OAK CLIFF, TX- June 6-9 is reserved for the second annual Oak Cliff Film Festival. Activities take place in the Bishop Arts District. The majority of films are shown at the historic Texas Theatre on Jefferson Blvd.
The theater itself is considered a historical landmark. Billionaire Howard Hughes once owned it. On Nov. 22, 1963, it became the last place Lee Harvey Oswald enjoyed a few minutes of freedom before he was arrested after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The Texas Theatre and the Oak Cliff Film Festival have gained popularity for bringing rare 35mm prints, cult classics, fresh independent films and helping nourish the emerging cultural interest in South Dallas. It is also a place where filmmakers and enthusiasts gather to drink and talk about the industry.
This year, festival programmers brought the narrative “Drinking Buddies” and the documentary “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” as the opening night films.
Director, and Dallas native, David Lowery presented the 1971 Robert Altman film “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” Lowery also announced a “secret screening” of his latest, and critically acclaimed film, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster. Lowery said the Oak Cliff Film Festival was the first time the film was shown to a Texas audience.
Some films were presented at the Bishop Arts Theater. Director Geoff Marslett screened and described what it was like working on his film “Loves Her Gun.”
But not all activities were film related. Saturday afternoon, the festival hosted a bike ride treasure hunt. The bikers gathered at the Texas Theatre and were given maps and clues to places throughout the Bishop Arts District.
The festival closes Sunday night with an awards ceremony and the film “Willow Creek,” with director Bobcat Goldthwait in attendance.