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2019 NTXFF Film Lineup


Military, documentary, VetFest

A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story

Shari Duval was desperate for a solution to help her son Brett when he returned from serving in Iraq, suffering from PTSD. She stumbled on a story about a service dog helping a veteran and that story sparked an idea. That idea, to start a service dog agency for veterans, gave Brett new hope. Together, the two formed K9s for Warriors, which pairs veterans with service dogs. For each warrior the organization saves, they also rescue a dog from a shelter. The organization has saved the lives of more than 400 veterans and 800 dogs. This is their story.Written by Katie Tschopp

58 mins NA

A Soldier’s Way

God created the desert to test the faith of men.

Documentary, Concert Film

Alice Cooper, Live from the Astroturf

An independent record store owner and life-long Alice Cooper superfan convinces the original lineup of his favorite band to reunite at his store over 40 years after they parted ways.

58 mins NA

Back of the Net

When a young science fanatic mistakenly boards the bus for a Soccer Academy instead of Semester at Sea, she is left with little choice but to embrace her team and kick some goals.

87 mins NA
Premiere, Drama


Clemency is an absorbing and penetrating character study that pulls into deep focus the various ways in which people facing impossible ethical circumstances strive to achieve some state of grace.

113 mins NA

Detroit Hives

In the wake of Detroit’s foreclosure crisis, an estimated 90,000 housing lots were abandoned across the city. But where others see blight, Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey see opportunity. The young couple purchases lots and converts them into urban bee farms. Their work promotes the natural world, brings diversity into beekeeping, and is helping rebuild inner-city communities, one hive at a time.

Dolemite Is My Name

Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.


Evidence of Things Unseen

A veteran finds healing in art — and turns to help others. A TIME Red Border Films documentary featuring Richard Casper and George W. Bush.

26mins NR
Late Night, Comedy, Best of DIFF

First Person

Don narrates a day in the life of Don. Don loves himself some Don, but doesn't care much for anyone else.

Sports, Drama, Special Presentation

Friday Night Lights

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Family Friendly, Comedy, Special Presentation

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

On the brink of perfecting his state-of-the-art matter-shrinking machine, the suburban paterfamilias and indefatigable inventor, Professor Wayne Szalinski, realises that his device truly works, when it zaps both his kids and their friends. Now, to return to the relative safety of their home while being reduced to a mere quarter-inch size, the minuscule humans must venture out into the dense and perilous landscapes of their now-immense backyard--a hostile environment where nearly everything spells trouble. Can the kids exit the green maze of grass in one piece?

Drama, Premiere

Jhalki: Tale of a Tireless Sparrow

In a twinkle of an eye, a life-altering disappearance of her 7-year old kid brother sets Jhalki off on a mission to find him at all costs. Armed with an intimate folk-tale of a tireless sparrow and her own charming presence of mind, Jhalki embarks on a relentless journey to find and free her brother. Unaware and ignorant of the deep-rooted corruption and cobwebs of the system, Jhalki takes on the monstrous and the conniving with a purity of pursuit that is at once uplifting and inspirational.
Is Jhalki’s journey the start of a spiral that will change the lives of thousands for good? What price must she pay to get what she wants? Inspired by true events, with a backdrop of human-trafficking and child-labour, Jhalki becomes an atypical thriller of hope, courage, self-belief and perseverance in an inhuman world, seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl, who will not stop anywhere short of a triumph.

With stunning visuals, breakthrough performances and a beautiful soundtrack, Jhalki is a heartfelt drama of love, adventure and intrigue, which is at once thought-provoking and poetic.

Best of DIFF, Documentary, Sport, Short, LGBTQ

Mack Wrestles

A look behind the scenes as Mack Beggs, a gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes.

Drama, Premiere


MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star.

Sports, Documentary

Now or Never: A Tony Romo Story

This is the true story of Tony Romo, a kid from Burlington, WI who became one of the most prolific quarterbacks to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Though he never won a Superbowl, his community describes a man whose passion for the game continues to inspire his fans, community, family and friends.

Now, After

An autobiographical student short. Disturbing images and haunting flashbacks plague a young soldier recently returned from the war in Iraq. Re-adjusting to his former
life as a college student proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined - connecting with veterans of wars past may be just what he needs.

Horror, Thriller


Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.

Educational, Animated, 5SOHT

Psych Hub Shorts

Mental health disorders can impact anyone. Through meaningful and innovative education, we can provide understanding and help each other lead healthier lives.

Short, Drama, Best of DIFF


Ariel (38), is involved in the arrest of a teenager accused of stealing a cell phone.

Special Presentation, Horror


RE-ANIMATOR producer Brian Yuzna will be in attendance! After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

105 mins NA
Best of DIFF, Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Short, Biography


Three Renee’s go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they traverse the mountains and valleys of Renee, they discover all the great joys, sadnesses, and mysteries of Renee.

10 mins NA
Comedy, Coming of Age, Young Adult

Second Skin

An introverted young girl finds she had more in common with deceased grandmother than she could have ever possibly imagined.

Biography, Drama, Sport

The Blind Side

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

129 mins PG-13

The Fallen

A short sketch on the remaining soldiers in a platoon - running out of ammo - stuck in enemy territory - attempt to draw the enemy out from their hide-out. They desperately seek backup. But, their command center can't provide backup and dictates a new mission to them: capture this high-value-enemy-target alive. What do the soldiers do? Who is this high-value-target?

Drama, Comedy, Premiere

The Laundromat

When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world's wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming — and very well-dressed — founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Golden Globe nominee Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen's predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world's corrupt financial system.

Special Presentation, Horror

The Lodge

Devoted to their devastated mother, siblings Aidan and Mia resent Grace, the younger woman their newly separated father plans to marry.

100 min NA
Documentary, Fashion, LGBTQ

The Queen’s New Clothes

Winn Morton - a visionary, 90-year-old costume designer who honed his craft on Broadway and with Ringling Brothers Circus- brings over-the-top fantasy and sparkle to a conservative debutante pageant in East Texas.

Documentary, Sport, Skateboarding

The Tony Alva Story

The Tony Alva Story chronicles T.A.’s humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over.

54 mins NA
Drama, Comedy, Premiere,

The Two Popes

An intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events.


There’s Something in the Water

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, a swampy world home to a thriving and delicate ecosystem. But its future is threatened by the appearance of Giant Salvinia, an incredibly aggressive invasive plant from South America that is rapidly overwhelming the body of water. This animated short brings together the real people who are devoting their lives to overcoming his green monster before it’s too late. Because, as one fishing guide puts it, “the lake means everything.”

Drama, Music, Musical

This World Won’t Break

A broke-down middle aged Texas troubadour yearns to be remembered like the southern bluesmen before him, but his failings and self-doubt forestall his musical dreams and blind him to the open road.

147 mins NA


There are free-range chickens and then, there is Tungrus, a type of rooster that roams around an Indian apartment causing chaos and crapping indiscriminately. This brilliant, dynamic short follows the family who has adopted a bird, ostensibly to be eaten, that somehow turned into a beloved pet. Or has it?



In Uniontown, Alabama, citizens feel they have endured years of pollution from a cheese factory, landfill, coal ash operation and catfish plant. Tired of the pollution, odor and inaction of local politicians, a grassroots group decides to stand up. Uniontown captures their effort to take back the town, one vote at a time.


Waiting for the Sun

After being discharged from the military, Jeremy Andrews, a US Army Ranger suffering from post-war PTSD returns home for the first time in years. While visiting a therapist for the first time, questions come up about his adjustments to home life, as well as readjusting to civilian life. What he can't seem to admit out loud, continuously plays in his mind.