Trendsetters: When One Choice Changes Everything | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

Trendsetters: When One Choice Changes Everything

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by Megan Carder
DIFF Writer

What if Walt Disney never created a cartoon mouse, or Maya Angelou never put pen to paper? What if Bruce Lee never learned martial arts, or Michael Jordan never picked up a basketball? These are the people that changed us. That loudly made their mark on the world.

Three inspirational films at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival dive into the remarkable and storied lives of three people who also found a way to leave their own mark on the world.


In the German documentary, CONCRETE LOVE – THE BÖHM FAMILY, director Maurizius Staekle-Drux follows Gottfried Böhm, a 93-year-old architect, husband, and father. Showcasing breathtaking images of Böhm’s past works, current projects, and future endeavors; the film looks deeply into the mind of a true artist. Interjected into his story are the stories of his three sons who have all joined him as talented and devoted architects. The film not only highlights the beauty and depth of their architectural creations, but also explores the benefits and true challenges that accompany following in your father’s footsteps.

CONCRETE LOVE is a raw glimpse at both the beauty in living out your passion and the struggle that exists to maintain balance in your life. Not only will you fall in love with the kindness and humor the Böhm family exudes, you’ll also be deeply inspired by the magnitude and gravity of the masterpieces they’ve given us.


Millions of people around the world know and love Brian Wilson: the musical genius and leader of the band The Beach Boys. But while the lime light gives the façade of knowing a person, the true human story lives deeper than that. In LOVE & MERCY, director Bill Pohlad takes a look at Brian Wilson the person and deeply explores the unfortunate side effect fame had on his life; including his severe struggles with mental illness.

Toggling between two milestone times for Wilson, the 60’s and the 80’s, actors Paul Dano and John Cusack illuminate not only the singer, but the man. From the overwhelming breadth of his stardom, to beginning to lose his grip on reality, to meeting his second wife, Melinda, LOVE & MERCY not only hits on the highlights of Wilson’s life; it also gives audiences a rare glimpse into his humanity.

“I met with Brian and Melinda early on, and also talked to other people who had been familiar with Brian’s life. […] having Brian and Melinda in the fold, so to speak, to draw on their direct experiences—that was really exciting to explore.” – Bill Pohlad


Director Daniel Junge will have you on the edge of your seat as he takes you through the life and legacy of dare devil, superstar Evel Knievel in his documentary BEING EVEL. From his mischievous childhood through his fate-tempting career, the film chronicles the very essence that led a kid from Montana all the way to fame. Sharing both the stunts that led to Knievel’s success as well as testimonies from current thrill seekers, BEING EVEL highlights more than just the moments seen on TV, but the true influence Knievel had on film and culture. Narrated by modern day adventurer Jonny Knoxville, BEING EVEL gives a full view of the legacy Knievel has left us.

All three films take us through more than just the passion, but also let us see the humanity behind the genius. It’s hard not to feel inspired after witnessing the larger than life careers of Gottfried Bohm, Brian Wilson and Evel Knievel.




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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