Featured Flicks from Dallas Film

Dallas has a rich film history as a location, a source of compelling stories, and a hometown for talented filmmakers. We asked James Faust, Artistic Director of Dallas Film and the Dallas International Film Festival, for some recommendations of must-see Dallas-related films. From classics to indie releases, comedies to dramas, here are a few films to check out!

1985, directed by Yen Tan (2018)
Not rated, 85 minutes 
Genre/Themes: Drama, history, LGBTQ+ 
Available to stream on Amazon prime video 
Available to rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes

1985 from Dallas-based director Yen Tan tells the story of a closeted young gay man returning to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS epidemic. Shot in black and white, Tan’s film captures the sense of uncertainty and loss of the AIDS crisis through his main character’s experience reconnecting with family and friends in the face of his own diagnosis. 

The Night of the White Pants, directed by Amy Talkington (2006)
Rated R, 87 minutes
Genre/Themes: Comedy, Texas, family-dysfunction
Available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video

Dallas born and raised filmmaker Amy Talkington’s Night of the White Pants is an off-beat comedy made in Dallas starring Tom Wilkinson, Nich Stahl, Selma Blair, Janine Turner and Frances Fisher. Wilkinson shines as a man smack dab in the middle of losing his family, losing his wife, and losing his mind. This was Amy Talkington’s directorial debut. Her latest work includes writing and producing the new musical, Valley Girl and the hit Reese Witherspoon Hulu series, Little Fires Everywhere.  

Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn (1967)
Rated R, 111 minutes
Genre/Themes: Crime, classic, gritty 
Available to stream on HBOmax 
Available to rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes

In the world according to this 1967 classic, Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) turn to crime primarily because there’s nothing else to do to dispel the soul-dimming boredom of small-town life in Depression Era Texas. The movie vividly details the couple’s evolution from impulsive amateurs to fugitive killers—even after 50 years, the violent sequences still pack a potent punch—while firmly placing them in the context of their time, giving the audience a strong sense of the fear, loathing and star-worship they inspired among their contemporaries.

Jules of Light and Dark, directed by Daniel Laabs (2018)
Not rated, 85 minutes 
Genre/Themes: drama, romance, LGBTQ+ 
Available to rent or buy on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes 

Dallas Filmmaker and DIFF Senior Programmer Daniel Laabs’ first feature solidly articulates the universality of queer loneliness and uncertainty across genders and generations. This amazing coming of age drama was shot and produced in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 


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