From this attendee’s perspective, the first Oak Cliff Film Festival looked and felt like a success. From the Friday night mixing and mingling of out-of-state and local film-makers and fans at the lawn party at Turner House to the enthusiastic crowd Saturday night at the Texas Theater for “Love and a .45” to the innovative (and slightly retro) music videos at El Sibil to the standing-room-only crowd for short films on Sunday at the Kessler, the energy was ever-present. The crowd at the Kessler was particularly raucous as it applauded local Oak Cliff icons Kirby Warnock (showing his “When Dallas Rocked”) and Jason Roberts (starring in “The Better Block”). TECO Theater, the Belmont Hotel, Oil and Cotton and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center also hosted events and attendees have been complimentary in their comments about events there. OC restaurants were the beneficaries of some added business and I know the bars at the Texas Theater and Kessler were hopping. I hope the promoters of this Festival are happy with the results.
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