Since It's Never Too Early, Dallas International Film Festival Announces Its First 12 Titles

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The Indonesian Blood of Eagles is among the first dirty dozen titles selected for this year's Dallas International Film Festival.
While in the middle of dealing with some South by Southwest film fest logistics, this announcement arrived from the Dallas International Film Festival: It's ready to debut its first dozen titles. Not that you need to queue up at this very moment: Passes to the fest are on sale, running from $50 for 10-ticket vouchers to the $750 hoity-toity Star Pass, but individual tickets don't go on sale till March 14. Which makes sense, given that the fest doesn't even pull back its first curtain till March 31 (it runs through April 10).

These aren't the high-profile titles you're looking for; it's still too early for that. Right now, the biggest name on the list you'll find after the jump is ... Good Guy Colin Hanks? No, wait -- Jeffrey Tambor, hey now. Or maybe Jerry Jeff Walker, subject of the doc OK Buckaroos. There's also Calvin Reeder's Sundance-bowing creeptacular The Oregonian, a sneak peek at which is available here. And Blood of Eagles looks fun.

The whole list follows. But perhaps most exciting of all is the news that the downtown Joule Hotel will serve as this year's home base, following last year's move to the Palomar from the W.
The initial 12 selections are:

BLOOD OF EAGLES (Darah garuda - Merah putih II) (Indonesia) - US PREMIERE
Director: Yadi Sugandi, Conor Allyn
The action film BLOOD OF EAGLES follows the exploits of an elite army unit recruited to halt the construction of an enemy's key airfield. The cast includes Doni Alamsyah, Ario Bayu and Atiqah Hasiholan.

Director: Sam Ditore
COOPER & THE CASTLE HILLS GANG is an action-packed, family-friendly story that takes lead character "Cooper" on a quest to help Castle Hills' favorite grandpa, "Mr. Wilson," find something he has lost. The film's cast includes rising child star Kyle Kirk as Cooper and JB Edwards as Mr. Wilson.

Director: Anne Buford
From rural Senegal to American Prep schools, ELEVATE documents the basketball journey of four particularly tall African teenagers with NBA dreams.

Director: Gil Cates Jr.
Darkly comic LUCKY follows the journey of $36 million Iowan lottery winner Ben Keller as he follows his life-long crush, Lucy St Martin. But can all the money in the world compensate for the fact that Ben is a fledgling serial killer? Starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor and Ann-Margret.

MUMBAI DIARIES (Dhobi Ghat) (India)
Director: Kiran Rao
MUMBAI DIARIES is a drama following the intersecting lives of a collage of people, emotions and situations in the diverse city of Mumbai. The film stars Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar and Monica Dogra.

Directed by: Patrick Tourville
Patrick Tourville's documentary OK BUCKAROOS is the story of Jerry Jeff Walker, whose music has led him from the nation's biggest arenas to hundred-year old honky-tonks. Walker is an artist who has been a cog in the wheel of the recording industry's star-making machinery and an involuntary pioneer on the frontier of artistic independence. Among those appearing in the documentary are Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson.

Director: Calvin Lee Reeder
THE OREGONIAN follows the experiences of an Oregon woman who enters a nightmarish unknown after suffering a brutal car accident. The film stars Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Matt Olen and Lynne Compton.

Director: William Dear
THE PERFECT GAME is based on a true story about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series. The film stars Clifton Collins, Jr., Cheech Marin and Moises Arias.

Director: Eric Hueber
RAINBOWS END is a comedy that follows a band of native East Texas misfits West as they make a run at California gold. The cast includes William Neal Edwards III, Brian Birdwell and Legendary Stardust Cowboy.

Director: Dave Boyle
Directed by Dave Boyle, SURROGATE VALENTINE is about a San Francisco indie musician who lives a life on the road, navigating friendships and relationships. The film stars Goh Nakamura, Chadd Stoops and Lynn Chen.

Director: Rachel Shepherd
Traveling is a drama which follows the story of three people who have never really had a family that find that connection on a road trip to Austin. With one passenger just looking for a ride, another greatly needing a distraction, and the third looking for any kind of connection, they may or may not find what they need along the way. The cast includes Reece Rios, Melissa Odom and McKaley Miller.

Director: Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus
WILD HORSE, WILD RIDE follows a handful of unforgettable characters who set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition. This stunning documentary highlights the profound bond between people and animals.

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10 of the 12 movies are from the USA. How very.. international.


The DIFF needs to book more buzzed or interesting films, and I'm mainly going off what was offered last year coupled with these first new announcements. I Am Love was an exception last year and the DIFF deserves credit for it (and was one of the its earlier North American premieres) but smart bookings like that are rare. Some intelligent picks from last month's Sundance would be good or how about some 2010 Cannes, Venice, or Berlin leftovers that haven't seen a proper run here?


These, once again, sound mediocre. But, I said that last year. And we got Lemmy, sin Ella, thunder soul, and that awesome Korean actioner.


That picture has totally sold me on seeing Blood of Eagles. F'n RULES.


Does the Joule move mean they aren't using Mockingbird/Magnolia as movie central? I'll cry into my popcorn if they take it away from the Mag.


Will Hank Kingsley be here? My "Larry sanders season 1" could use a signature. One of the best shows of all time. I cried at the finale.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

They're using the Mag and the Angelikas, Dallas and Plano, this year.


Plano??? Why not call it the DFWIFF? Disgraceful.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Wow even the Popular Theater Kids can't please everyone .

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