The roots of the storied New Hollywood Era can be traced back to 1967, the landmark year when young mavericks and seasoned professionals fired their opening salvos in a groundbreaking, trendsetting revolution that continues to inspire contemporary filmmakers. Movies as diverse as BONNIE AND CLYDE and COOL HAND LUKE boldly challenged the restraints of the increasingly irrelevant Production Code, while even GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, an old-fashioned concoction starring living legends Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, explicitly acknowledged that times were indeed a-changing.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that wonderful year, the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival offers a special 1967 retrospective program, including this panel discussion on the greatest year in cinema history!
Do you remember picking up a Highlights magazine as a kid? 44 PAGES reveals the rich history of Highlights and the thoughtfulness that is put into each element of the magazine. Working out of an old home in the small town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the Highlights team is genuine and passionate about their work. Since the magazine’s inception, family dynamics, technology and education have changed greatly. The team shares the struggles of keeping Highlights relevant and modern for children today.
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL chronicles the legal struggles of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small, family-run Manhattan bank. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces Abacus Founder Thomas Sung and his family to defend themselves and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community. Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the five-year legal battle of the Sung family as they fight to save their business and clear their name.
Austin Film Society’s Artist Services Manager, Iliana Sosa takes filmmakers through the application process to obtain a film grant from the Austin Film Society, which awards over $100,000 annually to independent filmmakers residing in Texas. The following AFS Award-Winning Short Films will also be shown during the seminar:
BAD IDEA GONE WRONG is a comedy about two would-be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. When they discover an unexpected house-sitter, they suddenly have to deal with a hostage situation, double crosses, sexual tensions, and discoveries that make their difficult escape even more dubious.