AFI Dallas

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    There's No AFI Anymore, But Film Fest Has New Honorary Chairs: Tom and Laura Leppert

    Danny HurleyMayor Tom, with Peter Bogdanovich and other film and local luminaries (and Rick Perry) at an AFI Dallas closing event last April​A few weeks ago we mentioned some fairly significant changes at The Film Festival Formerly Known as AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Today comes word ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    See Hope You Saw The Whiskey Folk Ramblers In The Other Side Of Paradise On Sunday...

    It might be on a smaller scale, but amidst all this to-do about The Burning Hotels' appearance in the Vanessa Hudgens-fueled talkie Bandslam, let's not forget: Another Fort Worth act got to the silver screen first. Last year's AFI Dallas event saw two screenings of the film The Other Side of Paradis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Asian Film Fest of Dallas Serves Up Pussy Soup; More Watchmen Director's Cut News.

    Neko Rahmen Taisho, an AFFD must-seeAlas, Pussy Soup is the rather unfortunate translation for the delightful-looking manga-to-movie Neko Rahmen Taisho, one of the films in this year's Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which kicks off July 17 at the Magnolia Theater. The fest is in its eighth year now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    AFI Dallas Is No More. But Debuting Next Spring, the Dallas International Film Festival.

    Patrick MichelsMichael Cain, kicking off the 2009 AFI Dallas International Film Festival on March 26 at the AMC NorthParkIn September 2006, some local cineastes were terrified to learn that Michael Cain was shuttering his mom-and-pop Deep Ellum Film Festival and spending a little less than $1 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Starck Reality: Michael Cain's Making Two Movies About the Late Dallas Danceteria

    Maybe you saw something in the paper last week about two Starck Club docs in the works -- the one we mentioned that sneak-peeked at the USA Film Fest, and another being cooked up by AFI Dallas International Film Fest artistic director Michael Cain with club founder Blake Woodall. Turns out, that's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2009

    Mayor Tom, Governor Hairspray Spent "Texas Day" Watching Film Clips in Victory Park

    Friend of the show Danny Hurley was out and about Friday night, snapping photos of the Texas Day celebration that started in Victory Park and ended up at the downtown Neimans. We'll post a slide show tomorrow, but till then, two favorites. Above, Governor Rick Perry (who's promised funding Texas fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    AFI Dallas Honors Henry Selick, Father of Jack Skellington and Monkeybone

    In more than three decades as an animator, Henry Selick has lived not only at the edge of the film industry, but as a stop-motion animator, even the fringes of animation world. From The Nightmare Before Christmas to Coraline, though, audiences have gladly followed him out to the edge.Tuesday night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Mars Blackmon's in Town. For AFI? Nope.

    A Friend of Unfair Park noticed this note at the end of's recap of last night's Mavs-Warriors recap:Movie director Spike Lee, a noted Knicks fan, sat courtside with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Lee is in town for a film festival.Can only think of one, but so far no confirmation from AFI Dallas fo ... More >>

  • Film

    March 26, 2009
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    March 23, 2009

    Like Quadrophenia, But Different

    As promised yesterday, here are Danny Hurley's photos snapped during his weekend ridealong with Rockers vs Mods. Which reminds me: I haven't seen this in way too long. Soon as I finish watching all these danged AFI Dallas movies ...

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Big Fan: AFI Dallas Announces Its Complete Line-Up, Minus the Closing-Night Movie(s?)

    Patton Oswalt is the Big Fan, scheduled to play the AFI Dallas International Film Fest this yearMoments ago, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival sent along its complete schedule for this year's fest, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as we've noted before, most screenings taking pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    A Freaky Dallas Flashback

    Randy Clower's short film Freaks of Dallas has made the local film-fest rounds -- AFI Dallas and Dallas Video Fest, in other words, even KERA-Channel 13 in '07. But director Randy Clower today posted his 10-minute animated film about the late local "hippie scene," so if you've never seen (or, um, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Robert Towne's Coming to Town to Get AFI Dallas Award. Also, More Films Added.

    AFI Dallas International Film Festival sends word this morning of further additions to its schedule as the fest prepares for its third year, which gets to commencing March 26. Also included in the release is the recipient of this year's AFI Dallas Star Award: the great Robert Towne, whose credits in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    AFI Dallas Announces Its First 15 Films

    The AFI Dallas International Film Festival just released its first list of films selected for this year's shindig, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as noted last month, most of the screenings taking place at the AMC NorthPark. Among the offerings are three world-premiere docs, a Zooey De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Last Night, Larry McMurtry Was All Booked Up at the Nasher

    Daniel Rodrigue Larry McMurtry, speaking last night at the Nasher Sculpture Center Last night, folks who attended the Nasher Salon Lecture Series featuring Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana spent roughly a dollar a minute to hear the two authors, screenwriters and essayists talk about reading, writin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2008

    Reeled In

    See some art at Reel FX

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    AFI Dallas: A Post-Fest Standing O

