Dallas International Film Festival has Judge Reinhold, Zoey Deutch & more this DIFF weekend

Dallas International Film Festival has Judge Reinhold, Zoey Deutch & more this DIFF weekend


The Dallas International Film Festival is in full swing and nearing the finish line, but there’s still plenty to do and see as the weekend approaches. Hollywood favorites like Judge Reinhold, Zoey Deutch and David Gordon Green will be doing special presentations on Saturday, and there’s lots of great films to check out over the next few days. See the press release excepts below for more info. Here’s what we suggest you make note of:


Friday – April 7:

WAKEFIELD – In Robin Swicord’s adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors. WAKEFIELD becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself.
At the Magnolia Theater 4:30pm

THE LOST CITY OF Z – James Gray’s emotionally and visually resplendent epic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (a remarkable Charlie Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence. Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji cast quite a spell, exquisitely pitched between rapture and dizzying terror. Also starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, THE LOST CITY OF Z represents a form of epic storytelling that has all but vanished from the landscape of modern cinema, and a rare level of artistry.
Magnolia Theater at 7:00pm


Saturday – April 8:

BEFORE I FALL Screening & Conversation with Shining Star Award Honoree Zoey Deutch – Based on the bestselling young adult novel, BEFORE I FALL Fall features a fluid, riveting performance by Zoey Deutsch as Sam—a girl learning to disentangle her values from high school’s rigid social strictures to discover her true self. Director Ry Russo-Young smartly and lushly layers high school drama with chilly noir and suspense genres to deliver a thrilling, profoundly moving ride.
Angelika Film Center 12:30pm

A Conversation with David Gordon Green – In memory of L.M. Kit Carson, the Dallas Film Society’s L.M Kit Carson Maverick Award is presented to groundbreaking filmmakers and noted auteurs with unique cinematic voices that challenge our notions of mainstream cinema. Join us for a Conversation with this year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree, Writer/Director David Gordon Green. His debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. More recent films include JOE (2014) and MANGLEHORN (2015), which screened at the 2014 and 2015 Dallas International Film Festivals respectively.
SMU Meadows Museum 1:00pm (followed that evening by a screening of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS at the Texas Theatre at 7pm)

ONE FALSE MOVE Screening & Conversation Remembering Dallas Star Award Honoree Bill Paxton – Join us as we remember the life and work of Bill Paxton with this special screening of Carl Franklin’s ONE FALSE MOVE followed by a conversation with friends and family members. Paxton was an award-winning actor and filmmaker from Texas. In 1992, he landed his first leading role in ONE FALSE MOVE. Paxton went on to star in several hit films including ALIENS (1985), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996) and TITANIC (1997), among others. In 2001, he directed the crime thriller FRAILTY. He’s well known for his role as Bill Henrickson in the popular HBO series Big Love (2006-2011).
Magnolia Theater at 5:00pm

DADDY’S DYIN’… WHOSE GOT THE WILL? Screening & Conversation Presented by Judge Reinhold – Join us for a special presentation that will take a look at Jack Fisk’s 1990 ensemble comedy based on Del Shores’s play. The film is a classic set up of bickering siblings reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed, and features a great cast, including Reinhold, Beau Bridges, Keith Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo, and Tess Harper.
Angelika Film Center at 7:30pm


Sunday – April 9

BAND AID – Married couple Anna and Ben fight constantly. It doesn’t help that they’ve each come to a standstill in their careers, or that, together, they’ve suffered a heartbreak neither wants to face. But one day they come up with a brilliant idea they actually agree on: Why not start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration? Almost as soon as they dig out their old electric guitars from the garage, their musical partnership starts to jell, but it soon becomes apparent this is only a temporary distraction from their real problems. Debut feature director Zoe Lister-Jones, who also writes and stars in Band Aid, offers an honest, intelligent, and hilarious perspective on modern relationships. Carefully observed and cleverly conceived, the film hinges on the undeniable chemistry between Adam Pally and Lister-Jones—not to mention they make a delightful indie pop duo (along with Fred Armisen on drums). Together they create a moving and comedic portrayal of a couple in denial of their pain, and who have to heal separately in order to move forward.
Magnolia Theater at 12:15pm

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – In 2012, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. filed charges against a bank related to the mortgage crisis. But the bank wasn’t one of the “too big to fail” giants that needed taxpayer rescue. It was a modest Chinatown institution called Abacus Federal Savings Bank that never sought a bailout, but was “small enough to jail.” They were the only domestic bank to be criminally indicted in the wake of 2008, yet this important story was scarcely known outside New York’s Chinatown community. Sung was the model of the American dream. After succeeding as a lawyer, he witnessed bigger banks reject his fellow Chinese immigrants for loans. So he opened Abacus, taking inspiration from Jimmy Stewart’s character in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
Angelika Film Center at 5:00pm

THE PROMISE – Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Mikael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), and Chris (Christian Bale), a renowned American journalist based in Paris.
Angelika Film Center at 7:30pm

Find out more information on the Dallas International Film Festival by visiting the official DIFF website

At the conclusion of DIFF, Fort Worth native and widely-admired actor and filmmaker Bill Paxton will be remembered and honored with a posthumous presentation of the Dallas Star Award, and Zoey Deutch, the talented star of the recent hit indie film, BEFORE I FALL, will receive the Dallas Shining Star Award during the DFS Honors event presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation at The Highland Dallas (5300 E. Mockingbird Lane).

