The 8th annual Oak Cliff Film Festival returns to Dallas’ historic Texas Theatre and Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kessler Theater, and numerous other venues around Dallas’ vibrant Oak Cliff neighborhood, June 6 – 9, 2019 featuring the very best of Oak Cliff’s historic theater venues, the festival also highlights the area’s popular restaurants, bars, and small businesses, and seeks to showcase and cultivate the best of independent and brave filmmaking in Texas and beyond.
This year’s schedule includes 28 feature-length films, with 13 Texas premieres as well as 36 short films, opening and closing night parties, filmmaking workshops, live music events and much more!
“We welcome moviegoers and film fans to another Oak Cliff Film Festival! The diverse neighborhood of Oak Cliff is the perfect context for the varied programming the festival seeks to introduce to new audiences” said Barak Epstein and Jason Reimer, Oak Cliff Film Festival Co-Founders.
Oak Cliff Film Festival Highlights
Headstrong and emotional writer Billi (Awkwafina) rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes. (USA, 98 mins) – Directed by Lulu Wang
The year is 1953. Andy, a young, introverted teenager, works as a Zamboni driver at an ice rink where his father is a flamboyant skating instructor. Andy’s mother is institutionalized. When Andy meets Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum), a famous lobotomist now in the sad decline of his career, the shy young man joins the doctor on a tour of rural mental hospitals.
As Fiennes desperately evangelizes for the lobotomy procedure to drum up business, Andy becomes infatuated with a patient and her father and immerses himself in the surreal, burgeoning New Age movement of the American West. (USA, 106 mins) – Directed by Rick Alverson
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James).
After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed — and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (SNL’s Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes.
But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love. (UK, 112 mins) – Directed by Danny Boyle
Sword of Trust
When Cynthia and Mary (Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she’s received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. The two attempt to unload the object to a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) and his man-child sidekick Nathaniel (Jon Bass).
When Mel and Nathaniel discover there’s a black market for the relic, the two pairs reluctantly join forces to sell this rarefied ‘prover item’ to the highest bidder. The adventure that ensues takes the four of them on a wild journey into the depths of conspiracy theory and Southern disillusionment. (USA, 88 mins) – Directed by Lynn Shelton
Daniel Isn’t Real
Traumatized 8-year old Luke invents an imaginary friend named Daniel who leads them both into a world of fantasy and imagination. After Daniel tricks Luke into doing something terrible, Luke is forced to lock him away. Twelve years later, Luke brings Daniel back — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda. (USA, 96 mins) – Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer
From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man.
Love, Antosha explores his successes and his struggles and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old. (USA, 92 mins) – Directed by Garret Price
How to Attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival
Festival badges and tickets on sale now at OakCliffFilmFestival.com
VIP Badges and tickets for individual screenings are available for purchase here.
Tickets for individual screenings will also be available at the door for each venue at a later date. For the latest festival developments and announcements, visit the Oak Cliff Film Festival website.
About Oak Cliff Film Festival
The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2012 as a regional film festival in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The festival has been received national acclaim from prominent sources including The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine.