Dances With Films Festival to Open With 'Apple Seed' Starring Late Rance Howard

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From left: Adrienne Barbeau, Rance Howard, Michael Worth

The festival celebrates its 22nd year in 2019 and will be headquartered in Hollywood at TCL Chinese Theaters from June 13-23.

The indie film festival Dances With Films will unspool June 13 with the opening-night film Apple Seed, which features the late Rance Howard in one of his final roles. The father of filmmaker Ron Howard, the actor, who died Nov. 25, 2017, stars in the Michael Worth-directed film alongside Esther Anderson, Clint Howard (Ron's brother), Adrienne Barbeau, Robby Benson and Worth himself in the story of Prince McCoy (Worth), who has found himself at the end of his rope after losing his home, girlfriend and father. With the help of a hitchhiker (Rance Howard), Prince heads to his hometown to rob the local bank. 

An opening-night green carpet event and industry mixer will precede the premiere and is set to take place inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The 22nd annual DWF fest will close June 23 with Adolescence, a film directed by Ashley Avis and starring Mickey River, India Eisley, Romeo Miller, Michael Milford, Elisabeth Rohm, Tommy Flanagan, Jere Burns and John Driskell Hopkins. The pic centers on a creative teen (River) from a dysfunctional family who meets a runaway (Eisley), turning his life upside down. 

The festival will be headquartered at the TCL Chinese Theaters in the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood. “Everyone has a story, the possibilities are limitless, no boundaries to achieve or succeed, no boundaries in storytelling, there is no end in this chapter," DWF co-founders Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent said in a joint statement. “We have always been about no politics, no shit, no stars. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it."

In all, more than 200 titles selected from a record 3,700 submissions from 11 countries will make up the 2019 DWF lineup. The narrative competition includes 16 features and more than three dozen shorts. Competition features include 90 Feet From Home, directed by Brett Bentman; Blowing Up Right Now, helmed by Tom Morris; Chance Has No Empathy, directed by Gabriel Saint; Come, Said the Night, helmed by Andres Rovira; Dakota, directed by Roberto Carmona; Gutterbug, helmed by Andrew Gibson; I Wrote This for You, directed by Jason Zavaleta; Ingenium, helmed by Steffen Hacker; The Land, directed by Stephen Wallace Pruitt; Last Call, helmed by Gavin Michael Booth; Love Cuts, directed by Kosta Djordjevic; Reckoning, helmed by Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye; Sunny Daze, directed by Jason Wiles; Two Ways Home, helmed by Ron Vignone; Wade in the Water, directed by Mark Wilson; and The Way You Look Tonight, helmed by John Cerrito, The Sympathy Card directed by Brendan Boogie; and Full-Dress directed by Carlos Puga. 

More information about this year's festival can be found here.