A new festival dedicated to all things indie is in the works for Dallas, spotlighting music, art and film. Founder Adam Zoblotsky says that the Dallas Indie Festival, scheduled for June 5-8, 2014, will celebrate our indie arts scene.
Zoblotsky is a colorful entrepreneur whose name has been affiliated with a number of other festivals, including the the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Angel City Film Festival, the New York Underground Film and Video Festival, and the Hollywood Underground Film Festival.
"The whole concept is that Dallas is deserving of an independent festival with a focus on different artists, and not just the same old same old," he says. "The New York Times ran an article on June 2 talking about the indie scene in Texas and how everyone thinks 'Austin,' but now it's Dallas. I want to piggy-back off that sentiment. I feel that Dallas is a prime location."
"With my connection to Los Angeles, and our combining film with music and art, we feel like we have a triple threat," says founder Adam Zoblotsky.
Film will be a component, but it won't be the entire focus.
"We want to give a platform to independent filmmakers," Zoblotsky says. "The Dallas Film Festival is a great festival. And the USA Film Festival has been around a long time. But with my connection to Los Angeles, and our platform for independent filmmakers, and our combining film with music and art, we feel like we have a triple threat."
Though Dallas is in the name, the event will take place in Plano; the Courtyard Theater in downtown Plano will be the main venue.
"The opening night, June 5, will be at the Angelika at the Shops at Legacy," he says. "Then we'll be screening films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Courtyard. We'll have at least 50 movies.
"There'll be an art expo at the Courtyard on Saturday and Sunday, and we're expecting 100-plus artists. The music component, we'll have 25 to 50 bands and musicians. Then, on closing night, June 8, we'll host an awards ceremony."
Beverly Hills Film Festival director Nino Simone, with whom Zoblotsky worked when that festival first launched, says that Zoblotsky knows his way around a festival. "If anybody can pull it off there, it's Adam," he says.
Zoblotsky says that Dallas was crying for something dedicated to independent art.
"There's no shortage of talent or scene or flavor, but what I feel was lacking was a vehicle to display the talent," he says. "Though obviously we'll be screening product from outside of Dallas as well.
"But I wanted to create a destination so that people could see that Dallas wasn't just cowboy hats and boots. Dallas is a cutting-edge city. It just needs an additional vehicle."