Craft Cocktails Texas and The Oak Cliff Film Festival Both Kick Off Tomorrow.
Just when you thought festival season had finally and mercifully come to its end, two more promising fests have popped up — and they're both set to take place this weekend, no less.
Yes, this weekend will boast twice the festival fun as both The Oak Cliff Film Festival and Craft Cocktails Texas make their bows tomorrow afternoon. But, make no mistake, just because these fest are young, that doesn't mean they don't have lofty goals.
The Oak Cliff Film Festival, for instance, hopes this weekend to firmly place Dallas' burgeoning film scene on the map. And already, the folks behind the Texas edition of The New York Times (read: the editorial staff of Texas Monthly), are biting on the concept: About a week back, the paper ran a glowing profile of the folks behind the festival's inaugural run — people locals may know better as the four-man team behind the Texas Theatre's reboot.
Utilizing their own space at the picture house where Oswald was caught, as well as a bevy of other, nontraditional spaces (El SIbil, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas Zoo), festival organizers will be honoring well-known films (see: Fantastic Mr. Fox), undiscovered gems, short films and, in perhaps their most inspired turn, the best of the locally produced music video crop.
Like their counterparts at the film festival, the folks behind Craft Cocktails Texas hope to shed a light on the region's brightest stars of its industry. However, unlike their film-adoring counterparts, CCTX aims to put a spotlight on cocktail enthusiasts from around the state with music-backed events at spots such as the Stoneleigh Hotel and Main Street Gardens Park.
There will be drink-making competitions, spirit seminars, tastings and, surely, enough booze to make you forget that you ever attended this thing in the first place.
Happy festing, everyone.