Five reasons to attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival this weekend

Last Night at the Alamo
Last Night at the Alamo

The fifth-annual Oak Cliff Film Festival kicks off Thursday night and runs through Sunday.

It’s one of the biggest events in our neighborhood, and it’s a way to catch a heck of a lot of culture in just a few days, all within biking distance of your house.

If that’s not enough, let us enumerate the reasons to attend the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

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MUSIC AND PARTIES

“Last Night at the Alamo” is the first film of the festival, and a Q&A with SXSW c0-founder Louis Black follows the film. There’s a “doomed cowboy” party after that, with DJ Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

“Los Punks,” a documentary about Hispanic punk rock in East Los Angeles, screens at the Wild Detectives at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. Afterward, there’s live music from Bender LocoXon, SERES and DJ set from Mutarrancho. It costs $5.

“Goodnight Brooklyn” is a documentary about the band Death by Audio. A Place to Bury Strangers follows the 10:45 p.m. screening at the Texas Theatre Friday.

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“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” closes out the festival at 8 p.m. Sunday, and DJ Gabriel and George Quartz perform a set afterward.

FREE EVENTS

College and high school students can register for this free filmmaking workshop from KD Conservatory.

Seed & Spark hosts a free panel on crowdfunding from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 18.

A panel of filmmakers and writers discusses music and film distribution from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday.

TEXAS FILMS AND FILMMAKERS

“Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston?” is an 18-minute documentary about the Austin-based musician and artist. It’s among the documentary short films that screen at the Kessler Theater starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

There’s the aforementioned “Last Night at the Alamo,” Eagle Pennell’s 1983 film about hanging out in a Houston dive bar the night before it’s demolished.

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“Badlands” plays at 7 p.m. Friday. It’s not set in Texas, but it does star Texan Sissy Spacek.

Texas filmmakers David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks host a screening of the 1986 so-bad-it’s-good Disney movie “Flight of the Navigator” at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

LATINO MOVIES

There’s “Los Punks,” as previously mentioned.

“Neon Bull” is a Brazilian feature film about young cowboys. Catch it at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

One of the student shorts playing at the Bishop Arts Theater Center at 7 p.m. Friday is “Piñatera Ramirez,” about a master piñata makers in Reynosa.

“Boniato” screens with the late-night shorts, 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Basement Gallery. It’s a narrative film about an illegal migrant worker who crosses the border to look for her father, and it has a supernatural twist.

“Dead Sites,” a short film about an artist who lays crosses where immigrants have died in the Sonoran desert, screens as part of the documentary shorts, 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kessler.

LGBTQ MOVIES

“Uncle Howard” is a documentary about documentary filmmaker Howard Brookner, who died of AIDS in 1989. It screens at the Texas Theatre Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

There are two short films about AIDS in America: “1985” screens as part of the narrative shorts 1 p.m Saturday at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center. “When AIDS Was Funny” is part of the documentary shorts 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kessler.

“Pronouns,” about a teenager from the south side of Chicago who decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance, also is in the narrative shorts Saturday.

“Hunky Dory” is a feature film about “a dive bar drag queen” who must look after his 11-year-old son after his ex disappears. It shows at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

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