Dallas Film Society Honors
David Holzman's Diary

Jim McBride’s mockumentary, which appears quite real on the surface, revolves around a young man in the process of making a film about his everyday life, and discovering something important about himself and his reality along the way. Spiritual forebear to the contemporary low-budget American independent film movement, the film is a detailed portrait of the specific time and place geographically known as New York City in the summer of 1967, and psychically felt as that morass of fraught concepts, idealisms, and dogma we call the Sixties.

Made for less than $3000 over 5 days of principal photography, DAVID HOLZMAN’S DIARY manages to be twenty years ahead of its time and perfectly of its time.


In the wake of his big brother’s violent death, 13-year-old Dayveon (Devin Blackmon) struggles to find his way in an economically depressed Arkansas town. With no parents and few role models around, Dayveon is soon torn between the lure of a local gang and the friendship of his sister’s boyfriend, who reluctantly acts as a father figure. Amman Abbasi’s remarkable debut feature is a lyrical slice of Southern life with an uncanny feeling for the rhythms of rural existence.


Richard Turner is one of the world’s greatest card magicians. He also happens to be blind. In DEALT, we watch as Turner wows audiences at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and practices diligently throughout his daily life. He travels the world showing his card tricks, often with his supportive family by his side. Turner struggles with his dependency and wants to earn respect for this great skill without the recognition of his disability. His pursuit of perfection is endless. Director Luke Korem returns to DIFF with a documentary that shows how our weaknesses may actually be our greatest strengths.

DEALT: Documentary Feature Audience Award Winner

Audience members cast ballots for best Documentary Feature after screenings. The 2017 Dallas International Film Festival Audience Awards are Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation.

Dear Mr. Shakespeare

An exploration of Shakespeare's intentions when writing Othello delves into the play's racial themes in historical and contemporary settings, while drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

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