The 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Family Day presented by Bright Realty and COOPER & THE CASTLE HILLS GANG was held on Saturday, April 2 at NorthPark Center. We were fortunate to have our event chosen as a Junior League of Dallas Provisional Project. The Family Day celebration is a time to entertain and educate kids of all ages. With a bit of carnival flair, Family Day featured children’s films from around the world along with activities throughout the day for the entire family!
We screened FREE family friendly films at AMC NorthPark 15 as part of the Celebration. This year we focused on classic animated features and new live-action family fare. A PERFECT GAME, COOPER & THE CASTLE HILLS GANG and a surprise animated film were some of the films we showcased.
Other Family Day events included:
- Dallas Theater Center Performance
- Acoustic Music Act: Kid Sing-a-long
- Walk the Red Carpet like the Stars with mock interviews and real photos
- Meet and create art with DIFF 2011 Artist in Residence: Rolando Diaz
- Screening of COOPER & THE CASTLE HILLS GANG, filmed in DFW’s Castle Hills community
- Family Day Filmmaker Meet-and-Greet with autograph signing
- Puppeteer / Story telling
- Face painting
- Green Screen experience
- Balloon artist
- Get dressed up as your favorite movie character
- Button maker
- Sundown FREE Outdoor screening of THE MUPPET MOVIE, presented by Fun Flicks at NorthPark Center’s Center Park
Eleven-year-old Cooper Callaghan knows how to have fun, especially while living in what he calls “the greatest neighborhood in the world.” Summer days are filled with elaborate games, adventures and the occasional practical joke on his temperamental older sister, Penny. But when Castle Hills’ favorite grandpa, Mr. Wilson, loses something dear to him and his wife, Cooper and his friends face a mission that may be impossible to complete. With only a handful of hours before Mrs. Wilson arrives home for the big July 4th celebration, Cooper must search every corner of the community, out-smart his sister and overcome his own pride to save the day.
Filmed entirely on location, “Cooper & the Castle Hills Gang” showcases the people, places and vibrant lifestyle that the north Dallas community of Castle Hills has to offer.
DIR Sam Ditore
Saturday, April 2, 2:00 PM
AMC NorthPark 15
Check out a real scene from the movie filmed in DFW’s Castle Hills.
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MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
USA, 2010, 96 min., Color, HDCAM
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS follows three theater troupes on their creative journey to the elaborate Freddy Awards ceremony — the “Super Bowl” of high school musical theater. The film demonstrates arts education in action, reminding us why the performing arts must remain vital in the lives of young people.
DIR Matthew Kallis
SCR Christopher Lockhart
Saturday, April 2, 2:30 p.m.
To view the trailer, click here.
THE PERFECT GAME
El Juego p er fecto
USA, 2009, 118 min., Color, 35mm
Based on a true story about the events leading to the 1957 Little League World Series, when a group of scrawny and poor kids from Monterrey, Mexico, defeated America’s heavily favored team. Mexican pitcher Angel Macias threw the first and only perfect game in championship game history.
DIR William Dear
CAST Cheech Marin
Saturday, April 2, 4:00 p.m.
To view the trailer, click here.
USA, 2010, 85 min., Blu-ray Disc
A discovery in the snow catapults a group of small-town boys into the spotlight, but when their star fades, Billy is convinced that he needs to be famous for something, so he enlists his friends in a scheme to set a Guinness World Record ensuring their names will never be forgotten. But what record to break?
DIR/SCR Robert Kirbyson
CAST Bobby Coleman, Josh Flitter, Ray Liotta,
Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.