Dallas film lovers it’s that special time of year again. That time when the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) makes it rain! That’s right, a whole slew of films made with a whole lotta love and sweat will show for our viewing pleasure for 8 magical days.
What can we expect from the 2018 DIFF this year and were there any new twists and turns in the film selection process this year?
“We will have a little more than 100 films from around the world that are all amazing in their own special way,” said DIFF Artistic Director, James Faust. “The one major twist was not having our Senior Programmer of 12 years on board. We elevated our Programming Coordinator, Filmmaker Daniel Laabs, to Senior Programmer and he’s done a wonderful job with shorts and helping me with documentaries. Oh…me going back into programming documentaries…that’s a twist. It’s a tough category, but I feel like we have some amazing films that will inform, entertain and wreak havoc with an audience’s emotional well-being. Good stuff.”
A little emotional havoc brought about by great films? We ready! Here’s a list of the first 12 films that have been announced this year:
2018 DIFF Film Screenings
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor – A film focused on the legacy of Mister Rogers by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom)
- McQueen –The fashion motion picture, directed by Ian Bonhôte, offers a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer Alexander McQueen
- First Reformed – A film directed by Paul Schrader following Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary
- Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – Directed by Samuel D. Pollard, the film is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America
- 1985 – Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name by director Yen Tan, the film follow a young man during the wave of the AIDS crisis
- Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham directs this film about 13-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school
- Loud Crazy Love (Texas Premiere) – Trey Hill and Scott Mayo direct this music documentary focused on Brian Welch’s (Korn) vicious battle with crystal meth, ultimately finding solace in one place he never thought he could belong: church
- The Iron Orchard (World Premiere) – The story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oil fields circa 1939 who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter, directed by Ty Roberts
- Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Texas Premiere) – A reimagining of the Charles Band classic, from Dallas- Based, Cinestate. This Horror Comedy will headline DIFF’s “Almost Midnight” category.
- Sons of St. Clair – A music documentary directed by Tim Newfang following Krayzie and Bizzy of iconic Rap group Bone Thugs N Harmony into the recording studio as the duo sets out to prove to the younger generation that they can still create relevant music today
- Tejano (World Premiere) – Desperate for cash to pay his grandfather’s medical bills, a young man resorts to smuggling drugs across the Texas-Mexico border in this film directed by David Garcia.
A full list of films and categories will be posted soon on the 2018 DIFF Online Film Guide. The festival will take place from May 3 to May 10. This year, all feature and short film screenings at the 2018 DIFF will take place at The Magnolia in Uptown’s West Village shopping center. They will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and a series of special events, including a 25th anniversary event for Steven Spielberg’s three-time Academy Award-winning blockbuster Jurassic Park (1993) on Sunday, May 6 at Studio Movie Grill (Spring Valley) and a multi-film screening Opening Night Celebration at The Magnolia on Thursday, May 3 followed by a celebration in the streets of West Village.
To purchase passes for the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), please click here.
All-Access Star Passes can be purchased online in advance for $500 and include access to Screenings, Galas Special Events and the Filmmakers Lounge for all 8 days. Individual tickets start at $12 and discounted passes for Students and Senior Citizens can be purchased for $80.
About Dallas Film Society
Dallas Film Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting film, filmmakers and film education through our annual events, the Dallas International Film Festival and The Art of Film, through membership events and screenings, and through our educational programs: Summer Film Camp, the High School Roundtables and High School Day, and The Veterans Institute for Film & Media. Dallas Film provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. For more information, please visit www.dallasfilm.org