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New festival looks to make its mark on the Dallas-Fort Worth movie scene

New festival looks to make its mark on Dallas-Fort Worth movie scene

Alfre Woodard in Clemency
Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard, will screen as part of inaugural North Texas Film Festival, September 26-29 at Cinemark West Plano and XD. Photo courtesy of Neon

The inaugural North Texas Film Festival, presented by Dallas Film and taking place September 26-29 at Cinemark West Plano and XD, has announced its first 15 films for a lineup that will eventually consist of more than 20 curated films.

The featured films will be in categories pertaining to sports, family, date night, horror, Best of DIFF 2019 (popular films from the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival), veteran films, early access sneak peeks, shorts, and Oscar-contending films.

Among the notable films in the initial announcement are Clemency, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Alfre Woodard; The Lodge, a supernatural thriller starring Alicia Silverstone, Riley Keough, and Richard Armitage; a retrospective screening of 1982's Poltergeist; and a 10th anniversary screening of The Blind Side.

“We value bringing people together to discover the art of film," says Johnathan Brownlee, CEO and president of Dallas Film and executive director of Dallas International Film Festival and North Texas Film Festival, in a release. "Film is the most relatable art form, and our goal with this new festival is to spark meaningful engagement with film in the North Texas region, welcome a full house for each screening, bring in incredible talent and filmmakers from around the world, and create a one-of-a-kind festival experience for all who attend."

The Poltergeist screening is part of a special partnership with the iconic horror magazine FANGORIA that will also include a screening of 1985's Re-Animator. Both films will be presented with exclusive introductions from the FANGORIA Vault.

Proceeds from North Texas Film Festival will benefit the Veterans Institute for Film and Media, a program that prepares veterans for careers in film and media production through education, mentorships, and job placements.

Reserved seating for each screening will be available to the public through Atom Tickets starting Monday, August 26. There will also be a festival lounge located within the theater with special perks in which festivalgoers can indulge. For more information, visit the official North Texas Film Festival website.