Talk/Show Panels and Featured Conversations
The Dallas International Film Festival’s Talk/Show panels are free and open to the public. The DIFF 2017 panels dive deep into filmmaking topics, such as documentary making, activist filmmaking and virtual reality.
The Festival also features special screenings including conversations with the 2017 honorees, offering audiences a rare opportunity to spend time with some of the leading lights in cinema. Click on the links below for more information and tickets to these exciting events.
Saturday, April 1 | The Highland Ballroom
The roots of the storied New Hollywood Era can be traced back to 1967, the landmark year when young mavericks and seasoned professionals fired their opening salvos in a groundbreaking, trendsetting revolution that continues to inspire contemporary filmmakers. Movies as diverse as BONNIE AND CLYDE and COOL HAND LUKE boldly challenged the restraints of the increasingly irrelevant Production Code, while even GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, an old-fashioned concoction starring living legends Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, explicitly acknowledged that times were indeed a-changing.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that wonderful year, the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival offers a special 1967 retrospective program, including this panel discussion on the greatest year in cinema history!
MODERATOR: CHRIS VOGNAR
Culture Critic, Dallas Morning News
PANELIST: JOE LEYDON
Film Critic, Variety and Contributing Editor, Cowboys & Indians Magazine
Austin Film Society’s Artist Services Manager, Lliana Sosa takes filmmakers through the application process to obtain a film grant from the Austin Film Society, which awards over $100,000 annually to independent filmmakers residing in Texas. The following AFS Award-Winning Short Films will also be shown during the seminar:
CARNE SECA TRT (12.min., Narrative Short)
Director: Jazmin Diaz
Brothers David and Oscar Juarez have until sunset to turn a profit on their father’s business or face the consequences of his belligerence.
1985 (9 min., Narrative Short)
Director: Yen Tan
A dying man seeks out a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.
THE SEND OFF (13 min., Documentary Short)
Director: Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enters the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
MODERATOR: LLIANA SOSA
Artist Services Manager, Austin Film Society
Sunday, April 2 | The Highland Ballroom
As reality TV rises to the peak of sensationalism, the expansion between what is considered “pure entertainment” vs. “quality television” has vastly grown. While sub-genres like “celebrity,” “lifestyle,” and “competition” still hold their place in the zeitgeist, it is the docuseries that has raised the bar, proving to not only be on par with scripted series, but often surpassing them with a new level of cinematic storytelling. By taking thought provoking, and at times educational, true stories that previously existed only in traditional documentaries and turning them into episodic, high quality docuseries, these producers and executives will discuss how they are playing a role in “redefining” how the world looks at unscripted television.
EP/Showrunner, Nat Geo’s Breakthrough: Predicting the Future
Writer/Producer, Murder Made Me Famous
Filmmakers often have lofty goals when they set out to make a film or documentary around a specific conversation issue, sometimes assuming that just shining a light on the subject is enough. But what does it really take to reach an audience in such a way that people will watch your film, and then take action to make an impact and create real change? Panelists will discuss successful strategies used to engage audiences, and how to get them to respond to media in a way that can truly change the world.
MODERATOR: MICHAEL CAIN
PANELIST: CULLEN HOBACK
Filmmaker, WHAT LIES UPSTREAM
Join Reel FX and VR makers to discuss how studios and filmmakers are embracing Virtual Reality as a transformative way to promote action for social change, build awareness for humanitarian campaigns, and drive major industry players and brands to build audience support for causes.
Panelists will discuss how immersing viewers in cause-related VR and 360 video provides the visceral response non-profits seek to drive emotional reactions to their campaigns. Reel FX projects dedicated to VR for social good include AT&T’s ‘It Can Wait’ campaign to prevent deadly, distracted driving, the award winning #enlistme 360 Skydive for GMC—featuring Josh Duhamel taking wounded veterans on a dive to support injured service members—and their partnership with Oculus VR for Good, which pairs rising filmmakers, industry mentors and non-profits together to champion causes from ocean preservation to survivors of human trafficking.
Participants from the campaigns will discuss the impact of Virtual reality on viewers and the increasing demand for cause driven VR along with the challenges, potential drawbacks, and the future of VR for Social Good.
Saturday, April 8 at 12:30 PM | Angelika Film Center #7
Join us for a FREE Screening of BEFORE I FALL, followed by a conversation with the film’s star and our 2017 Dallas Film Society Shining Star Award Honoree, Zoey Deutch. Based on the bestselling young adult novel, BEFORE I FALL Fall features a fluid, riveting performance by Zoey Deutsch as Sam—a girl learning to disentangle her values from high school’s rigid social strictures to discover her true self.
Award-winning actress Zoey Deutch is steadily building on her body of work with dynamic roles alongside notable actors and filmmakers. Deutch is well known for her roles in VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016) Most recently, she starred in REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL, both of which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.Vibrant, diversely talented, award-winning actress Zoey Deutch is steadily building on her body of work with dynamic roles alongside notable actors and filmmakers. Deutch is well known for her roles in VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016) Most recently, she starred in REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL, both of which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM | Meadows Museum at SMU
In memory of L.M. Kit Carson, the Dallas Film Society’s L.M Kit Carson Maverick Award is presented to groundbreaking filmmakers and noted auteurs with unique cinematic voices that challenge our notions of mainstream cinema. Join us for a Conversation with this year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree, 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. More recent films include JOE (2014) and MANGLEHORN (2015), which screened at the 2014 and 2015 Dallas International Film Festivals respectively.
A Conversation with David Gordon Green, Moderated by Culture Critic Chris Vognar (Dallas Morning News) will be held at the Meadow’s Museum on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. followed that evening by a screening of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS at the Texas Theatre at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 at 5 PM | The Magnolia Theatre #5
Join us as we remember the life and work of Bill Paxton with this special screening of Director Carl Franklin’s ONE FALSE MOVE followed by a conversation with friends and family members.
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), among others. In 2001, he directed the crime thriller FRAILTY. Paxton is also well known for his role as Bill Henrickson in the popular HBO series Big Love (2006-2011).
Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM | Angelika Film Center #4
Join us for a special screening of DADDY’S DYIN’… WHOSE GOT THE WILL? presented by Judge Reinhold. The presentation will take a look at Jack Fisk’s 1990 ensemble comedy based on Del Shores’s play. The film is a classic set up of bickering siblings reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed, and features a great cast, including Reinhold, Beau Bridges, Keith Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo, and Tess Harper.
Judge Reinhold has been in over seventy-five motion picture and television roles and enjoys a 25-year relationship with an international audience of all ages. His films include STRIPES, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, RUTHLESS PEOPLE, Disney’s Christmas franchise, THE SANTA CLAUSE 1, 2 & 3 and BEVERLY HILLS COP 1, 2, 3. Most recently, Judge co-starred with Bruce Campbell in the indie comedy HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL (releasing in 2017) and can be seen in the new TBS comedy series The Detour.
DALLAS STAR AWARDBILL 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)
L.M. KIT CARSON
DAVID 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.
SHINING STAR AWARDZOEY 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.