Women Texas Film Festival 2018

August 15 - 19

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Women Texas Film Festival

NBC 5 invites you to experience the 2018 Women Texas Film Festival (WTxFF) August 15 through 19 at Studio Movie Grill’s Spring Valley location in Dallas. WTxFF will present the World Premiere of Amanda Kramer’s mind-bending film, PARIS WINDOW, as their Opening Night selection, with Jenn Wexler’s SXSW hit, THE RANGER, serving as the Closing Night selection. This year’s festival will showcase 10 feature-length films, and 25 short films.

The opening night is highlighted by the first World Premiere screening of a feature film at WTxFF on Wednesday, August 15, as the female-focused film festival continues to grow in influence and stature both in the city of Dallas, as well as nationally. WTxFF presents the debut of Amanda Kramer’s PARIS WINDOW, which follows the unusual relationship between a brother and sister influenced by infomercials who turn on each other as the sister begins dating a man who he believes looks exactly like him. The film blends the single set claustrophobia of Polanski’s REPULSION with the doppelgänger obsession of Dostoyevsky’s THE DOUBLE and the hallucinatory paranoia of Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME.

Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER will serve as the Closing Night selection on Saturday, August 18. WTxFF Founder and Artistic Director, Justina Walford, continues to put an emphasis on the truly fine work female filmmakers do when it comes to genre films. An ode to the 80s slasher, the film stars Chloe Levine of “The Defenders” as a punk girl with some unresolved issues in her past that may point the way to survival, as her fellow punks run afoul of a park ranger with some deadly methods in dealing with those that break the rules.

Film festival passes and tickets are on-sale now. VIP passes are $75 and allow access to all the films, parties, and events, and Student passes (including access to all WTxFF parties and events) are $65. Individual tickets are $11. For more information on the Women Texas Film Festival, go to www.WomenTxFF.org. To purchase passes or tickets to individual screenings, click here.

The 2018 Women Texas Film Festival official selections:

Opening Night Selection
PARIS WINDOW
Director: Amanda Kramer
Country: USA, Running Time: 83 minutes
Set entirely in the apartment of adult siblings Julian and Sunny, PARIS WINDOW follows the damaging effects of a series of hypnosis infomercials on the socially and emotionally stunted pair. With creeping intensity, the delusional and codependent brother and sister turn on each other as Julian believes something is afoul when Sunny begins dating a man who looks exactly like him.

Q&A with Amanda Kramer and Noel David Taylor to follow
Community Partner: Oak Cliff Film Festival


Closing Night Selection
THE RANGER
Director: Jenn Wexler
Country: USA, Running Time: 77 minutes
Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority - an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
Preceded by:
INAPPETENCE     
Director: Katarzyna Babicz    
Country: Poland, Running Time: 7 minutes
Under the influence of a weight loss substance, a young girl experiences delusions. Her body begins to change.

Community Partner: Cinestate/Fangoria, Bacon Samurai

ALASKA IS A DRAG    
Director: Shaz Bennett    
Country: USA, Running Time: 88 minutes    
This is a fish out of water story -- literally. Everyone who slices fish all day daydreams - his are just glamtastic. He's had to learn to fight to survive. And his boss who is also an amateur boxer takes note. When a new kid offers to be his sparring partner, he and his twin are forced to confront the real reason they’re stuck in fish guts. Starring Martin L Washington Jr with appearances by Margaret Cho and Jason Scott Lee.

Q&A with Shaz Bennett to follow
Community Partner: AGLIFF

BLACK HOLLER    
Director: Jason Berg; Writers: Heidi Ervin, Rachel Ward Heggen, Jason Berg     
Country: USA, Running Time: 93 minutes    
Street-smart Laquita Johnson has high hopes for a fresh start at her new school, but those hopes are halted when the dean forces her on a field trip with the cheese-loving, dim-witted students of “Archepology 101” led by the daffy Professor Thompson. On the bus, each 80s student archetype is in attendance, but once the group makes it to the haunted woods of Black Holler, roll call becomes impossible! The campers were warned that the woods were dangerous, but they were all too busy hooking up, drinking beer and eating cheese to get the message. With her classmates disappearing left and right and with everyone seemingly oblivious to the dangers around them, Laquita has to confront her troubled past in order to fulfill her destiny, escape the horrors of Black Holler, and save some of the students along the way.
Preceded by:
ALL SMILES         
Director: Samantha McDanel    
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 minutes
A dental assistant is afraid that a patient might bite off her finger.

Q&A with Heidi Ervin and Samantha McDanel to follow
Community Partners: Bacon Samurai, Dallas Comedy House


HILLBILLY
Directors: Ashley York, Sally Rubin
Country: USA, Running Time: 87 minutes
HILLIBLLY goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the film uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets and intersectional feminists -- all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.

