In Growlersations’ 27th Episode, Dallas International Film Festival Artistic Director James Faust Shows Us How Well Beer Pairs Well With Film.

You have found Growlersations! A growler is a 64-oz. glass jug used for taking beer home from breweries, and  BrainDead Brewing’s Sam Wynne and Jeff Fryman like to sit down every week and crack open a couple of them with a different guest or two. Typically focusing on North Texas restaurant and bar industry veterans, the conversation always gets a little better after a growler or two has been mixed into it.

We’ve got beer, and we’re drinking it!

Yes, Growlersations is back! This week’s special guest is James Faust, the artistic director of the Dallas International Film Festival, the 2019 version of which kicks off today and runs through April 18.

With a degree from Texas Tech and a cinema studies degree from SMU, Faust is a Texas guy and a film guy, through and through. Better yet, he loves Dallas and beer!

So, yeah, we were excited to get a chance to sit down with him as he ramps up for the 13th annual DIFF. But, in addition to talking about the inner-workings of his job, his travels and has passions, we also dive into some additional topics — like our favorite films, how beer and wine compare, how difficult it is to be a cicerone and/or a sommelier, some slightly offensive yet funny movie scenes, and what it’s like to make a pact with a mythical being.

Faust also shared with us a few of his must-see picks for this year’s film fest — including This World Won’t Break, which he describes as a love letter to Dallas directed by Josh David Jordan.

Oh, and he also tells us that he definitely thinks he could beat up Steven Seagal.

Anyway, pour yourself a beer and listen in on our Growlersation with one of the city’s most prominent film and beer lovers. For his part, Faust seemed to enjoy it!

“This is kind of a dream come true,” he said early on in our chat. “Beer and film!”

Cheers to that!

No more articles