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Dev is the CEO and head of production at Selig Polyscope Company. He is also the technical brains behind Selig Film News. Often compared to Irving Thalberg he is a film historian and a Bollywood movie poster collector.

Full Festival Lineup For The 2017 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society today announced the full schedule of film selections for the 11th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival. The Opening Weekend Celebration at the Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street) on March 30-April 2, will be headlined by a special 50th Anniversary Gala presentation of the groundbreaking classic, BONNIE AND CLYDE. Centerpiece Gala presentations include the Sundance hits, Brett Haley’s THE HERO and Mark Palansky’s REMEMORY, and DIFF alum David Gordon Green will be the recipient of this year’s L.M. “Kit” Carson Maverick Award. Among the 122 films (75 features, 47 shorts), representing 31 countries, are four films making world premieres, including Craig Elrod’s MUSTANG ISLAND, about a man’s attempt to woo his girlfriend back after a breakup on New Year’s Eve, and Russ Kendall’s documentary, MAN IN THE CAMO JACKET, about rock musician Mike Peters (of The Alarm), his rise to fame, battle with cancer, and inspiring climb back as he enlists some of the world's top musicians to help save the lives of cancer patients around the globe. The film includes music and interviews from some of the 80's most legendary artists including members of Squeeze, The Stray Cats, The Cult, The Fixx, [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Announces Full Lineup For 2016 Festival

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 15th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 14 through Thursday, July 21, 2016. This festival year boasts its first its first Iranian film as part of its repertory program, 2 world premieres and to commemorate its 15th anniversary, they will be showcasing past film festival favorites from its first, fifth and tenth years.   Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam and from all genres: action, anime, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller and romantic comedy.    AFFD in numbers: 33 feature film screenings. 6 shorts blocks, including local students’ shorts.  7 countries represented. 2 World premieres.  4 International premieres.  4 North American premieres. 10 Southwest premieres. 6 expected filmmakers in attendance.   All  screenings will be shown at the Angelika Film Center – Dallas   To mark the 15th anniversary, the following films from their 1st, 5th & 10th years will be shown: 1st year - Fallen Angels 5th year - Journey from the Fall 10th year - Bedevilled   FULL FILM & EVENT SCHEDULE THURSDAY, JULY 14 7:00 pm [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Gary Murray (1961 – 2016)

The Selig Polyscope Company​ lost a great friend over the weekend.  Film critic Gary Murray was killed over the weekend while covering the Dallas International Film Festival.  Gary was a film critic for our film site Selig Film News and BigFanBoy.com.  Gary was the type of person you loved the second you met him.  He was a true and genuine friend and really cared about how you were doing and feeling.  He was also an incredible film critic and old school journalist.  He knew his stuff.  You can talk to him about any film and he knew all of the ins and outs of the story line and production.  He started to write for Selig Film News in 2010.  He loved film so much he wrote for us and BigFanBoy.com.  He wanted to share his love of film with everyone who would listen.  We can all be at peace that dispite his health issues that his last week on earth was very happy time for him.  He covered the Dallas International Film Festival daily by seeing and reviewing films, interviewing on the red carpet and taking part in press junkets.    We want to thank everyone who have called and emailed [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

DFS Announces Award Winners for the 2016 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society announced the award winners for the 10th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival at the annual Dallas Film Society Honors Gala Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation held at The Highland Dallas (5300 E. Mockingbird) on Friday, April 22. Diego Luna’s MR. PIG took home the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize and Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca’s THE PEARL was awarded the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize. A Special Narrative Feature Jury Prize was awarded to Ondina Quadri for her performance as the title character in Carlo Lavagna’s ARIANNA, and a Special Documentary Feature Jury Prize was also awarded to Patrick Shen’s IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE. The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation Audience Awards were presented to: Greg Kwedar’s TRANSPECOS for Best Narrative Feature, Jenna Jackson and Anthony Jackson’s UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT for Best Documentary Feature, and Duke Merriman’s SO GOOD TO SEE YOU for Best Short Film. The awards include cash prizes of $2000 for the feature length winners, and $1000 for the short film winner. In addition to the presentation of the filmmaking awards, the evening also featured the presentation of the Dallas Star Award to two-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman, [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas Film Society Announces Opening Night Film & 14 Additional Films For DIFF 2016

The Dallas Film Society today announced Steven Caple Jr.’s THE LAND will be this year’s Opening Night Gala selection for the Dallas International Film Festival, kick starting the Opening Weekend Celebration at the Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street), Presented by One Arts Plaza on Thursday, April 14. Fourteen additional films have also been added to the schedule for DIFF, including more hits from major fests, as well as some exciting anime and Asian martial arts titles. The feature film directorial debut of Steven Caple Jr. and executive produced by Nas, THE LAND focuses on a young man trying to do the right thing, yet being pulled in all the wrong directions. Set in Cleveland, the film follows Cisco, who is desperate to find a way out of his dead-end home and school life. He and his friends spend their free time skateboarding and filming tricks and stunts and looking for a way out of the dead-end neighborhood. After robbing a mid-level drug dealer one night, Cisco hatches a plan to make even more money off the drugs stashed in the trunk of the dealer’s car and use the profits to enter a major skateboarding competition. However, Cisco’s plan [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

