Film Festival Season

Mister Rogers movie among first 12 revealed for Dallas International Film Festival

Mister Rogers movie among first 12 revealed for Dallas Film Festival

Fred Rogers in Won't You Be My Neighbor
Won't You Be My Neighbor is one of the first 12 films announced for the 12th annual Dallas International Film Festival. Photo by Jim Judkis/Focus Features
Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
Eighth Grade is directed by comedian Bo Burnham, who's making his feature writing and directorial debut. Photo by Linda Kallerus, courtesy of A24
Ethan Hawke in First Reformed
Ethan Hawke stars as a conflicted pastor in First Reformed. First Reformed/Facebook
Fred Rogers in Won't You Be My Neighbor
Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
Ethan Hawke in First Reformed

The Dallas Film Society has announced the first 12 films for its 12th annual film festival, taking place May 3-10 at The Magnolia at West Village in Uptown Dallas. The May dates are a shift for the annual festival, which previously had always taken place in April.

Among the notable first films are Won't You Be My Neighbor, a documentary focused on the legacy of Mister Rogers by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom); First Reformed, a film directed by Paul Schrader that follows Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary; and Eighth Grade, a feature written and directed by comedian Bo Burnham about 13-year-old Kayla, who endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school.

The other initial films include:

  • McQueen, a film about fashion designer Alexander McQueen
  • Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, first feature documentary to examine Davis’ life
  • 1985, which follows a young man during the wave of the AIDS crisis
  • Loud Crazy Love, a documentary focused on Korn co-founder Brian Welch’s battle with crystal meth and redemption in church
  • The world premiere of The Iron Orchard, about Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oil fields circa 1939
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, a reimagining of the Charles Band comedy horror that will headline DIFF’s “Almost Midnight” category
  • Sons of St. Clair, a music documentary following Krayzie and Bizzy of Bone Thugs N Harmony as the duo sets out to prove that they can still create relevant music​
  • The world premiere of Tejano, about a young man who resorts to smuggling drugs across the Texas-Mexico border to pay his grandfather's medical bills

There will also be a series of special events, including a 25th anniversary celebration of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park at Studio Movie Grill — Spring Valley and a multifilm screening Opening Night Celebration followed by a celebration in the streets of West Village. In all, the festival will screen over 110 films from 25 countries.

Passes for the festival are now on sale. All-Access Star Passes can be purchased in advance for $500 and include access to Screenings, Galas, Special Events, and the Filmmakers Lounge for all eight days. Discounted passes for students and senior citizens can be purchased for $80. Individual tickets, which start at $12, will go on sale at a later date.