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Oak Cliff Film Festival features local big-time filmmaker

Oak Cliff Film Festival features local big-time filmmaker

Casey Affleck in A Ghost Story
David Lowery's A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Marawill be the closing night film for the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Oak Cliff Film Festival

The young-but-growing Oak Cliff Film Festival, now in its sixth year, has announced the feature film schedule for its upcoming edition, running June 8-11.

Headlining the list of 25 films will be the Texas premiere of David Lowery's A Ghost Story, which will close the festival on Sunday, June 11. Shot in and around Dallas, the film stars recent Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. It is a meditation on love and grief in which Affleck appears as a white-sheeted ghost who comes back to observe his widowed wife.

Another film of note playing at the festival will be Endless Poetry, from 88-year-old cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre), screening on Saturday, June 10. Jodorowsky's son, Adan Jodorowsky, who stars in the film and composed its score, will be in attendance for a Q&A and will perform a live concert set by his alter ego, Adanowsky, following the screening.
The festival will open with the dark, absurdist comedy Lemon, directed by Janicza Bravo (Divorce, Atlanta). Both Bravo and writer/actor Brett Gelman will be in attendance for a screening of the film, which also stars Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, and Gillian Jacobs.

Other Texas premieres at the festival will include The Little Hours, a rowdy comedy about some very unholy and unapologetic nuns (Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci) in the 14th century; Super Dark Times, a psychological tale about two teenagers growing up in mid-'90s suburbia; Scarred Hearts, a dark and absurdist Romanian comedy about a sanatorium patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly wither; and a new anti-documentary film from Jem Cohen called World Without End (No Reported Incidents).

There will also be a special free outdoor screening of Jonathan Demme's 1986 film, Something Wild, starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta, to honor the late director, who passed away on April 26 at the age of 73.
The festival will include a variety of of live musical performances and art installations, as well as educational events, including a cinematography workshop that will be free for students. Official venues for the festival will be the Texas Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kessler Theater, the Basement Gallery, and other venues in North Oak Cliff. For a full schedule of events, go to
Festival VIP passes (which provide access to all screenings, events, and access to the VIP Filmmakers lounge all weekend), ticket four-packs, and individual screening tickets are on sale now. The full festival schedule, including shorts programs, will be announced on May 15.