Sixth Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival Lands Local Premiere Of Dallas Director David Lowery’s Irving-Shot Latest, Texas Premiere Of Visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry.

A month out from the start of its three-day run, the best film festival in North Texas has announced the lineup for its sixth annual offering. And it’s a doozy.

Highlighting the festival’s just-announced spate of 25 films are the local premiere of Dallas director David Lowery’s highly anticipated, Irving-shot A Ghost Story and the Texas premiere of Endless Poetry, the latest creation from visionary director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre).

The inclusion of A Ghost Story is perhaps to have been expected. Lowery is a frequent collaborator of the Aviation Cinemas team behind the Texas Theatre and OCFF, and he shared a trailer of his Pete’s Dragon remake for Disney at last year’s fest while presenting a free outdoor screening of Flight of the Navigator. Still, it’s a helluva coup, given that Lowery’s production partner, Toby Halbrooks, tells us that the love- and grief-centric A Ghost Story, which finds this Dallas-based filmmaking team again collaborating with their Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, is “the best movie we’ve ever made.”

The inclusion of Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry is just as exciting, though, with the 88-year-old director’s son Adan Jodorowsky attending the screening for a Q&A and a post-show performance via his music alter ego, Adanowsky.

Of course, these two offerings are but a tip of the festival’s iceberg. Tickets to this year’s event run $11.50 for individual screenings, $35 for bundles of four screenings or $175 for VIP passes that offer entry to all screenings, all parties, all music performances and more. Purchase your tickets here, and check out the full schedule of events here.

Scan the festival’s own descriptions of all 25 films it’s screening below.

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LEMON (USA, 90 mins)
Dir. Janicza Bravo
Drama teacher Isaac Lachmann (Brett Gelman), a tall, balding man of extreme moods, is argumentative with everyone except for one student, Alex (Michael Cera). Willing to debase himself to get any kind of job in TV commercials, Isaac lets his relationship with longtime girlfriend, Ramona (Judy Greer), a blind woman, fall to pieces. In her directorial debut, Janicza Bravo displays an impressive sense of composition, timing, and humor wrapped in absurdist comedy.
Filmmaker Janicza Bravo and writer/star Brett Gelman in attendance
A GHOST STORY (USA, 87 mins)
Dir. David Lowery
With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal.
Filmmaker David Lowery in attendance. Producers Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, and Adam Donaghey in attendance
ASSHOLES (USA, 75 mins)
Dir. Peter Vack
Adah and Aaron are recovering addicts who are struggling to stay sober. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest assholes in New York City. Literally. Writer/Director Peter Vack makes his feature directorial debut with an undeniably special, WTF film, that will have you cry-laughing-nauseated.
Director Peter Vack in attendance
Preceded by CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (USA, 15 mins)
Alex Ross Perry’s (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth) fifth feature is an intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl (Emily Browning) spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides. With an ensemble cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Adam Horovitz and Mary-Louise Parker, GOLDEN EXITS is a finely tuned, unhurried examination of characters in stasis.


