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PHOTOS: parties, DJs and lots of screenings at Oak Cliff Film Festival

Oak Cliff Film Festival / Texas Theatre
Azul Sordo
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KERA
The Texas Theatre hosted the 2022 Oak Cliff Film Festival last week. This year's opening film "Butterfly in the Sky" invited '80s and '90s kids to reconnect with the PBS show "Reading Rainbow", featuring LeVar Burton.

The 2022 Oak Cliff Film Festival opens its doors for the 11th year.

The Oak Cliff Film Festival kicked off its 11th year June 23, offering attendees three days of back-to-back screenings, DJ sets, and an opportunity to connect with fellow film fanatics.

The festival started in 2011 as a means of featuring independent filmmakers, promoting small businesses, and cultivating the local arts community.

Here's a look.

Oak Cliff Film Festival / Audience
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Danielle Campos (left) and her girlfriend Starlit White watch the opening film "Butterfly in the Sky" at the Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas. As both of them grew up watching "Reading Rainbow", the show has a special place in their hearts, says White.
Oak Cliff Film Festival /
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Attendees chat in the VIP room of the Oak Cliff Film Festival after the screening of "I Love my Dad", a film following an estranged dad's desperate attempts at reconnecting with his son.
Oak Cliff Film Festival / DJ Wild in the Streets
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DJ Wild in the Streets plays at the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. She specializes in 50's, 60's, and 70's soul, R&B, lounge, funk, vintage international punk, and more.
Oak Cliff Film Festival / Friends at Texas Theatre
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(left to right) Brett Waguespack, Kristin McKinney, Benjy Joung, and Marie Jong chat in the upstairs lounge area of the Texas Theatre after watching "Butterfly in the Sky". Although most of them were unfamiliar with the show it was based on, the documentary sparked their interest, said Jong.
Oak Cliff Film Festival / Audience
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Oak Cliff Film Festival Editor Terry Lovell watches the film "Butterfly in the Sky" at the Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas. The film was uplifting and telling of the challenges artists face in the industry, says Lovell.
Oak Cliff Film Festival/ Closing Night
Attendees gather outside of the Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas during the after-party of the Oak Cliff Film festival. The Festival closed with its final film "I Love My Dad" on June 26.

Azul Sordo is a Dallas-based photojournalist working as the Summer 2022 photo intern for KERA. She is currently a student at the University of North Texas.