Dallas International Film Festival Releases Full List of Titles, To Fete Director Steve James

Being Elmo is DIFF's Opening Night offering
The South by Southwest Film Festival is still underway down in Austin; awards won't even be doled out till tomorrow night. But moments ago, the Dallas International Film Festival -- which has already named a few films, not to mention Star Award recipient Ann-Margret -- released its complete list of titles in advance of its March 31 opening night, with previously announced Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (a Sundance and SXSW screener) down as the kick-off film. And Hoop Dreams's director Steve James will also come to town to get a Star Award, as well as screen his film The Interrupters.

The full list follows, and for locals, notable among the titles is, as expected, Clay Liford's shot-at-Garland High WUSS, a pitch-black comedy(ish) about a teacher who exacts his revenge upon a student who bullies him that had its world premiere in Austin over the weekend. Also playing the fest: the Russell Brand-starring remake of Arthur, Ironclad with Paul Giamatti, Miranda July's well-received The Future, Morgan Spurlock's The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, docs about Norman Mailer and The New York Times and John Mellencamp, and ... Hook. Jump for the whole release. DALLAS International Film Festival 2011 Announces Honoree & Full Schedule

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I called WUSS at DIFF like 2 press releases ago. Knew there wasn't anything super special going on about it. Festival programmers promise and lie like crazy. Still gotta see it for the cameo-ish part of Buster Bluth (if what I'm hearing is true about size).

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