TRADE — DIR: Michael Dreher THE GRASS GROWS GREEN — DIR: Jesus Beltran
HAIRLADY — DIR: David Birdsell
HOLDOUT — DIR: Brent Joseph
A HOST OF TROUBLE — DIR: Stephen Tobolowsky
I WANT TO BE A PILOT — DIR: Diego Quemada-Diez
IF I SEE RANDY AGAIN DO YOU WANT ME TO HIT HIM WITH THE AXE? — DIR: Vivieno Caldinelli
KIDNEY THIEVES — DIR: Toby Wilkins Starring: Ethan Embry, Paget Brewster, Paul F. Tompkins
THE KOLABORATOR — DIR: Chris Bessounian THE LAST BANG — DIR: Emmanuel Shirinian
LAST NIGHT — DIR: Conor Morrissey
THE LISTENING DEAD — DIR: Phil Mucci
LITTLE FARM — DIR: Calvin Reeder
THE LONELY LIGHTS. THE COLOR OF LEMONS. — DIR: Ben M Piety
LOS TABAQUEROS — DIR: Russell Griffin
LUMP — DIR: Faye Jackson MAGNUS, INC. (World Premiere) — DIR: Peter Barners, Executive Producer: George Hickenlooper MASTER OF REALITY — DIR: Matthew Killip MOTHER — DIR: Sian Heder
MUERTAS — DIR: Ryan Piers Williams Starring: America Ferrera MY 9/11 — DIR: Tjebbo Penning
PLACEBO — DIR: Daniel Burks PLASTIC — DIR: Mark Davis POP FOUL — DIR: Moon Molson PRIORITAIRE — DIR: Leah Dieterich ROBOTS ARE BLUE — DIR: Bill Sebastian
SAFETY FIRST — DIR: Scott Calonico
SAINT ZEN — DIR: Jason McAfee SPITFIRE 944 — DIR: William Lorton SUPER POWERS — DIR: Jeremy Kipp Walker
TOMMY THE KID — DIR: Stuart Clegg
TOP OF THE CIRCLE — DIR: Shaz Bennett
TROLL CONCERTO — DIR: Alexandre Franchi
THE TUBE WITH A HAT — DIR: Radu Jude
VENOM — DIR: John Hayes WANTED — DIR: Arturo Salvador
WET FOOT/DRY FOOT — DIR: Carlos Gutierrez WHEN THEY COULD FLY — DIR: Piotr Kajstura
WINDOWBREAKER — DIR: Tze Chun
Tickets go on sale online beginning March 2, 2007 at www.afidallas.com or beginning March 16, 2007 at the AFI DALLAS Box Office at 1155 Broom Street, Dallas, TX 75202.
About AFI DALLAS International Film Festival
The AFI Dallas International Film Festival celebrates films and their impact on society, honors filmmakers and recognizes their achievements and contribution in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today's world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking.
About Target Corporation Target Corporation is the presenting sponsor of the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival. In addition to its sponsorship commitment, Target has made a commitment to fund two Target Filmmaker Awards with cash grants of $25,000 each. The first will be awarded to the winning filmmaker of "The Best Narrative" and the second grant will be given to the winner of "The Best Documentary" category.
Each week, Target gives back more than $2 million to strengthen families and communities across the country with a focus on education, the arts, social services and other vital community partnerships. A mainstay for Target's community commitment is the support of visual art, music, dance, film and design projects.
About Victory Park Located in the heart of Dallas, Victory Park is one of the country's most significant and innovative master-planned urban developments. Victory Park is creating a new urban environment with a carefully crafted collection of emerging and reputation retail, distinctive dining, modern office space, dramatic residential units, hotels and signature entertainment venues, including the American Airlines Center. Victory Park is owned by Hillwood, a Perot Company and Hicks Holdings, which is owned by Tom Hicks. For more information on Victory Park, visit www.victorypark.com.
Other confirmed sponsors include: Advantage Rent-A-Car, Airstar Space Lighting, American Airlines, AT&T, Aquafina, Bank of America, BizRadio, Blockbuster, Budweiser Select, CBS Outdoor, Central Market, Chili's, City of Dallas, Clear Channel Radio, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Container Store, D Magazine, Dallas Film Commission, Dallas Observer, DART, DCVB, DFW International Airport, DG Fast Channel, HDNet, Jones Day, Juniper Music, KERA, Lamar Transit, Lexus, Neiman Marcus, NetStreamLive, One Arts Plaza, People Newspapers, Post Asylum, Premiere Magazine, PricewaterhouseCoopers, REEL FX, The Richards Group, South Side on Lamar, Temerlin Consulting, t:m interactive, W Dallas Victory, WFAA, WRR, 360 Limo
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