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Thin Line Fest in Denton (ThinLine.us March 25-29) and Dallas VideoFest’s Alternative Fiction (VideoFest.org April 2-5) are teaming up to reinvent how a film festival can thrive in this time of viral uncertainty. Instead of postponing the festivals, they are presenting their festivals online by creating live events including a portal for their audiences to have social interaction with participating filmmakers from their homes and inject art into their lives during this imposed isolation. Thin Line Fest and Dallas VideoFest partnered with Falcon Events, Dallas-based event producers, which specializes in producing live online and virtual events, to deploy the latest live online technology via a secure and robust platform to create a virtual film festival experience.
“We are recreating the festival experience, showing films, and connecting filmmakers with their audiences, with technology that is just right for the moment,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest. Alternative Innovation
Falcon Events has the technology and capability to include film introductions from the Festivals’ film hosts as well as Q&As following films. Viewers will be able to hear and potentially see the filmmakers as they answer the viewers’ questions. Falcon Events has very strict protocols in place to ensure each film’s content is not copied, and each film will only be available live. “Despite having to cancel all in-person festival events, Thin Line Fest is thrilled to continue our tradition of screening the latest and best documentaries from around the world. The response from filmmakers has been overwhelmingly supportive, and we are looking forward to creating a comparable festival experience online,” said Joshua Butler, Thin Line Fest founder and director and Falcon Events COO. Dallas VideoFest has been innovating with technology since 1987, such as showcasing HDTV and VR in 1988, exhibiting interactive media, and pioneering using files instead of videotapes. We are constantly looking for new easy to connect with audiences, and this is the technology perfect for this moment in time. “In this time when we are literally homebound, we are looking to be inspired. These 2 festivals (Thin Line’s documentaries and AltFiction’s narrative films) will prove entertainment, inspiration and will be the cure for cabin fever,” said Bart Weiss During the consecutive extended weekends of the Thin Line Festival and Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction, movie lovers can go online and watch great films at specific times. Like traditional film festivals, there will be questions and answers and intros to the films from hosts and from the filmmakers, but these will be done on video (and unlike the films themselves will be viewable later online). Audiences can ask questions of the filmmakers and have them answered in real-time. Filmmakers Onboard For Thin Line Fest “Thin Line’s decision to stream this year’s selection of films, including the feature documentary COWBOYS, rather than outright cancel the festival is an effective use of technology in this unique time, engaging not only audiences but also filmmakers with Q&As via video conferencing. With most other spring festivals canceling or postponing, Thin Line 2020 is a bright spot in the current festival landscape,” said Jeffrey Brown, producer of COWBOYS: A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT playing Thin Line Fest (Sat., March 28 at 3:30 p.m. and Sun., March 29 at 5:15 p.m.). For Dallas VideoFest’s AltFiction Chris Hansen, director of SEVEN SHORT FILMS ABOUT (OUR) MARRIAGE opening DVF’s #AltFiction Fest at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, added, “At this time when everyone in the business of film is doing a reset, from filmmakers to film festivals to the people who watch and love films, I’m looking forward to experiencing a virtual opening night screening. It will be a new experience, sharing the story of the relationship in my film with film fans seated comfortably in their living rooms and getting their thoughts on it as if I was there with them as their guest.”
Thank you to Dallas VideoFest’s ever-so-valuable Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts Texas Commission on the Arts The Daniel Meyerson Foundation