The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Boardwalk Auto Group announced today that the past president and CEO of United Artists and Orion Pictures respectively, Eric Pleskow, will be honored for his lifetime achievements in the film industry at the Dallas Film Society Honors on April 20. Also revealed is the full schedule of features and shorts that will be screened through the Festival’s 11-day run (April 12 – 22, 2012). Finally, the lucky filmmakers who win the Texas Competition category will enjoy a camera rental package worth $30,000 for their next production, courtesy of PANAVISION.
“In our decision to dedicate the 2012 DIFF to Cinemark’s Lee Roy and Tandy Mitchell, we decided to spotlight the important and tireless work that film industry executives undertake to bring these works of art to the big screen. Eric Pleskow, one of Hollywood’s greatest executives, has helped bring much-loved classics to fruition and yet to most people outside of the industry his name is unknown,” said Lee Papert, president and CEO of the Dallas Film Society. “That is the beauty of a film festival. We have the opportunity of opening people’s eyes to the unbelievable work that these powerful men and women do behind-the-scenes in the film industry and I am thrilled to highlight Eric Pleskow’s achievements in Dallas.” Eric Pleskow will be honored at the Dallas Film Society Honors on April 20 and will have a “Conversation with…” on Saturday, April 21.
Film technology giant PANAVISION is confirmed as the sponsor of the coveted Texas Competition category. Seven filmmakers in this category will have the opportunity to vie for the Texas Competition Award, which will come with a generous camera rental package from Panavision for their next production. The value of this package is worth $30,000 which is a goldmine for independent filmmakers.
With 111 films representing 27 countries, 5 World Premieres, 1 North American Premieres, 1 U.S Premiere and 36 Texas Premieres, the Dallas International Film Festival is heading into its 6th year with a rich tapestry of features and shorts that celebrate the best of independent filmmaking and a strong line-up of DIFF’s celebrated alum: Morgan Spurlock presents COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE; Robert Byington returns with SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME following his success at DIFF 2010 with HARMONY AND ME; DIFF 2009 Environmental Visions winner for CRUDE and Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger will grace this year’s Festival with the celebrated Paul Simon documentary, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES. World Premieres of Will Moore’s SATELLITE OF LOVE and Timothy Armstrong’s COWGIRLS N’ ANGELS will see talent Zachary Knighton (HAPPY ENDINGS), Janina Gavankar (TRUE BLOOD), James Cromwell (L.A CONFIDENTIAL, THE ARTIST) and rising star Bailee Madison (CONVICTION, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK) adorning the Dallas screens. Brandon Dickerson’s SIRONIA will see musician and writer Wes Cunningham and SMU alum Amy Acker (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, ALIAS) return to their Texas roots and X-MEN’s Famke Janssen will introduce her directorial debut BRINGING UP BOBBY. Other star laden films include (in alphabetical order) Common, Barry Corbin, Marcia Cross, Mark Duplass, Zac Efron, Danny Glover, Richard Jenkins, Milla Jovovich, Diane Keaton, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Kline, Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Elizabeth Olsen, Bill Pullman, Jason Ritter, Sam Shepard, Wilmer Valderrama, Michael Urie, Dianne Wiest, Michael K. Williams.
James Faust, artistic director of the Dallas Film Society comments, “I am exceptionally proud of the slate of films we have lined up this year. With works from 27 countries, a spotlight on South Korea, edgy blockbusters as well as challenging, thought provoking independent films there really is a film in this line-up for everyone. Some people think film festivals are inaccessible for the general public – this year we are working to dispel that theory for good. Come one, come all and join us in this truly international celebration of film.”
WHEN: April 12 – 22, 2012
This year, DIFF introduces The Festival Village at Mockingbird Station. Many venues can be reached by DART Light Rail, and DIFF will operate regular shuttles to each day’s venues.
The Festival Village at Mockingbird Station
Angelika Film Center Dallas – 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, 214-841-4713
Faulkner Design Group Festival Lounge – Suite 240 (between the Angelika Film Center and Trinity Hall Irish Pub)
Prekindle Main Box Office – Suite 105 (near Urban Taco)
DIFF Volunteer HQ – Suite 225 (next to Hyena’s)
West Village – 3699 McKinney Ave.
The Magnolia – 3699 McKinney Ave., Suite 100, 214-764-9106
The Festival Village at Mockingbird Station
AMC NorthPark 15 – NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, 214-265-7138
The Texas Theatre – 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., 214-948-1546
Majestic Theatre – 1925 Elm Street, 214-670-3687
Hotel Palomar Dallas– 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, 214-520-7969
Nasher Sculpture Center – 2001 Flora Street, 214-242-5100
Shuttle service to venues
Festival Pass and badge holders may ride DIFF shuttles that run in a circuit to each day’s theaters and event locations. Shuttle stops are marked by signs at each venue. Express shuttles run from the Angelika Film Center to Talk/Show panels at the Nasher Sculpture Center on weekends and to Family Day at NorthPark Center on Saturday, April 14.
Passes are currently for sale and range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass. Tickets go on sale at the Prekindle Box Office and online to the public on March 22. The Prekindle Box Office will be featured as part of the Festival Village at Mockingbird Station at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 105. For further information on pass levels and how to purchase passes visit: www.DallasFilm.org or telephone 214.720.0555.
For more information and full schedule, visit here.