Remember when Thin Line was just a film festival? Well, the minds behind the festival stylishly exploded like the comet in Michael Bay's Armageddon, adding bands galore, groovy art exhibits, panels and other creative events. Last year our erstwhile staffer Daniel Rodrigue taught a free crash course photography lecture. If you enjoyed the event (and you did), you’re in luck: He’ll be back this year to do it again. More on our involvement: Chase Whale (that's me) also moderated a Q&A for a film actor-turned-director Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) directed with the Midlake boys called Midlake: Live in Denton, TX.
This year the festival runs February 17 through the 21st and it will be bigger and badder than the last. Lots of films, photography, music, lectures, an Instagram walk, workshops and more are in store. Be sure to add this to your calendar: a dance workshop for all of you afraid to get on the floor and boogie. TWU’s Dance Department's Rosemary Candelario and Ilana Morgan will be your hosts for this particular event. Thin Line’s senior film programmer Susan Carol Davis tells me, “It will draw upon the themes of dance in public practice and arts activism in social issues.” So basically, you’ll be learning to own the dance floor for a good cause.
Let's get to the part of the festival that excites me the most: the film lineup.
Thin Line has given us the exclusive film lineup and there's something else in store for all of you attendees: Film programmer and occasional Observer contributor (we're everywhere, man) Stanton Brasher has locked in a secret screening and says, “It will be the biggest thing Thin Line has done so far, and there are only 300 available seats.” This means get your butt there early when the official calendar becomes available and be one of the 300 to witness something special. (I don’t know what the film is. I did try to bribe, extort, blackmail and threaten to kidnap his kids for the information and he wouldn’t budge. That means this film is a don't-miss.)
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Here it is, the full feature film lineup (subject to change):
How to Let Go of the World
The Jones Family Will Make a Way
The Man with Four Legs
Life on Bitcoin
Written on Water
Busking Turf Wars
Time Simply Passes
You See Me
War of Lies
Dare to Drum
Voyagers without a Trace
Skip Stones for Fudge
Marisol (directed by Eugene Martin, Chair of the Media Arts Department at UNT)
There are also four short film programs sprinkled throughout the festival, featuring a nice chunk of innovative films made in under a few minutes.
Thin Line Festival is pulling out all the stops to make sure there’s something for everyone. Now that is programming. Tickets to events aren’t available yet but the all-access festival pass is now on sale. If you want to dip into a bit of everything, this is the pass you want. Compared to other festivals, the price is a very reasonable $150. Get it here. Thin Line Festival opens on February 17 and runs through the 21st.