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Lone Star Film Festival lifts the curtain on an expanded lineup for 2018

Lone Star Film Festival lifts curtain on expanded lineup for 2018

Ruben Blades Is Not My Name
Ruben Blades Is Not My Name is one of the first 10 films announced for the 2018 Lone Star Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Lone Star Film Festival

UPDATE: The Lone Star Film Festival has announced its full lineup, which will include 111 films from 21 countries. The full lineup can be found on the festival website.


The 12th annual Lone Star Film Festival, taking place November 7-11 in downtown Fort Worth, has announced its first 10 films, and they include five films from its new Latin American series, Cine-Más.

The 10 films will include:

  • Max Powers’ documentary feature, Don’t Be Nice, about a team of young New York City Slam Poets that finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.
  • Local film The Iron Orchard, written by Gerry De Leon and Ty Roberts, the story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939.
  • 1960s period drama Ask for Jane, directed by Rachel Carey, about a group of determined women who unite to provide access to safe but illegal abortions.
  • Multi-award-winning 2015 Spanish film and Cine-Más feature, La Sargento Matacho (Sargeant Matacho), directed by William Gonzalez.
  • Calvinball, directed by Fort Worth native Roy Parker, is an homage to the early days of mumblecore, in which an innocent game of spin the bottle sets off a chain reaction within a group of couples that leads to break-ups, infidelity, and betrayal.
  • Bernadette, about an awkward 15-year-old boy trying to win the heart of Bernadette, an 18-year-old French foreign exchange student.
  • Cine-Más feature American Curious, about an adopted man who learns that the birth mother he never knew has just died and left him her restaurant — and that she was Mexican.
  • Cine-Más feature La Gran Promesa, about Sergio, a Mexican war photographer, who must steal his daughter after being snatched by a legal trick.
  • Cine-Más feature Rich Kids, about a group of troubled teens from a low-income community who break into a local mansion and spend the day pretending to be rich.
  • Cine-Más feature Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, a documentary about Latin American icon Ruben Blades, who was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s.

The Cine-Más series is an expansion of the festival's programming that will feature 10 full-length features that capture facets of Latin-American life with powerful themes of familial bonds, strong female leads, music, and cultural icons.

In conjunction with the announcement of the first 10 films, the festival introduced the launch of new Single Day Passes, which ticketholders can use to enjoy a full day of moviegoing. The Single Day Passes will be in addition to the All-Access Badges, which allow entry to all films during the five-day festival, along with other VIP benefits. Individual film tickets will be $15.

All-Access Badges are now on sale for $225, with prices increasing to $255 on September 1. Single Day Passes go on sale starting on October 15; prices for November 7 and 8 are $30, while prices for November 9-11 are $45. Individual film tickets will go on sale on September 19, soon after the full festival lineup is announced.

Festival screenings will take place at both AMC Palace 9 and Four Day Weekend Theatre.