DFS Announces Full Film List For 2016 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society today announced the full schedule of film selections for the 10th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival. The list of titles and events are led by an Opening Weekend Celebration at the Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street), Presented by One Arts Plaza on April 14-17. Centerpiece Gala presentations include the first episode for the USA Network’s locally shot new television series, Queen of the South, and the previously announced selection of Chris Kelly’s OTHER PEOPLE. The famed Dallas Star Award will be presented to Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, Ed Lachman, and the inaugural presentation of the L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Filmmaker Award to director Monte Hellman. The Opening Weekend Celebration will serve as one of the anchor events for Dallas Arts Week (April 10-17) as DIFF continues to put film on the arts pedestal in the City of Dallas. Among the 114 films (64 features, 50 shorts), representing 31 countries, are nine films making their world premieres, including Shaun M. Colón’s A FAT WRECK, Alix Blair and Jeremy M. Lange’s FARMER/VETERAN, Ben Caird’s HALFWAY, Ciaran Creagh’s IN VIEW, Jeff Barrry’s OCCUPY, TEXAS, Willie Baronet and Tim Chumley’s SIGNS OF HUMANITY, and Jenna Jackson and [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

DIFF Announces First 10 Films of the 2016 Film Festival

The Dallas Film Society today announced the initial ten official selections for the 10th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival. The list of titles are led by the Centerpiece Gala selection of Chris Kelly’s OTHER PEOPLE and include two world premieres (Johnathan Brownlee’s THREE DAYS IN AUGUST and William Kaufman’s DAYLIGHT’S END), and a U.S. premiere (Asiel Norton’s ORION). DIFF has also announced a special event concert and screening of the family classic E.T. – THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, celebrating the career of legendary film composer John Williams. Ten for ten: This is a great group of films to tease what’s in store for the 10th Anniversary of the Dallas International Film Festival this year,” said James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. “Our first Gala selection is guaranteed to strike an emotional chord with our audiences. We have some amazing and powerful films making their world and U.S. Debuts; Dallas films, Texas films, and quite a few world   renowned directors are represented as well. These ten films serve as a perfect sampling of the balance we have always tried to achieve for the film audiences at DIFF – entertaining, challenging, with big stars and newcomers, international, local, [...]

By | March 3rd, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest 28 Announces Full Feature Film List, Special Programs and Texas Show Shorts

These films and programs will screen during the 28th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 12-18, 2015. Overall, approximately 100 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the 7-day Festival. This year’s films and events will, of course, include the latest videos, which are not likely to be seen anywhere else, and we also include very special presentations in the history of film with the centennial celebration of both THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR and 3D RARITIES program as well. VideoFest stays true to itself by running the gamut from new documentaries of media, people and societal issues to narrative features and shorts. VideoFest is proud to be including films directed by 24 women directors in this year’s selections, including THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICAN.     Dallas VideoFest Films - DOCUMENTARIES AND NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS   ALMOST THERE Directors: Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden Genre: Documentary Category/Themes: Aging, Journalism, Professional Ethics, Outsider Art For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest Announces The First Films Selected For The 28th Annual Film Festival

These first films and programs will screen during the 28th edition of the Dallas VideoFest from October 12-18, 2015. Overall, approximately 100 videos including narrative and documentary features, shorts, animation, and experimental videos will be screened during the 7-day Festival. This year’s films and events will, of course, include the latest videos, which are not likely to be seen anywhere else, and we also include very special presentations in the history of film technology with the centennial celebration of both THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR and 3D RARITIES program as well. VideoFest stays true to itself by running the gamut from documentaries of simplicity to the hilarious comedy of Monty Python. And so much in between. First Selected Dallas VideoFest Films   3-D RARITIES Presenter: Robert Furmanek Apart of the History of Film Technology Celebration of VideoFest. In commemoration of the centennial of 3-D motion pictures, we present 3-D RARITIES. It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in this eye-popping collection of ultra-rare and long-lost movies. Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration [...]

By | September 22nd, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Dallas VideoFest 28 Announces METROPOLIS As Opening Night Film

The Dallas Chamber Symphony will kick off its 2015-2016 season on Tuesday, October 13 in conjunction with opening night of Dallas VideoFest 28, with a screening of the ultimate silent, science-fiction movie classic METROPOLIS, accompanied by a new film score. The event will also feature live representations of the film’s setting and characters through an interactive, multi-dimensional dance component presented by Southern Methodist University’s Division of Dance, choreographed by Christopher Dolder. Tickets to this one-of-a-kind experience can be purchased at https://www.DCSymphony.org/concert-tickets/201516-season-schedule/METROPOLIS/. Bart Weiss, artistic director of Video Association of Dallas and founder of Dallas VideoFest, on creating a collaborative and unique Opening Night event of Dallas VideoFest 28 “Each year, VideoFest stretches the boundaries of what a media festival can do. Building on last year’s successful collaboration with the innovative Dallas Chamber Symphony, we knew we wanted to do something with them that was bolder and bigger. “At last year’s Festival, we showed a video that Chris Dolder made with ‘The Rites of Spring;’ and after seeing a performance of his work at SMU, I knew we have to create the opportunity to do something really special. “Chris’ work is profoundly new, incorporating video and new technology and rooted in [...]

By | September 8th, 2015|Film Festivals|0 Comments

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