Unfair Park sneaks us the first 15 films announced to screen at the third annual AFI Dallas International Film Festival. This year, the fest will be held from March 26 through April 2, primarily at AMC NorthPark, and will feature three world premieres and three U.S. premieres, as well as gems from Sundance.
Of the U.S. premieres most notable: Gigantic, starring Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, the young Conor Oberst look-alike in Little Miss Sunshine) as a mattress salesman who sets out to adopt a Chinese baby but gets distracted by a foxy female customer (Zooey Deschanel) from his store.
Other noteworthy films announced include Moon, starring Sam Rockwell in a 2001: A Space Odyssey-type situation, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, which may be the first play within a film to combine zombies and Shakespeare.
Apparently, Target will not be backing the festival again this year. Instead, NorthPark has taken presenting sponsorship duties with Victory Park reprising its role as founding sponsor. We'll see how the all-local (and possibly deflated) backing serves the fest as more news surfaces.