Thursday, March 13, 2008

Polyphonic Spree to Close out AFI Film Festival
Posted on March 12th, 2008 1:58pm by Sarah Eveans
Filed under Local News
Just another reason to buy a Premiere Pass to the AFI Dallas International Film Festival (did we mention Robert DeNiro and Charlize Theron are going to be in town for this? Oh, yes we did): The glorious Polyphonic Spree will be headlining the Closing Night party, on April 5 at the House of Blues. Follow the jump for more info and click here for tickets.



DALLAS, TX, March 12, 2008—AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Presented by Target, Founding Sponsor Victory Park announces its Closing Night Party on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at House of Blues in Dallas.

Hosted by AFI DALLAS Board of Directors member and Founders Circle donor Ruth O’Donnell Mutch, the AFI DALLAS Closing Night Party will feature a performance by Dallas-based band The Polyphonic Spree. Entrance to the Closing Night Party will be open to AFI DALLAS Premiere Pass holders.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the AFI DALLAS Festival! It’s exciting for Dallas in general. I’m a huge fan of film and flattered to perform at the party on closing night. A real treat,” said Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree.

AFI DALLAS also announced a second screening of Barry Levinson’s WHAT JUST HAPPENED?, and new additions to the 2008 festival schedule in the Family Friendly, Environmental Visions and Midnight Specials categories.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? will screen on Friday, April 4th at the Landmark Inwood Theater, with Robert De Niro in attendance for a Q&A session following the film. Starring an exceptional cast including Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci and John Turturro, the film adaptation of Art Linson’s account of his day-to-day existence as a studio producer resonates with truth, insight, and the absurdity that often fills our lives.

AFI DALLAS will also team with the Sundance Channel for two environmental showcases sponsored by Lexus that include thought-provoking episodes from BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET (screening Saturday, March 29th at the Dallas Museum of Art) and FIGHTING GOLIATH: TEXAS COAL WARS (screening Friday, April 5th at the Angelika Film Center). These Sundance Channel presentations, though not for competition, are part of the Environmental Visions category and place additional emphasis on AFI DALLAS’ focus on the environment and conservation as a whole.

Other additions to the 2008 slate of films include:

Directed by Christopher Farley and starring Dallas-native Jennifer Ferguson, the film tells the story of a scientist who recovers an ancient meteorite containing an alien organism that transforms him into a high-flying superhero. It will screen on Saturday, April 5 at the AMC NorthPark as part of the festival’s Family Friendly programming.

Directed by Brett Sullivan, the film features Alanna Chisholm as Danielle, a beautiful, young psychology student who unknowingly awakens the evil specter of a child killer in her century-old Victorian house. Hungry to satisfy his taste for torturing boys, the spirit uses Danielle as a pawn to resurrect his ghastly ‘Panic Chair.’ THE CHAIR will screen on Saturday, April 5 at the Angelika Film Center as one of the festival’s Midnight Special screenings