4 DIFF Films Tackle That Crazy Little Thing Called Love | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

4 DIFF Films Tackle That Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Friday, April 17 @ Texas Theatre

by Megan Carder
DIFF Writer

“When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

At the core of humanity there exists one thing we all search for. It’s something we both desire and fear; something we chase and push away. It is multifaceted and complicated, yet sometimes it is the simplest and most reliable experience in our lives. It’s placed at the core of the world’s greatest songs, novels, and films. It’s the common thread that links us all together. It’s love.

These four must see DIFF films invite the audience to journey into the breath-taking and harrowing experience of finding, and keeping, love.

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THIS ISN’T FUNNY is the story of two perpetually lost souls who are able to begin to find themselves once they find each other. Elliot Anderson (Katie Page) is an up and coming comedian who struggles with the decision of living with crippling anxiety attacks or continuing with her numbing medication. Jamie Thompson (Paul Ashton) is a juice bar manager with low ambition and a habit of using drugs and alcohol to mask the pain of his family’s dysfunction. After meeting under less than desirable circumstances, the two embark on an intense and emotional love affair. In a series comedic adventures, heart-felt experiences, and jarring realizations, the two are faced with the difficult decision of overcoming their unfulfilling vices, or drowning deeper into themselves.

Paul Ashton’s THIS ISN’T FUNNY is filled with quick-witted humor, honest introspection, and captivating relationships. It will leave you with the bitter sweet taste of optimism in this true-to-life story of star-crossed lovers.

Inspired by Director Shonali Bose’s cousin who lives with Cerebral Palsy, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW effortlessly takes you through the very normal desires of a young girl in her early 20’s. The film follows Laila (Kalki Koechlin), an Indian girl with CP, as she slowly pushes against her boundaries, leaves home for college, and explores her sexuality, all while traversing the stigmas that surround living with a disability.Through the experiences that come along with leaving India to attend NYU, including falling in love with a woman, Laila embarks on a journey from striving for normality to simply loving herself.

In a combination of joy, fear, excitement, and frustration, MARGARITA WITH A STRAW touches on often taboo issues with kind-hearted tenderness.


In SWEET KANDY, the sultry Jazz of New Orleans becomes an omniscient narrator to the heart-breaking story of two young lovers constantly battling the outside barriers that come between them. Val Fontenot (Brendan Miller) and Kandy Coleson (Jantille Gerard) fall quickly and madly in love with each other. With all odds against them and nowhere to go, Val finds himself faced with a decision that lands him in prison.

Director Nicholas Peate’s SWEET KANDY offers a glimpse into the extremes people sometimes go to for love and survival.

Equal parts whimsy, humor and heart, PLAYING IT COOL stars Chris Evans as the film’s narrator and protagonist, a screenwriter who just landed a job writing what could be the next romantic comedy box office hit. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t believe in love. That is until a chance meeting with a beautiful stranger begins to make him question his own notions about life and love. Both comedy and heartache abound as Director Justin Reardon captures the enamoring simplicity of young love.

While all of these films shine a unique light on the experience of love, they will also inspire you to take a magnifying glass to your own individuality in order to better love yourself first. In the end, it seems, it is this journey that gives us the greatest chance at happiness.




L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Presented by REEL FX

Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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