The Lone Star Film Society has announced the first wave of official selections for the 2017 Lone Star Film Festival, which will take place November 8-12 in Fort Worth. The initial announcement includes eight films, with the full film line-up scheduled to be released in late September.
Among the first eight films, seven of which are making either their Texas or world premieres, are the following:
- 20 Weeks, a drama directed by Leena Pendharkar. A couple must decide whether to move forward with their pregnancy after their baby is diagnosed with a serious health issue at the 20-week scan. The film, starring Anna Margaret Hollyman and Amir Arison, is making its Texas premiere.
- 42 Grams, a documentary directed by Jack C. Newell. An intimate portrait of chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s evolution from illegal restaurateur to culinary celebrity and the consequences the transformation has on his life and marriage. The film is making its Texas premiere.
- DriverX, a dramedy directed by Henry Barrial. Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like rideshare company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Low pay and wild L.A. nights put an even greater strain on his marriage. The film, which stars Patrick Fabian of Better Call Saul, is making its Texas premiere.
- Flock of Four, a drama directed by Gregory Caruso. Four best friends search for a legendary jazz musician on Central Avenue in Los Angeles in 1959. The film stars Reg E. Cathey, Braeden Lemasters, Uriah Shelton, Isaac Jay, Dylan Riley Snyder, and Nathan Davis Jr.
- Metamorphosis: Junior Year, a drama directed by Alec Cohen-Schisler, Arjan Mobinm, Brandon Fu, Christina Polanen, Dylan Griffith, Juan Santos, Peter Gold, Sadie Fearon, and Sam Cook. Created by Palo Alto High School students, in collaboration with James Franco, Metamorphosis: Junior Year is a coming-of-age tale that follows Ovid, an angsty teenage boy trying to make sense of life, love, sexuality, and friends. Audiences are taken on a journey through the mind as he analyzes the world around him. A portrait of self-discovery that anyone who has ever been a teenager will enjoy, the film, making its Texas premiere, captures adolescence in all its glory: mentors, girlfriends, boyfriends, drugs, and dreams.
- Midnighters, a thriller directed by Julius Ramsay. Midnight, New Year's Eve: when all the hopes for new beginnings come to life — except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness. The film, starring Alex Essoe and Dylan McTee, is making its Texas premiere.
- Muse, a thriller directed by John Burr. A painter’s life is forever changed when a mythical and deadly spirit from Celtic lore — a Leannán Sí — becomes his muse and lover. The film, starring Riley Egan, Elle Evans, and Kate Mansi, is making its Texas premiere.
- Rose, a drama directed by Rod McCall. A widowed ex-cop discovers that she may have a life threatening illness, and decides to go on a solo road trip in a motorized wheelchair to explore the beauty of the Southwest. On her journey, Rose discovers more than just the simple beauty of New Mexico when she meets and falls in love with Max, an old cowboy who comes to a crossroads of his own. The film, starring Cybill Shepherd and James Brolin, is making its world premiere.
Screenings for the festival will take place at Four Day Weekend Theater, AMC Palace 9, and other locations in downtown Fort Worth.