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iW NEWS | Helen Hunt and Stuart Townsend to Bookend Dallas Fest

iW NEWS | Helen Hunt and Stuart Townsend to Bookend Dallas Fest

Helen Hunt‘s “Then She Found Me” will open the AFI Dallas International Film Festival on March 27th in Texas, the fest will close on April 6th with Stuart Townsend‘s “Battle In Seattle.” A total of 210 features and shorts are on tap for the second annual festival, including the world premieres of King Hollis’ “Bowling For Soup: Live and Very Attractive,” PJ Bagley’s “Fat Man Walking,” Russ Pond’s “Fissure,” Mike Pasley’s “Frag,” Jeffrey Goodman’s “The Last Lullaby,” Kelly Nykes’s “Split: A Divided America,” Manny Mendoza & Mark Birnbaum’s “Stop The Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril,” and Jason Wulfsohn’s “Tracing Cowboys,” while U.S. premieres will include Nick Broomfield’s “Battle for Haditha,” Scott Hicks’s “Glass: A Portrait in Twelve Parts,” Daniel Junge’s “Iron Ladies of Liberia,” and Michael Albright’s “Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake.” Festival centerpiece screenings will include David Gordon Green’s “Snow Angels” and Barry Levinson’s “What Just Happened?” Special events will include a salute to Mickey Rooney at a screening celebrating the 70th anniversary of “Boys Town,” and AFI Dallas Star awards to opening night director Helen Hunt, Jack Lemmon (presented to his widow Felicia Farr), Charlize Theron, and Todd Wagner. The Tex Avery Animation Award will be presented to Chris Wedge. [Eugene Hernandez]

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