Bill Paxton first gained attention with his short film, FISH HEADS (1980), became a cult hit following its debut on “Saturday Night Live.” Supporting appearances in films like THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE (1983), STREETS OF FIRE (1984), and THE TERMINATOR (1984) followed until his roles in WEIRD SCIENCE (1985), ALIENS (1985), and NEAR DARK (1987), made a lasting impression on film audiences. His lead role in the independent classic ONE FALSE MOVE (1992) took Paxton’s career to another level, with star turns in TOMBSTONE (1993), TRUE LIES (1994), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996), TITANIC (1997), and A SIMPLE PLAN (1998) establishing his undeniable onscreen charisma and impact. Somewhat underrated as a filmmaker himself, Paxton produced TRAVELLER (1997), and made a stunning feature film directorial debut with FRAILTY (2001). On television, Paxton brought comllex dimensions to his polygamist character in “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-2011, earning three Golden Globe nominations for his work on the series. He followed that success with his Emmy nominated role in the miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” in 2012. A scene-stealing guest role in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (2014), and the lead in “Training Day,” (2016) followed.

Paxton, a long-time noted friend of the film festival will be honored during a special screening of Carl Franklin’s ONE FALSE MOVE on Saturday, April 8 at 5:00PM at the Angelika Theater (5321 E Mockingbird Lane).

Quickly establishing herself as a vibrant and charming presence onscreen, Zoey Deutch is currently starring in Ry Russo Young’s BEFORE I FALL, an adaptation of the popular YA novel. She will also be seen in Max Winkler’s FLOWER, which will make its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, as well as Danny Strong’s REBEL IN THE RYE, portraying ‘Oona O’Neill,’ the daughter of legendary playwright Eugene O’Neill, set for release later in the year.

Last year, Deutch co-starred in John Hamburg’s WHY HIM? opposite James Franco and Bryan Cranston, Richard Linklater’s EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, Dan Mazur’s notorious comedy DIRTY GRANDPA opposite Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, and Gary Michael Schultz’s indie VINCENT N ROXXY opposite Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz and Emory Cohen.

Deutch recently wrapped production on THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN starring opposite her sister Madelyn Deutch, who wrote the script. The film also marks the directorial debut of their mother, Lea Thompson. Deutch will be presented with the Dallas Shining Star Award during the DFS Honors event presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation at The Highland Dallas (5300 E. Mockingbird Lane) on Friday, April 7. A special free screening of BEFORE I FALL, followed by a “Conversation with Zoey Deutch” will take place on Saturday, April 8 at 12:30PM at the Angelika Theater.

Screenings added to the DIFF slate include Robin Swicord’s drama, WAKEFIELD, which stars Bryan Cranston as a New York City lawyer, who hides out in the attic of his home for weeks, coming out in the daytime when his family is gone to shower and eat.  His withdrawal leads him to examine his life, and he rationalizes that he has not abandoned his family because he is still in the house. When a former boyfriend re-enters his wife’s life, he realizes that he may not be able to return to life he has abandoned. The film also stars Jennifer Garner.

Zoe Lister Jones’s comedy BAND AID, stars Lister and Adam Pally as a married couple that attempt to work through their marital issues and strife by pulling out some old musical instruments and making up songs about the subject of their arguments. The film also stars Fred Armisen, Brooklyn Decker, Jamie Chung, and Colin Hanks.


JUDGE REINHOLD PRESENTS: DADDY’S DYIN’… WHO’S GOT THE WILL screens on Saturday, April 8 at the Angelika Theater. The presentation will take a look at Texas native Jack Fisk’s 1990 hilarious ensemble comedy written by fellow Texan Del Shores. The film centers around bickering siblings reunited at their Texas home as their father lies on his deathbed, and features a great cast, including Reinhold, Beau Bridges, Keith Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo, and Tess Harper. Reinhold, an Emmy nominee, and veteran of 75 films and television appearances, will be on hand for a special “Conversation” and Q&A following the screening.

Once again, the Dallas Film Society has teamed up with DART for their successful partnership DART to DIFF. Many DIFF activities and events take place in the heart of Dallas and the partnership with DART will provide quick and convenient transportation for all festival attendees. In addition, DFS has teamed with Uber for UBER to DIFF this year, as Uber has come onboard as the Exclusive Rideshare Partner for the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival. Download the Uber app and sign up with the promo code DIFF2017 to get $15 off your first ride! Sign up here: https://get.uber.com/go/DIFF2017. Online ticket sales are available at DallasFilm.org, and the Prekindle Box Office.

Find out more information on the Dallas International Film Festival by visiting the official DIFF website

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