More Film Fest News: Oak Cliff Festival Announces Screenings, Events, Sponsors

The USA Film Festival finished up this weekend, on the heels of the Dallas International Film Festival. So it is only natural that we’d get some more film festival news. The new kid on the block, the Oak Cliff Film Festival, has announced some its screenings, events, and sponsors. Some highlights:

– A reunion screening of the Bonnie and Clyde-inspired, Dallas-shot cult classic, Love and a .45 , with cast and crew in attendance (including a possible Renee Zellweger appearance, I’m told). Apparently one 35 mm print exists of the movie, and filmmaker C.M. Talkington will be hand delivering it to the Texas Theatre for the fest.

– There will be a screening of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Dallas Zoo, because, you know, the animals — and also to coincide with Anderson’s new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, which will be released in late May.

– A winking double feature of the Safdie Bros’ new short, “The Black Balloon” with The Red Balloon,” the classic half-hour magical children’s short.

– And what I’m personally most looking forward to: a Cinema 16-inspired program of experimental film at Oil and Cotton, which will include a tribute to Amos Vogel, founder of Cinema 16 who passed away in April.

There’s more info on films, badges, bands, and the rest in the release, but here’s perhaps the most important bit: they’ve managed to line up more than a handful of sponsors.

Photo: Some in your face Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang via Love and a .45.

Oak Cliff Film Festival announces Select Films, Events, Corporate Sponsors, and North Texas Food Bank Partnership

DALLAS, TX (April 30, 2012) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Oak Cliff Film Festival, taking place at the legendary Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts “TeCo” Theater (formerly the Bluebird Theater), the Dallas Zoo, the Belmont Hotel, El Sibel Studio, The Turner House and Oil & Cotton during the week of June 14-17th, 2012 proudly announce the following films, events, and concerts (Full schedule to be announced May 14th):

  • Special screening of Love and a .45 (35mm) with Cast and Crew in attendance.
  • Outdoor screening at the Dallas Zoo of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  • Belmont Hotel Poolside screenings presented by Tuesday Night Trash.
  • Music video showcase at historic El Sibil, former studio of Frank Reaugh built in 1928.
  • Experimental “Cinema 16” shorts showcase and Amos Vogel tribute at Oil & Cotton.
  • Ghastly Love of Johnny X (35mm): a sci-fi musical!
  • Your Brother, Remember: a bizarre home video tribute to Kickboxer and Faces of Death.
  • Special Balloon Program: The Black Balloon (35mm) along with The Red Balloon (35mm).
  • The Comedy  – Featuring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in a movie where they don’t play Tim and Eric!
  • The Ambassador – a genre-breaking, tragic doc comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.
  • Filmmaking workshop at The Oak Cliff Cultural Center with Bradley Beesley, (Okie Noodling, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo, Fearless Freaks)
  • Live Music from New Fumes, Diamond Age, Night Game, Beau Jennings, Neeks, George Quartz, and a special live performance from My Education to the 1927 silent Murnau classic Sunrise (35mm)

Jason Reimer, Creative Director of the Texas Theatre and Co-Founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival is excited about the eclectic mix of films, parties, and concerts. “For each day and night of the festival we wanted to pepper in a few interesting acts that we thought would pair nicely with the films.” Said Reimer. “The Sunrise live score is not to be missed.”

Additionally, the Oak Cliff Film Festival proudly announces the following Corporate Sponsors as well as a strategic partnership with the North Texas Food Bank:

Fiscal Sponsor – Oak Cliff Foundation

Premium Festival Sponsor – Advocate

Official Sponsor – Corgan Associates

Beer Sponsor – New Belgium Brewing Co.

Media Sponsor –   KXT 91.7

Local Radio Sponsor – Mega 107.5 FM

Neighborhood Sponsor – Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group

Social Media Sponsor – Yelp!