Q&A with filmmaker (TBD) to follow
Community Partner: Dallas Video Fest/Docufest


LEZ BOMB    
Director: Jenna Laurenzo    
Country: USA, Running Time: 90 minutes    
LEZ BOMB is a multigenerational comedy of errors featuring a young woman (Lauren) who comes home for the holidays with some life-changing news. Little does Lauren know, the eccentric cast of characters have their own stirring surprises as well. The result is a hilarious turn of events forcing the family to come together in a ceremonious series of coincidences.  As it turns out, there is no good time to drop the Lez Bomb. Starring Academy Award Winner Cloris Leachman, Academy Nominated Bruce Dern, Emmy Award Winner Kevin Kane, and an ensemble cast that includes Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollack, Brandon Michael Hall, and brought to you by the producer of There’s Something about Mary and Dumb and Dumber, Bobby Farelly.

Q&A with Jenna Laurenzo to follow
Community Partner: AGLIFF, Women in Film Dallas


PAST IMPERFECT    
Director: Nathalie Teirlinck    
Country: Belgium, Running Time: 110 minutes    
When Alice’s ex-boyfriend dies in a car accident, she’s unexpectedly confronted with her six-year-old son, whom she had abandoned at birth. His presence not only threatens her routine existence as a luxury escort, but also exposes strongly suppressed emotions. Doubt strikes again. Will she be able to be a mother this time? Starring Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black).


RICH KIDS    
Director: Laura Somers
Country: USA, Running Time: 97 minutes    
A group of troubled teens from a low-income community break into “Los Ricos,” the local mansion with a border fence, and spend the day pretending to be rich in order to forget their difficult lives. RICH KIDS is a film that sympathetically views the modern day and ongoing challenges of economic disparities, gentrification, displacement and evictions faced through the lens of Latino and Afro-Latino American youth. At its heart, RICH KIDS is about a young man’s transformation from the person he thinks he's supposed to be into the person he really is, as he comes to terms with the realities and consequences of living in a community ravaged by the wealth gap and income inequality.

Q&A with Laura Somers and David Saldaña to follow.

THE REST I MAKE UP
Director: Michelle Memran
Countries: USA/Cuba, Running Time: 79 minutes
Maria Irene Fornes is "America's Great Unknown Playwright." When she stops writing due to dementia, a friendship with a young writer reignites her visionary creative spirit, triggering a film collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.

Community Partner: Unity of Dallas

WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD
Director: Kendall Goldberg
Country: USA, Running time: 93 minutes
When the manager of an old-school bowling alley discovers the owner's plans to sell, saving Winky's World means pulling himself out of the gutter, too. An endearing film about fighting for what you love starring Jon Heder (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE).


SHORTS PROGRAMS

SHORTS PROGRAM #1: HA HA BRUNCH
(TRT: 74 min)
Q&A with filmmakers (TBA) to follow
Community Partner: Women in Film Dallas, Dallas Comedy House

BITCH'S TIT     
Director: Sarah Grodsky    
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 minutes
Work. Music. Milestones. Shelby and Mo do everything together.

CIVIC DUTY    
Director: Sarah Adams
Country: USA, Running Time: 11 minutes    
Still working the local beat of her hometown newspaper, Kate Sutherland is married, pregnant, and really bored. All is unfortunately routine as she’s assigned to cover the last trial of Judge Budd, who’s presided over the town’s matters since before Katie was born. Katie just wants to count the minutes ‘til she can get a Diet Coke and go take a nap, but while she tries to stay as uninvolved as possible, the trial and the town have another plan for her.

FOXY TROT    
Director: Lisa Donato        
Country: USA, Running Time: 15 minutes    
A married couple unexpectedly faces their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons in a very heteronormative class.

MIXED SIGNALS    
Director: Tracie Laymon    
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 minutes
A man and a woman misunderstand each other.

PANIC ATTACK!    
Director: Eileen O'Meara    
Country: USA, Running Time: 3 minutes    
You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn into "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

SCATTERED    
Director: Ellie Harvie    
Country: Canada, Running Time: 10 minutes    
Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend's ashes and fumble for a way to say good bye.

SLEEPOVER    
Director: Susan Busa    
Country: USA, Running Time: 5 minutes    
When a middle-aged woman spends the entire night with her lover for the first time, she gets to know him in the most unexpected way, after he falls asleep.

THE DOOR    
Director: Nathan Guerra    
Country: USA, Running Time: 6 minutes    
Two women face off against what could quite possibly be the end of the world...or not.

THE FINAL SHOW    
Director: Dana Nachman    
Country: USA, Running Time: 10 minutes    
A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.


SHORT’S PROGRAM #2: WOMEN
(TRT: 87 min)
Q&A with filmmakers (TBA) to follow

DOG YEARS    
Director: Tyler Russell    
Country: USA, Running Time: 5 minutes
An old dog does what he can to shelter a little girl during the darkest moments of her life.