    Courtesy AFI Dallas From left, Barry Levinson, Art Linson, Robert De Niro and AFI Dallas CEO Michael Cain Two glowing AFI Dallas International Film Festival wrap-ups this morning, from outside sources -- hence, both pieces' referring to fest CEO Michael Cain as, ah, "Michael Caine." First up is ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Videos: Polyphonic Spree at House of Blues

    As AFI Dallas wrapped up, the Polyphonic Spree took to the House of Blues stage Saturday night as AFI Dallas finished up. Over on Unfair Park, Wilonsky said the PSpree "bewitched the audience of mostly outta-towners and/or Preston Hollowinners (Holloweeners?) where the Polyphonic Spree bewildered, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    We Were Born to Love You, Cindy Morgan. We Were Born To ... Well.

    Perhaps some of you are heading to the Inwood Theater shortly to catch a glimpse of Robert De Niro, who's in town for what's sure to be the most mumbling post-screening Q&A in the history of moving pictures. He's here, along with director Barry Levinson and producer-screenwriter Art Linson and produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    "Crazy Picture Guy" Nearly Arrested, Now Working For AFI

    Trust us. You've seen this guy taking shots around town before. In a break from his nightly photography expeditions to music clubs and smoky dive bars, Scotty “Crazy Picture Guy” Mankoff has been hitting the red carpet to cover the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Last night, Mankoff sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    AFI Dallas: Fancy, But Not Too

    AFI Dallas co-founder and artistic director Michael Cain Amidst all the small talk beneath the high ceilings of Neiman Marcus' flagship, where the AFI Dallas International Film Festival once more held its well-oiled and mightily lubricated kick-off jam, there was business to discuss first and foremo ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2008
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    March 26, 2008

    Public Enemy To Play Ghostbar

    The real Public Enemy's coming to town. In the words of Flavor Flav: "Wowwwwwww." According to an interesting press release we just got from the folks who run publicity for Ghostbar, Public Enemy will be at the club on Thursday Tuesday, April 1, to host an afterparty for the AFI Dallas screening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    You'd Best Hustle If You Want to Get Your Seats for AFI Dallas

    A scene from Battle in Seattle, AFI Dallas' closing-night film -- and the reason Charlize Theron and Andre Benjamin are coming to town next week It took all of one year, and several million dollars provided by the likes of Target, for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival to establish itself as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008
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    February 6, 2008

    Why, Yes, I Do Give a Damn About the Ransom Center Film Exhibit

    Insert your "you lookin' at me" joke, if that is how you roll. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has a remarkable collection of film-related memorabilia -- everything from David Selznick's archives to Robert De Niro's taxi-driver's license. And today comes word that during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    A Good Night to Meet George Romero

    Already folks are lining up for next month's special screening, with George Romero, of Night of the Living Dead. Texas Frightmare Weekend -- which bills itself as "the Southwest's premier horror convention," and who am I to argue -- takes place February 22-24 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Confer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    AFI Dallas Fest Sneaks a Peek with Hunter S. Thompson, Ellen Page and Helen Hunt

    Hunter S. Thompon's doc makes its Dallas debut at AFI in the spring. The Sundance Film Festival's not quite wrapped in Park City, Utah; the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin is still some six weeks from opening with the real-life blackjack thriller 21. But this morning we bring news from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    The Penn is Mightier

    At least I didn't run into Sean Penn in the bathroom ... So, which you like to hear about first -- what the AFI Dallas International Film Festival people are doing at the Toronto International Film Festival, or what I said to Sean Penn in the bathroom Saturday night after one of us had clearly had ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2007

    Popcorn Parade

    Dallas hosts another film fest

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2007

    Hey, What's the Hurry?

    Arlington native Jeffrey Brown produced the AFI narrative feature award-winner. So proud. So very proud. If yer still around and so interested, I'll be on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) 'round 6:30ish this evening to discuss the AFI Dallas fest with "The Hardline." Only two weeks after the fest started ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007
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    March 2, 2007

    Haven't Heard Much from the AFI Fest Yet? Oh, You Will.

    We are so looking forward to putting away a pack of smokes with David Lynch at the AFI. A Friend of Unfair Park was remarking only yesterday that he's seen little promotion for the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival, save for last September's initial announcement and this week's media ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2006

    Aussie Rules at AFI Dallas

    Reel busy: Tearlach Hutcheson, pictured here during construction of the Magnolia Theater in 2002, is now managing director of the AFI Dallas film fest. Some time this week, the newly established AFI Dallas International Film Festival will announce its new (by which I mean, its first) managing direc ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    That's a Wrap

    Meet the new 800-pound gorilla of Dallas film festivals

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006

    AFI Can't Believe It's Not Deep Ellum

    Deep Ellum Film Festival founder Michael Cain, with Jane Seymour, is merging his baby with the American Film Institute. It's a big deal--and a bad deal, say some folks who probably wish they'd thought of it first. For months now, it's been the worst-kept secret in the Dallas film community: The Deep ... More >>