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A Dozen for Dallas: Dallas International Film Festival Announces Its Initial Slate

Calvin Lee Reeder's "The Oregonian." Dallas International Film Festival.

An initial slate of twelve films have been announced to be part of the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival.

Sam Ditore's "Cooper & The Castle Hills Gang," Gil Cates Jr.'s "Lucky," Patrick Tourville's ""OK Buckaroos," and Rachel Shepherd's "Traveling" will all be making their world premieres, while Yadi Sugandi and Conor Allyn's "Blood of Eagles" will enjoy its U.S. premiere at the festival.

The Festival runs from March 31 to April 12 in Dallas, TX.

“These first dozen selections really highlight how international cinema and our own Dallas and Texas filmmakers intersect at DALLAS IFF," said James Faust, the Dallas International Film Festival Artistic Director. "We are proud to present the inspired work of our local filmmakers and returning Dallas IFF alumni side-by-side with other auteurs from around the world. Just as much as the city of Dallas is truly an international center connecting the world with our local businesses and culture, Dallas IFF has become a southwestern hub for international and local filmmaking.”

The first twelve films, along with their synopses provided by the Festival, are listed below:

"Blood of Eagles" (Darah garuda – Merah putih II) (Indonesia)
Director: Yadi Sugandi, Conor Allyn
The action film "Blood of Eagles" follows the exploits of an elite army unit recruited to halt the construction of an enemy’s key airfield. The cast includes Doni Alamsyah, Ario Bayu and Atiqah Hasiholan.

"Cooper & the Castle Hills Gang" (USA)
Director: Sam Ditore
"Copper and the Castle Hills Gang" is an action-packed, family-friendly story that takes lead character “Cooper” on a quest to help Castle Hills’ favorite grandpa, “Mr. Wilson,” find something he has lost. The film’s cast includes rising child star Kyle Kirk as Cooper and JB Edwards as Mr. Wilson.

"Elevate" (USA)
Director: Anne Buford
From rural Senegal to American Prep schools, ELEVATE documents the basketball journey of four particularly tall African teenagers with NBA dreams.

"Lucky" (USA)
Director: Gil Cates Jr.
Darkly comic LUCKY follows the journey of $36 million Iowan lottery winner Ben Keller as he follows his life-long crush, Lucy St Martin. But can all the money in the world compensate for the fact that Ben is a fledgling serial killer? Starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor and Ann-Margret.

"Mumbai Diaries" (Dhobi Ghat) (India)
Director: Kiran Rao
"Mumbai Diaries" is a drama following the intersecting lives of a collage of people, emotions and situations in the diverse city of Mumbai. The film stars Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar and Monica Dogra.

"OK Buckaroos" (USA)
Directed by: Patrick Tourville
Patrick Tourville’s documentary is the story of Jerry Jeff Walker, whose music has led him from the nation's biggest arenas to hundred-year old honky-tonks. Walker is an artist who has been a cog in the wheel of the recording industry's star-making machinery and an involuntary pioneer on the frontier of artistic independence. Among those appearing in the documentary are Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson.

"The Oregonian" (USA)
Director: Calvin Lee Reeder
"Th Oregonian" follows the experiences of an Oregon woman who enters a nightmarish unknown after suffering a brutal car accident.The film stars Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Matt Olen and Lynne Compton.

"The Perfect Game" (USA)
Director: William Dear
"The Perfect Game" is based on a true story about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.The film stars Clifton Collins, Jr., Cheech Marin and Moises Arias.

"Rainbows End" (USA)
Director: Eric Hueber
"Rainbows End" is a comedy that follows a band of native East Texas misfits West as they make a run at California gold. The cast includes William Neal Edwards III, Brian Birdwell and Legendary Stardust Cowboy

"Surrogate Valentine" (USA)
Director: Dave Boyle
Directed by Dave Boyle, "Surrogate Valentine" is about a San Francisco indie musician who lives a life on the road, navigating friendships and relationships. The film stars Goh Nakamura, Chadd Stoops and Lynn Chen.

"Traveling" (USA)
Director: Rachel Shepherd
Traveling is a drama which follows the story of three people who have never really had a family that find that connection on a road trip to Austin. With one passenger just looking for a ride, another greatly needing a distraction, and the third looking for any kind of connection, they may or may not find what they need along the way. The cast includes Reece Rios, Melissa Odom and McKaley Miller.

"Wild Horse, Wild Ride" (USA)
Director: Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus
"Wild Horse, Wild Ride" follows a handful of unforgettable characters who set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition. This stunning documentary highlights the profound bond between people and animals.

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