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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.

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Announces First Wave of Films For 2017 Festival

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 16th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 13 through Thursday, July 20, 2017. This festival year boasts its first women's showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women, due to the generosity of Dallas Women's Foundation's Orchid Giving Circle.  Sunday, July 16th will be dedicated to the women films.  This year also features more films than any other year!  70 films will screened throughout the week: 5 short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Womens, Late Night and Documentary) and 35 feature films.  Last year, the festival screened 50+ films. Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Singapore, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Tibet and from these genres: action, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller, romantic comedy and a special director's cut of an iconic repertoire. Passes and tickets will on sale and available on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at www.asianfilmdallas.com AFFD organizers are excited about the 10 expected filmmakers in attendance this year and the first titles: Duckweed Southwest Premiere Genre: Comedy Released: 2017 Country: China Language: Mandarin Director: Han Han      In the near-death after an accident, [...]

By | 2017-06-28T17:44:01+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Film Festivals|0 Comments

Second Weekend of Films at the Selig Polyscope Theater – 2017 Dallas International Film Festival

Opening weekend and the first half of the Dallas International Film Festival in the Selig Polyscope Theater has been a great success.  A lot of great films and memories were made but we are not done yet.  The Selig Polyscope Theater will be in theater 4 at the Angelika Film Center – Dallas at Mockingbird Station. Tickets and passes are on sale now both online and in-person at the festival box office, located in West Village in Uptown Dallas.  During the festival tickets can be purchased online, at the West Village box office and in the lobby of the Angelika.   Once you have your tickets and or pass, please be in line at the theater at least 30 minutes before show time.  This way you can get your popcorn, soda and be ready for some of the best films you will see this year. Below is the film schedule for the Selig Polyscope Theater from April 6 – April 9.    Thursday – April 6, 2017 4:00pm – ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE 7:00pm – DAYVEON 9:30pm – THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT   Friday – April 7, 2017 4:30pm – CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTRY MIXTAPE 7:00pm – North Texas College Shorts [...]

By | 2017-04-06T14:05:29+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

Selig Polyscope Theater at DIFF 2017 – Opening Weekend Schedule

We are very pleased and proud to announce that at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival there will be a Selig Polyscope Theater.  This is the first time in recent history that the festival has named a theater for one of it’s sponsors and longtime friends.  As one of America’s first motion picture studios teaming up with one of the best film festivals in the Southern United States, it seems like a perfect fit.  Thanks to the programming team at DIFF for giving us this excellent lineup of films in the Selig Polyscope Theater. The Selig Polyscope Theater will be located at the Angelika Film Center - Dallas in theater 6 from March 31-April 5.  Then we will move to theater 4 from April 6-9.  Tickets and passes are on sale now both online and in-person at the festival box office, located in West Village in Uptown Dallas.  During the festival tickets can be purchased online, at the West Village box office and in the lobby of the Angelika.   Once you have your tickets and or pass, please be in line at the theater at least 30 minutes before show time.  This way you can get your popcorn, soda [...]

By | 2017-03-29T14:01:59+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Film Festivals, Selig Polyscope Company|0 Comments

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 | 2017-03-13T16:13:19+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:09+00:00 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 | 2017-02-23T14:10:10+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Film Festivals|0 Comments

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