'Tyson,' 'Cove' to close AFI Dallas
Peter Bogdanovich will receive Star AwardJames Toback's "Tyson" and Louis Psihoyo's "The Cove" will share the closing-night spotlight at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival on April 2. The fest also will honor Peter Bogdanovich with its AFI Dallas Star Award at a special Texas Day celebration at Dallas' Victory Park on April 3.
"Tyson" is a portrait of champion boxer Mike Tyson. "The Cove" tells the story of Richard O'Barry, creator of the original "Flipper" series who became an activist on behalf of dolphins.
Both films will screen April 2 at AMC NorthPark 15 in Dallas, with the directors attending and taking part in Q&As afterwards.
"We have always made the programming and presentation of documentaries at AFI Dallas a huge priority, and by highlighting two of the most powerful and intensely emotional films in that category released this year, we are simply underlining that effort for both the filmmaking community and local film fans alike," said director of programming James Faust.
Prior to the closing-night screenings, AFI Dallas will hold a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at AMC NorthPark 15 at which prizes like the unrestricted $25,000 for the Target Filmmaker Awards in the narrative and documentary competitions will be handed out.
AFI Dallas has also added several more films to its slate: Cliff McClelland and Tom Zembrod's "From the Dark"; Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi's "Suddenly Last Winter"; Tisha Blood's "Torey's Distraction"; and Keith Cossrow and Bennett Viseltear's "Truth in 24."