Countdown to DIFF 2012 – Turning 6 today.

12 04 2012

“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”  ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997.

I’m not sure what this has to do with the Dallas International Film Festival 2012, but this shot was taken by me while I was in Dallas.  So yeah, go ahead and figure out the 6 best reasons to see why DIFF makes silent wolves and howling moons.

Today opens the 6th annual Dallas International Film Festival at the downtown staple, The Majestic Theatre.  To help figure out what to be doing this opening weekend we’ve made our Top 6 Must Do List.

6.  A Musical Journey.

One of the oldest connections to the Deep Ellum Film Festival, the originator for DIFF, is the Deep Ellum Music Section at the fest.  This year’s four films all share musical journey themes for some of our most intriguing and talented musicians.  This opening weekend (including Friday) selection is Under African Skies which tells the story of Paul Simon’s epic GRACELAND album tour in South Africa.  Documentary director Joe Berlinger is a must know in the non-fiction world!

5.  Awesome Austin at DIFF.

The capitol is represented nicely at this year’s fest with APL director Jonny Mars here also for his acting in Kat Candler’s wonderful short Hellion.  The Austin Film Festival folks are also nicely represented with Cinema Six.  But you can’t go wrong with a documentary about America’s team!  The first screening is already sold out, so hurry and figure out about the coveted second screening of APL on Monday at the Angelika!

4. International Flavor

DIFF has established a wonderful look into Latino and Asian cinema over the last few years and this year’s crop of films is possibly its more expansive!  We’ll talk more about the Asian films at this year’s fest next week, but this weekend’s Latino Cinema Day on Sunday, April 15th at West Village next to the Magnolia is going to be a joyous occasion.  I wanted to highlight the Bulgarian feature from 1st time director Kristina Nikolova mainly because DIFF’s James Faust gives the approving nod.  Another gem that James and I chitchatted about was the Israeli drama Policeman.  Make sure to try out the international flavor at DIFF to fully experience the festival.

3.  Talk Show Panels – Don’t skip these insightful chats!!

The Talk Show Panels are all held at the magnificent Nasher Sculpture Center which is well worth the visit!  This weekend in particular is nice because the Nasher folks are unveiling local talent Erick Swenson’s eclectic art.  If I had to pin point one Talk Show Panel to for sure to check out, head over to the Nasher for the power producers on Saturday at 11am.

2.  Magical Night at the Majestic.

If there is one night to be out an about, it’s gotta be opening night!

From the DIFF website:

At 6:30 p.m., we’ll have a star studded red carpet in front of the theater that will include filmmakers from the Festival’s films, celebrities and Dallas notables.

At 7:30 p.m. we start the show. We’ll dedicate the Festival to Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell, Founder of Cinemark USA, introduce the filmmakers from our Opening Night film, LIBERAL ARTS and start the screening.

1.  Scary times at DIFF 2012!!

The scary films showcased year in and year out at DIFF always seem to have some real gems.  Cuban zombies is really peaking my attention this year, but also keep an eye on DIFF alum Nick McCarthy’s feature length version of his haunting tale, The Pact.

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