2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival
The 2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place at multiple locations in Oak Cliff. The following are the screenings and events that will take place at The Kessler:
20 Years of Madness (1 pm)
Two high school friends do the unthinkable - create a brilliant, funny show on Detroit public access TV called Thirty Minutes of Madness. Twenty years after the group broke up, they get back together to make one, last episode while reconciling their teenage dreams with reality. Director: Jeremy Royce
The Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents (3:30 pm)
This documentary explores the fame of the anonymous band that gained subculture popularity for their experimental multi-media art. Director: Don Hardy
Documentary Shorts (1 pm)
The documentary shorts collection will include the following short films (explicit content):
- Unmappable (Director: Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma) - A contemplative portrait of the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood.
- Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story (Directors: Ben Steinbauer and Bradley Beesley) - In the early 1980s, before the Jerky Boys brought prank phone calls to a mainstream audience, a group of Oklahoma teenagers were conducting strange backwoods experiments with their landline telephone. These underground prank calls gained infamy, and became known as Park Grubbs,
- American Renaissance (Directors: Ryan Scafuro and Jarred Alterman) - Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England in a small town in upstate New York.
- Dolphin Lover (Director: Kareem Tabsch) - The incredible true story of Malcolm Brenner and his summer long love affair with Dolly the dolphin.
- The Bad Boy of Bowling (Director: Bryan Storkel) - Tells the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared "bad boy of bowling" and the first rock star of the sport. As one writer put it, "He's the greatest show in bowling. Or, depending on how you judge him, he's a giant black eye on a sport constantly searching for respect."
Made in Japan (3:30 pm)
The first female, Japanese country music star who made seven albums and received the only standing ovation of the evening at the Grand Ole Opry, even having performed after Johnny Cash, joins her husband to set out on a journey to perform at the Opry one more time. Director: Josh Bishop