Contributing Sponsor – North Texas Food Bank

Red Room Sponsor – Red Hook

Contributing Sponsor – Texas Film Commission

Hospitality Sponsor – the Belmont Hotel

Bicycle Sponsor – Oak Cliff Bicycle Company

Transportation Sponsor – Sewell Subaru of Dallas

Wine Sponsor – Oak Cliff Cellars

Printing Sponsor – Incense and Peppermints

Industry Sponsor – Dallas Film Commission

Community Sponsor – Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

Local Restaurant Sponsors – Bolsa, the Foundry, Nova, Smoke, Mesa, Eno’s, Campo

Popcorn Sponsor – Pop Coutre 

“We have been humbled by the generous support of some of Dallas’s most exciting companies. Their belief in the Oak Cliff community and in the uniting power of film has left all of us with renewed hope in Dallas at large” said Eric Steele, co-Founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

VIP All Access badges will officially go on sale May 1st 2012 with the launch of a Groupon deal. Guests with these badges will have unlimited access to all screenings and parties as well as be placed first in line for all films.

The Oak Cliff Foundation, fiscal sponsor of the Oak Cliff Film Festival, is also partnering with the North Texas Food Bank to help feed North Texans by contributing $5 per VIP All Access badge sold to the North Texas Food Bank. This initiative was coordinated by the festival planning team as a way of sharing the generosity of their sponsors with the surrounding community.

“The generosity of the Oak Cliff Foundation and the Oak Cliff community will fill the tables of countless North Texans and improve the lives of many more.” said Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank.


Premium Festival Sponsor, the Advocate, will be printing and delivering 50,000 festival inserts to individual homes across Dallas including residents of Oak Cliff and Lakewood.

“The Advocate is excited to be a founding sponsor of this exciting community event.” Said Advocate Marketing Director, Meghan Riney.  “Oak Cliff is a great place to live and work, and the Oak Cliff Film Festival is a great addition to the neighborhood’s growing arts scene.”

The film festival will also feature the very best of Oak Cliff’s theater venues as well as highlight the popular restaurants and bars of the burgeoning Bishop Arts District. Local restaurant and food sponsors include Bolsa, Eno’s, Mesa, Nova, the Foundry, Campo and Pop Coutre. 

Backed by the Oak Cliff Foundation – the Non Profit 5013C that owns the Texas Theatre and led by members of the Aviation Cinemas team who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December of 2010, The Oak Cliff Film Festival will seek to showcase “brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes” from Oak Cliff, Dallas, Denton, Austin, and Fort Worth as well as nationally and internationally. The assembled festival planning team for the festival includes Aviation Cinemas, Inc. Partners Adam Donaghey, Barak Epstein, Jason Reimer, and Eric Steele who will coordinate programming along with seasoned festival consultant Blake Ethridge.  Other team members include Festival Coordinator Carla Tschosik, Interactive Marketing Director Micah Phillips, Corporate Events Outreach Specialist Chris Gardner, and Oak Cliff Foundation Liaison Andrew Snow.


Background on The Oak Cliff Foundation:


In 2001 The Oak Cliff Foundation purchased the Texas Theatre and began looking for a new permanent tenant. Several areas of the building were renovated and upgraded by the OCF. The Texas Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.  In 2010, The Oak Cliff Foundation leased the theater to Aviation Cinemas, Inc.  Aviation Cinemas was quick to jump start operations and continued renovations. The theatre has garnered awards for Best Movie Theater in Dallas by The Dallas Observer and been nominated as Best Movie Theater, Best Music Venue and Best cocktail In Dallas by D Magazine.


“Energizing the Texas Theatre and re-establishing its role as a centerpiece of the Oak Cliff community are central to the mission of the Oak Cliff Foundation,” said Monte Anderson, Chairman of the Oak Cliff Foundation. “To that end, Aviation Cinemas has made huge strides in the last year through creativity, dogged determination, and hard work in making a name for the theatre with local and national filmmakers and film-lovers alike.  The Oak Cliff Film Festival has the potential to solidify these achievements and to further establish the theatre’s significance to Oak Cliff and the film community at large.”