The Dallas International Film Festival plans to party like it's 1967.
This year's fest, which runs March 30-April 9, will include a festival-long tribute to the movies of 50 years ago. The year, a turning point for a film industry undergoing rapid change, was detailed in Mark Harris' fine book Pictures at a Revolution. DIFF's tribute will include an opening night screening of Bonnie and Clyde, with an introduction by screenwriter and local light Robert Benton. Benton will be the guest of honor at the Dallas Film Society's Art of Film dinner the night before.
Other festival highlights include:
• Patty Cake$, a Sundance favorite about a plus-size New Jersey girl who finds her voice as a rapper.
• The world premiere of Bomb City, a crime drama about a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town.
• A tribute to Richardson's David Gordon Green, who will attend a screening of his pothead action movie Pineapple Express.
• A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as the groundbreaking poet Emily Dickinson.
The other films included in the 1967 tribute are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, David Holzman's Diary (featuring late Dallasite L.M. "Kit" Carson), Camelot, Cool Hand Luke, The Jungle Book and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Check dallasfilm.org for more information in the coming days.