Oak Cliff Film Festival
“Oak Cliff has quickly become the most fun fest in Texas,” proclaims a panelist. “Sorry, SXSW.” An analog fest in the best sense of the word, OCFF was created to spotlight the burgeoning Dallas moviemaking community and to promote Oak Cliff’s rich history by utilizing Dallas venues such as the Texas Theatre (where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended after assassinating JFK). That theater is the principal location for the OCFF, and it projects in 16mm and 35mm. The OCFF’s proprietors have greeted almost all out-of-town moviemakers and jury members with airfare and free lodging. Says one panelist: “OCFF is filmmaker-run, champions top-notch work in a relaxed atmosphere, and feels connected to both its neighborhood and the nationwide film community, attracting an audience that skews younger and hipper than the aver- age general-interest fest.” This year’s edition included a rare screening of Yasujirō Ozu’s 1933 silent film Dragnet Girl with live musical accompaniment.