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by Alex Garcia Topete Starting with the opening film of the Festival, the Dallas-set BONNIE & CLYDE, and followed by its peer 1967 prison-themed classic COOL HAND LUKE, the tone and unofficial theme of this year’s DIFF becomes apparent: outcasts …

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One of the best things about film festivals is the opportunity to watch movies that delve deeper into the human subconscious than through the average cinematic experience. The only thing is, once you start probing those depths, you might uncover more than you can handle. Identity issues, past traumas, current confusion, and straight-up psychosis is on the menu at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival, challenging audiences with interpretations of what is sane, and what – for better or worse – is simply the human condition.

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Envisioning and producing a finished film requires a group of diverse artists collaborating towards a common goal. So given that, what better way to tell a story of an artist? When profiling any creative type, a cinematic approach not only shares the tale, but also has the ability to immerse the audience in their process; watching the art being created, hearing the music as it’s composed, seeing the progression of magic skills, etc. From narrative features to compelling documentaries, helmed by everyone from masters of their craft to breakout, nascent talent, DIFF 2017 proudly presents several different takes on the portrait of an artist.

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When you want to get your heart pumping while eating popcorn, what better way than to see a movie that has any combination of the following: fights, cars chasing each other, natural disasters, martial arts, and good battling evil. Several films offer the thrill of a good action and suspense movie at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival. There are documentaries that investigate water contamination and the world of undercover journalism’s role in fighting injustice. Not to mention international thrillers from Hong Kong and South Korea in the World Cinema category and a Premier Series offering about a Marine facing tough odds on a tactical mission.

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When done well, documentaries have the ability to focus like a laser of some minute topic in the world and then pull back to let the audience see themselves in the story. The documentaries in this group help us do just that. Whether it’s a nostalgic look at a magazine for kids, the turbulence of being a student, or cheerleading in sub-zero temperatures, audiences will find it easy to root for the young people and adults in these stories. After all from acne to dating to bills, we’ve all been there.

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DIFF2017 HONOREES

DALLAS STAR AWARD

Bill Paxton BILL PAXTON (POSTHUMOUSLY)

Bill Paxton was an award-winning actor and filmmaker from Texas. In 1992, he landed his first leading role in ONE FALSE MOVE. Paxton went on to star in several hit films including ALIENS (1985), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996) and TITANIC (1997)

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L.M. KIT CARSON
MAVERICK AWARD

David Gordon Green star awardDAVID GORDON GREEN

This year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree is writer/director David Gordon Green. David Gordon Green’s debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

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SHINING STAR AWARD

Zoey Deutch ZOEY DEUTCH

This year’s Shining Star Award Honoree is Zoey Deutch. Zoey Deutch is an actress known for VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016). Most recently, Zoey Deutch starred in two films selected at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL.

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