Summer has officially arrived, bringing along with it a drove of blockbuster films that are usually less than memorable. If you're looking to while away the hours in a dark, chilly theater without watching a mind-numbing movie, look no further than the Oak Cliff Film Festival. In its third year, this fest blends classic film curation and regional premieres of new flicks for four days of events at the Texas Theatre and various locations in West Dallas, June 19 -21.
This year, the fest organizers want to teach audiences a thing or two about film. This year's focus will be "exploring the origin of film," starting with Eadweard Muybridge's experiments in photography that led to the invention of moving pictures.
"The theme for 2014 reflects a return to the most basic illusion of film. The image." OCFF's creative director, Jason Reimer, says, "Strung together images are the magic trick of film."
Events will take place at the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre, The Turner House, Jefferson Tower, Oil & Cotton, and The Wild Detectives. Highlights of the fest include the Texas unveiling of a new film produced by local production team Sailor Bear (Toby Halbrooks, James Johnston, and David Lowery), a 35mm screening of the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon, followed by the Dallas premiere of The Dog. There will also be a 35mm screening of Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads documentary, Stop Making Sense, as well a Thom Andersen's 1975 exploration of Eadweard Muybridge's work, Zoopraxographer.
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The festival has teamed up with other Oak Cliff organizations to screen films on rooftops, bike crawls across Oak Cliff, parties, and the organizers are perhaps most excited to to announce the "Muybridge Filmmaking Award," which gives a budding filmmaker a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera package for their next project.
"Dallas is a city that historically supports buildings -- not always artists," says co-founder Eric Steele. "We dream that this filmmaking award will grow each year, eventually aiding in launching the careers of young filmmakers with funds raised by the festival."
For more information, visit filmoakcliff.com.