Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Oak Cliff to get its own film festival in June 2012
It will showcase "brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes."
OAK CLIFF Oak Cliff gets its first-ever film festival: The Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place June 14-17, 2012 at the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts TeCo Theater (formerly the Bluebird Theater), and the Belmont Hotel.
Led by Aviation Cinemas, which took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December 2010, the Oak Cliff Film Festival will showcase "brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes" from Oak Cliff, Dallas, Denton, Austin, and Fort Worth, as well as nationally and internationally.
Aviation will be joined by a programming committee of filmmakers and festival programmers from all over the world, including Blake Ethridge, former programmer for Austin’s Fantastic Fest. The programming team is already scouring the world for content.
In addition to its slate of national and international independent films, the Oak Cliff Film Festival will also feature a community and local student film competition.
The festival is backed by the 501c Oak Cliff Foundation, who purchased the Texas Theatre in 2001. Local sponsors include the Belmont Hotel, Bolsa, Eno’s, Oddfellows, Mesa, and the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. The festival is actively accepting corporate sponsors, too. The website is here.
The assembled team so far includes Aviation Cinemas partners Adam Donaghey, Barak Epstein, Jason Reimer, and Eric Steele, Festival Coordinator Carla Tschosik, Interactive Marketing Director Micah Phillips, Corporate Events Outreach Specialist Chris Gardner, and Festival Consultant Blake Ethridge.
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