Dir. Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein
Co-directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein’s feature length debut stems from a short by the same name, following the mysterious events of two alleged brothers as they travel across a remote, American landscape. Along the way, questions arise as to the nature of the relationship between the two drifters, as what first seems an innocuous vacation, slowly burns, giving way to a much more complicated and darker truth. Atmospheric and heady, THE STRANGE ONES focuses on isolation and dissonance, while presenting hints at the supernatural and ambiguous nature of two wanderers hiding from something in their past.
LUCKY (USA, 88 mins)
Dir. John Carroll Lynch
Does legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton play himself in this pseudo comedy western about a 90 year-old cowboy who can’t figure out how he’s still alive? Probably. The film also features great turns by Ron Livingston and Tom Skerrit, as well as David Lynch as an old bar friend who just want’s to find his pet tortoise.
Producer John Lang in attendance
Dir. Bob Byington
Owing to a genetic mix-up involving stem cell research, the recently founded company Infinity Baby, run by the garrulous Neo (Nick Offerman), is able to offer a service for aspiring parents who never want to leave the baby bubble: infants that do not age. Ben (Kieran Culkin), a serial monogamist who says he wants to find the right woman, but is always looking for the next one, and his competent pals Larry (Kevin Corrigan) and Malcolm (Martin Starr), are hired to market the service to those keen to nurture. Does having a baby automatically confer some level of maturity? Will Ben’s mom, the sarcastic and demanding Hester (Megan Mullally), approve of Ben’s new girlfriend (Trieste Dunn)? Will Malcolm recover from a disastrous accident with kitchen cleaner? The answers to these questions and more await in Byington’s heady and hilarious potpourri.
Director Bob Byington in attendance
LA BARRACUDA (USA, 100 mins)
Dir. Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund
A young British woman named Sinaloa comes to Texas to find Merle (Allison Tolman), her half-sister by way of their dead country musician father. And while the family music legacy brought this stranger to town, darker motives are woven into the songs she sings, showing glimpses of a violent rage that’s been building for years. LA BARRACUDA is a subtle, creeping thriller with a good dose of country music.
Filmmakers Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin in attendance
Dir. Ronnie Garza and Charlie Vela
An overlooked part of America, the Rio Grande “Magic Valley” boasts one of its most eclectic music scenes. From 1960’s garage rockers, to Tejano punks wearing lucha libre masks, and everything in between, the area has served as a melting pot over the years – not just for different genres, but for Mexican and Texan cultures. Covering four generations worth of music history through testimonials and archival footage, AS I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY champions the do-it-yourself spirit and finding your voice.
Dir. Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor, and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden: to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.
Dir. Mike Ott
Filmmaker Mike Ott (Lake Los Angeles, Littlerock) follows a rag-tag ensemble of small-time underachievers whose shared, cherished fantasy of making it in the movies gets them up in the morning, but not much further than that. Blurring the line between simulated vérité and authentic observation, it’s often impossible to tell whether those on camera are playing themselves, simply being themselves or a combination of the two. Throw in Mike Gioulakis’ (It Follows) serenely gorgeous cinematography and you’re in for both a beautiful and perplexing experience.
Dir. Jamie Meltzer
There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas started by Johnnie Lindsey, Christopher Scott, and Steven Phillips, who have decades in prison between them. Now exonerated, the trio has formed their own pseudo-detective agency that frees innocent people from behind bars. The cases they pursue resemble their own: the sort of cases that the justice system should backstop, but usually does not. Taking viewers into the real-life crime drama that surrounds these imperfect freedom fighters on their quest for justice, TRUE CONVICTION highlights the importance of asking the questions that bureaucracy does not.
The men of TRUE CONVICTION – Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey & Steven Phillips in attendance
Dir.Jem Cohen
Jem Cohen, best known as the filmmaker behind the Fugazi document Instrument and the elegiac Museum Hours, brings us a new anti-documentary film in WORLD WITHOUT END. Cohen travels to a sea village near London to interview locals and survey the land. As per his Viennale statement, “I embraced the chance encounter and rejected the very idea of the definitive.  What I discovered is that the estuary and its insistent tides brought in not only nature and history, but prize-winning Indian curries, an encyclopedic universe of hats, and a nearly lost world of proto-punk music.”
ENDLESS POETRY (Chile, 122 mins)
Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s films are like no one else’s. The 88 year-old Chilean maestro sends perhaps his most autobiographical film to OCFF as a continuation piece to 2014’s Dance of Reality. The film stars two of Alejandro’s sons, Brontis Jodorowsky and Adan Jodorowsky (who also composed the score), as father and son; sometimes Alejandro himself breaks the fourth wall and enters the family within the film as well. (Don’t worry it will all make sense once you lick that Aztec frog.)
Composer and Lead actor Adan Jodorowsky in attendance
68 KILL (USA, 93 mins)
Dir.Trent Haaga
Ex Troma screenwriting hero Trent Haaga comes out swinging hard in his sophomore directorial effort.  Lead actor Matthew Gray Gubler (“Intern” from A Life Aquatic) throws everything into hyper-drive in this punk-rock after-hours epic bloodbath about femininity, masculinity, and the theft of $68,000.
