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“Music Within” and “Away From Her” Bookend 1st AFI Dallas Fest

"Music Within" and "Away From Her" Bookend 1st AFI Dallas Fest

Steven Sawalich‘s “Music Within” will open the first AFI Dallas International Film Festival, while Sarah Polley‘s “Away From Her” will close the event, taking place March 22 – 31. The festival will feature 191 feature films and shorts and 201 screenings as part of its debut with Target awarding prizes of $25,000 to the “Target Filmmaker Award” winners of the narrative and international documentary competitions. The newly inaugurated “AFI Dallas Star” will be presented to Lauren Bacall, Jack Valenti, David Lynch, Laura Dern, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Sarah Polley, and to Veronique Peck for Gregory Peck, posthumously on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the 40th anniversary of AFI where he served as its first chairman of the board. indieWIRE will publish highlights of the festival soon. [Brian Brooks]

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