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DIFF 2013 Includes Fellini Fame, Texas Gems and Indie Film's Hottest Stars


The following story ran in the March 12, 2013, edition of the Dallas Observer Mixmaster blog. Lisa Kaselak is an assistant professor at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts.

March 15, 2013

The full list is posted, and it includes an earlier teased category of Italian films. In that showcase you'll get a dusting off of two classics, Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful and Fellini's 8 1/2, along with three newbies.

Probably the buzziest film In the Texas Competition comes from Austin Filmmaker Sean H.A. Gallagher, who brings an unlikely conversation about living to the story's surface in Good Night. Shot almost entirely around the capitol, its cast includes Girls and Tiny Furniture co-star, the unlikely indie heartthrob Alex Karpovsky. Another example of central Texas weird comes in the form of Bryan Poyser's latest, The Bounceback; a story of rebound romance and psychically-linked climax staged at Austin's annual Air Sex competition.

There's a world premiere screening of Rushlights by Antoni Stutz, starring Beau Bridges. (Man, what's he been up to since Stargate?) Set in the Hill Country, we'll see This is Where We Live, the debut film for two-parter talents Josh Barrett and Marc Manchaca.

Assistant Professor at SMU's Meadows School, our own Lisa Kaselak has a world premiere in Tomlinson Hill, her documentary about the legacy of class divide in Marlin, Texas. She's not the only bit of local flavor in the group: The Dallas Reel's Clay Luther will present his newest effort Cry, which puts Matthew Posey on the big screen alongside Sordid Lives' writer/actor Del Shores. And of course, we get a little hit of Big D with Pit Stop, Yen Tan's newest work out of Austin that got a producing leg-up by our own Eric Steele. ...