Dallas International Film Festival Releases First 10 Movies

Posted by    |    March 7th, 2013 at 11:50 am

With festival season nearly upon us, it’s finally time to start anticipating the Dallas IFF in April. The annual festival brings big mud moviestars and noteworthy films allowing both the works and the city of Dallas to shine. A lot of the details for this year’s festival have been kept under wraps, but the Dallas International Film Society recently released the first 10 films chosen for the 7th annual DIFF. This is just a small sampling of the approximately 180 films that will be shown at the 11-day festival.

The first few films come from all around the world; from Texas to Canada, Africa to France, it’s quite the international offering!

What we’re excited about:

Buck Wild (USA)

Thankfully this has nothing to do with MTV, but it does have to do with a hunting trip, and eccentric New York gang bangers, and a seductress (prostitute?) named Candy, and zombies. It’s set in Texas, so get excited.

Jump (Ireland)

This film probably spoke to the 20-something girl in me, as it is about 20-somethings, fate, and New Year’s Eve. I love intersecting lives plots. I’m not really sure where their shared connection to a crime boss will fit in, but that’s why I’m excited about it!

Mud (USA)

Also set in Texas, this is the one with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. McConaughey has done an excellent job of choosing his movie roles in the past couple of years (the years after Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), and we’re thinking Mud will be no exception.

Stacker (USA)

The people that stack those cups at lightening speeds are as intriguing to me as the people who can inhale 50 hotdogs in about second; which is to say, very intriguing. 

Here is the full press release:


Director:  Tyler Glodt

Set in Texas, BUCK WILD follows four friends whose hunting trip goes horribly, gruesomely awry after they accidentally shoot the deer lease’s owner. While covering their tracks, the boys get into even more of a mess that includes conniving cops, eccentric New York gang bangers, a seductress named Candy and a growing plague of zombies.



Director:  Matt Johnson

After years of being picked on at school, best friends Matt and Owen decide to make a revenge fantasy movie about their bullies. But what starts out as a funny and creative way to cope with their daily abuse starts to become an actual plan for Matt who wants to make their lighthearted fiction into a violent reality.


Director:  Roger Ross Williams

GOD LOVES UGANDA reveals how various pastors and politicians, both in the US and abroad, are trying to convert Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity, complete with anti-gay views and policies. With so much of Uganda’s population under the age of 15, these influential powers are preaching to vulnerable minds with violent consequences. This film gives an enthralling look at a movement that is both a threat to human rights and a contradiction to the Christian message of love thy neighbor.


JUMP (Ireland)

Director: Kieron J. Walsh

JUMP follows the intersecting lives of four very different twenty-somethings as fate brings them together on New Year’s Eve. United by their connection to a crime boss and the disappearance of an innocent man, Greta, Pearse, Johnny and Marie are dangling on the edge of legality and redemption, and their actions will have consequences for them all.



Director:  Jeff Nichols

MUD is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. MUD describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.




Director: Yen Tan

Filmed and set in Texas, PIT STOP paints a portrait of multiple lovers recovering from loss. After an affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the enduring love of his daughter and ex-wife, while on the other side of town, Ernesto spends his free time in the hospital caring for a past love trapped in a coma. This subtle and moving film captures the enduring hope of people temporarily stalled on the highway of life.


RENOIR (France)

Director: Gilles Bourdos

Set in the French Riviera during the summer of 1915, RENOIR paints a portrait of the last years in the life of famous impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. When the artist’s son Jean returns home after being wounded in World War I, he finds his father has a new muse, Andree. Her vibrant presence breathes new life into both men.


RISING FROM ASHES (USA/Rwanda/UK/South Africa)

Director: T.C. Johnstone

In RISING FROM THE ASHES, cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a rag tag group of cyclists pursue their dream of representing their country at the 2012 Olympics. Coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, the aspiring athletes are also survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Narrated by Forest Whitaker, this moving documentary shows how hope breaks away from sorrow.



Director: Jeremi Mattern

Begun in California in the early 1980s, competitive cup stacking is a lesser-known but growing sport. In STACKER, director Jeremi Mattern documents the fast-paced lives of young athletes as they train for and compete in the annual World Sport Stacking Championships in Denver, Colorado, with more than 300 competitors from across the globe battling it out in lightning-quick rounds with the odds quite literally stacked against them.

Passes and Tickets

DIFF passes are now on sale at the online Prekindle box office at www.DallasFilm.org and range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes:

  • All-access pass to all screenings
  • One invitation to the Opening Night Screening & Gala on April 4, 2013, subject to availability.
  • Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival
  • Access for one person to the Festival Lounge. (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol.)
  • Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions
  • Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise

Starting March 14, individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird station, and online at www.DallasFilm.org.

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Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark

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