The Dallas International Film Festival starts Thursday, and several local filmmakers have flicks in the fest.

Lakewood resident Chris Howell’s feature Sweet Science follows the Oak Cliff Boxing Club and took eight years to make. It’s debuting at the festival.

And Clay Liford, who lives in Exposition Park and has a studio in Oak Cliff, has a new feature, Earthling, which debuted at SXSW.

Skateland was shot in East Texas and features Lakewood teen actress Caroline Horn.

There’s also a showcase of short films from students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

I’m excited about American: The Bill Hicks Story, a biopic about the Texas-born comic, which debuted at SXSW last month. And Carried Away is a Texas-made film that’s highly acclaimed.

This one has to be entertaining: Doc Ellis and the LSD No-No. Ellis is the only pitcher in Major League Baseball known to throw a no-hitter while high on LSD.

It’s a good chance to check out some of these movies and lots of others. Here is the full listing.