Dir. Jeff Baena
A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages. Yet another scene-stealing performance from Aubrey Plaza will quench the thirsts of the faithful, Ablessed ensemble cast, including Alison Brie, whose turn as a nun feels ordained, fills out this entertaining medieval romp with foul mouthed nuns. If you wanted an absurdist version of The Witch, this will work just fine for you.
Short Synopsis: A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the middle ages.
Filmmaker Jeff Baena in attendance
PORTO (USA/ Portugal, 76 mins)
Dir. Gabe Klinger
Gabe Klinger’s PORTO brings a new style and sensibility to the American-meets-a-pretty-girl-in Europe genre. Lensed by Wyatt Garfield, the film uses mixed films stocks and aspects via Super 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm to present a certain melancholy, lived-in feel and one of the last on-screen roles from Anton Yelchin.
DFW PREMIERE – Presented on 35mm
Filmmaker Gabe Klinger in attendance
Dir. Dustin Guy Defa
Bene hosted a party at his place last night, and this morning, there’s a stranger passed out on his floor who won’t leave. This is NYC, so Bene isn’t the only character grappling with the mundanity of life. An ensemble cast of Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins, and Bene Coopersmith together depict a group of New York oddballs – a reserved apartment dweller, an impassioned record collector, and a field reporter on her first day of work, among others –  over the course of one day. Their stories don’t necessarily intersect, but it’s their experience of the city that ties them together.
Producers Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston in attendance
Dir. Albert Serra
The annual OCFF “Sunday Slow-Core” returns with French King Louis XIV (played to perfection by Jean-Pierre Léaud – the kid from 1959’s The 400 Blows!) wearing a wig and surrounded by servants who just want him to eat an egg.  Candlelit Cinematography: Check; One Epic Dolly Shot with equally Epic Music Cue:  Check; Crying out in the night for water: Check; Bloodletting and other questionable medical practices: Check. Nursing your hangover with the depiction of the laborious, painful death of an elderly king: Check!
THE CHALLENGE (FRANCE/ITALY, Arabic language, 70 mins)
Dir.Yuri Ancarani
Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West, it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. The spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle, is captured grace of three years of field observation. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend,” in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images. Also one of the shieks owns a well behaved cheetah and an impractical Lamborghini.
Dir. Kevin Phillips
Best friends Zach and Josh are like any other teenagers growing up in mid-’90s suburbia. They lead normal lives that revolve around high school, their crushes on the same girl, and loitering about town. When an afternoon in the park takes a grave turn, however, the boys try to pretend as though nothing has happened. The guilt soon starts to eat away at Zach as he is caught between nightmares and an increasing paranoia that Josh is no longer the same.
SCARRED HEARTS (Romania, 141 mins)
Dir. Radu Jude
Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, spends his days at a sanatorium suffering from bone tuberculosis. He narrates his and his fellow patients’ attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly wither, but their minds refuse to give in. SCARRED HEARTS is a dark and sometimes silly comedy inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher’s 1937 book about love, terminal illness, and how to sometimes look on the bright side of life. Shot on 35mm in a 1.37 Academy ratio with bright colors and gorgeously framed static shots, the film presents a stylized window in the past. An art film with many rewards for the patient moviegoer, or as The Hollywood Reporter recently warned, “beyond a tough sell.”
A LIFE IN WAVES (USA, 74 mins)
Dir. Bret Whitcomb
“I wanted technology to be sensual, that was always my directive.” Early synth music pioneer Suzanne Ciani was behind some of the most innovative sounds and jingles of the 70s and 80s, including spots for Atari and Coca-Cola and multiple soundtracks. A LIFE IN WAVES utilizes a wealth of archival footage from Suzanne’s endless catalog of music. It’s a compelling look at one woman’s ability to break into a mostly male-dominated field, against all odds.
Director Bret Whitcomb in attendance
SANTA SANGRE (1989)  (MEXICO, ITALY, 123 mins)
Dir.Alejandro Jodorowsky
In SANTE SANGRE, the traumatized son of a circus knife thrower and a trapeze artist bond grotesquely with his now-armless mother.  The movie is often considered Jodorowsky’s most accessible and, although many Jodorowsky films defy easy categorization, the film has found a life as a cult horror film. Roger Ebert said of SANTA SANGRE: “It is a horror film, one of the greatest, I am reminded by Alejandro Jodorowsky that true psychic horror is possible on the screen – horror, poetry, surrealism, psychological pain and wicked humor, all at once”.  The film stars Alejandros’s sons Axel Jodorowsky and, in his first on-screen performance, Adan Jodorowsky, as the young son who would grow up to be insane.
Actor Adan Jodorowsky in attendance
SOMETHING WILD (1986) (USA, 114 mins)
Dir.Jonathan Demme
The uneventful life of a the businessman Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) suddenly changes when he meets the wild and sexy Lulu (Melanie Griffith). But, the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband (Ray Liotta) shows up. An unbridled Jonathan Demme effortlessly weaves a slapstick tone with unflinching drama. Part romance, part road movie, part blood-spattered drama, “it’s a schizophrenic movie,” Mr. Demme has said, “a screwball comedy that turns into a film noir, as life itself does.”


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