If you’re hoping to catch a film on the first night of the Dallas International Film Festival … good luck to ya. Skateland, the story of kids trying to find their way in life in an East Texas town in 1983, from what I hear, is just about sold out. It’s got strong Dallas ties, so that makes sense. If you really want to see that one, it shows again on Friday and Tuesday. And Multiple Sarcasms, which stars Timothy Hutton and Mira Sorvino, is probably headed that way, too. Which gives you all the excuse you need to cut out of work early on Friday to see it at 4:15.
Your best bet might be the animated A Town Called Panic.The stop-motion film looks like it has a Toy Story kinda vibe to it with characters named Horse, Cowboy and Indian.
At a preview party Wednesday night, Sarah Harris, who programs films for the festival, told me it’s based on a Belgian TV series and gushed about what a surreal ride it is. But she had me at “based on a Belgian TV series,” so I think I’ll be standing in line for that one tonight.