EUDAEMONIA    
Director: Julia Ngeow    
Country: USA, Running Time: 15 minutes
A talkative Australian traveler and a reclusive artist form an unlikely bond after an accidental 'break and enter' in Brooklyn.

SEASON OF PASSAGE    
Director: Catherine Cobb Ryan    
Country: USA, Running Time: 14 minutes
Mother to a middle-schooler, Cate has suffered secondary infertility for years--and now finds herself pregnant again. Having long given up on her dream of having another child, she grapples with this new hope. But when Cate suffers a miscarriage, she finds herself in the shoes of countless women, silently grieving a life that will never be.

WHAT HAPPENED TO EVIE    
Director: Kate Cheeseman    
Country: UK, Running Time: 11 minutes
A girl’s fractured memories distort the truth of a sexual assault in this multi-layered thriller.

WILLOW     
Director: Suzanne Racz    
Country: USA, Running Time: 15 minutes    
As young Willow’s discordant childhood unfurls, she is carried from home to home by her restless and spirited mother. Her early fixation on Bunny initially allows her to find a refuge among the chaos. As she grows and faces a life on her own, her sanctuary becomes an insulation from the outside world. When the opportunity to break free from her self- created confines presents itself, Willow reconciles a connection to her past and takes a leap, finding a place to be comfortable in her own skin.

WILLOW CREEK ROAD    
Director: Francesca Mirabella
Country: USA, Running Time: 16 minutes    
Big Sky Grant recipient WILLOW CREEK ROAD explores the internal world of a lonely, Montana ranch hand, Ruth. When Ruth is unexpectedly drawn into the lives of two children, she slowly assumes the role of a mother; awakening a sense of play, femininity, protection and connection. Ruth must face reality, and ultimately herself, when the kids' mother returns home. The external character of Montana mirrors Ruth's emotional arc throughout the course of the film.

WORK    
Director: Sam Griffith    
Country: USA, Running Time: 11 minutes
A young mom questions her choices and identity while raising her daughter on a farm.

SHORTS PROGRAM #3: GRIT
(TRT: 90 min)
Q&A with filmmakers (TBA) to follow

BAD THINGS    
Director: Mira K. Lippold-Johnson    
Country: USA, Running Time: 23 minutes    
When her older sister gets suspended, an eight-year-old girl on scholarship at an elite private school starts to lose faith in the idea that hard work is all it takes to get ahead.

CONTROL    
Director: Kimmy Gatewood    
Country: USA, Running Time: 14 minutes    
In this shockingly dark but utterly poignant comedy from Alison Becker and Kimmy Gatewood, a depressed woman contemplates ending her life, if she could just get everything in order first.

GREEN SHOES    
Director: Justin Giegerich    
Country: USA, Running Time: 20 minutes    
In 1960s suburbia, a 14-year-old girl befriends a 47-year-old man to cope with the knowledge of her father’s affairs. The man, a WWII veteran, has developed an obsession with innocence after experiencing the horrors of the war. After being coerced into making the relationship sexual, the girl mistakes her feelings for love, and becomes obsessed with the man -- who is no longer interested.

SKINNY    
Directors: Arianne Martin, Natalie Dickinson     
Country: USA, Running Time: 9 minutes    
A mentally unstable anorexic loses her grip on recovery.

THE OTHER HAND    
Director: Rachel Woods-Oshiro    
Country: USA, Running Time: 13 minutes    
This supernatural horror project features the reunion of two estranged women unknowingly plagued by demons inside and out. Absorbing and sinister, THE OTHER HAND exploits the innate human fear of feeling out of control, and what might be making your choices when you aren't.

WHO DECIDES    
Director: Mylissa Fitzsimmons    
Country: USA, Running Time: 8 minutes    
Death can no longer be denied. A sick woman and a young girl engage in a discussion about who decides when it's your time to die.

WOMEN SHOULD    
Director: Vanita Shastry    
Country: USA, Running Time: 3 minutes    
Featuring the powerful and derisive words of iconographic writer May Swenson, this 'cinematic poem' follows a woman as she attempts to go through her daily makeup routine, unaware of an ominous presence that threatens to strip away her own humanity.

ABOUT WOMEN TEXAS FILM FESTIVAL
Women Texas Film Festival (WTxFF) promotes established and emerging female storytellers in film, TV, and VR, celebrating the grit and range of women's voices. WTxFF screens qualified films that have women in at least one key creative role: writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor, or composer. WTxFF also organizes a host of activities during the film festival as well as year-round focused on the craft and artistry of filmmaking, including moderated Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, networking events, and a gala night with filmmakers featured on the red carpet. For more information about Women Texas Film Festival, visit www.WomenTxFF.org.

Women Texas Film Festival 2018

August 15 - 19
Studio Movie Grill
13933 N. Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75243
www.WomenTxFF.org

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