Film and TV

Punch Up at a Film Festival: AFI Dallas Announces Tyson, The Cove As Closers

Two weeks ago, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival finally announced its complete line-up -- save for the closing-night title. Pardon -- titles. Because, as hinted at, the fest has opted for two final films: James Toback's doc Tyson, which is indeed about the travails of the former heavyweight champ, and Louie Psihoyos's The Cove, a Sundance screener about Richard O'Barr, the former Flipper dolphin wrangler who became the marine mammals' greatest protector. Both will screen on April 2 at the AMC NorthPark with the directors in attendance for Q&As afterward.

The AFI also formally confirms Peter Bogdanovich's appearance -- not just for the Last Picture Show screening on April 2 at the Nasher Sculpture Garden, but for a Texas Day celebration in Victory Park the following day. During the shindig, the filmmaker will be given an AFI Dallas Star Award by Gov. Rick Perry, who just last week told the feds, "Now you can stay out of this pool hall, out of my cafe, and my picture show too -- I don't want no more of your business." After the jump, the AFI's last-minute additions to its schedule.

The following features have been added:

DIR: Cliff McClelland and Tom Zembrod (USA)
The mysterious re-appearance of a girl that survived a massacre at the hands of supernatural forces spells doom for a group of vacationing teens in a cabin.

DIR: Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Italy)
Documentary profiles the struggle two gay men undertook on behalf of same sex civil unions in Italy.

DIR: Tisha Blood (USA)
Documentary focus on a girl born with Apert Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes skeletal mutation and her subsequent journey through childhood.

DIR: Keith Cossrow and Bennett Viseltear (USA)
Documentary profiles the Audi Sport race team as they attempt to win a fifth straight "24 Hours of LeMans" against Team Peugeot.

The following short films were also added to the schedule:

DIR: Lou Frederick (USA)

DIR: Rachel Lyon (USA)

DIR: Henry Selick (USA)

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Robert Wilonsky
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