Noteworthy titles at AFI Dallas


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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Fresh from his documentary feature Oscar win for 2007's "Taxi to the Dark Side," director Alex Gibney will screen HDNet Films' docu "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." He saw a "present-day hook" in the story of the iconoclastic journalist. "When the people in power aren't playing by the rules, it might be useful to have other people in the press who aren't playing by the rules, either," he says.

The Last Lullaby
The AFI Dallas world premiere of Timbergrove Entertainment's "The Last Lullaby" is the first feature from director Jeffrey Goodman. In 1998, Goodman read the short story "A Matter of Principle" by Max Allan Collins and approached Collins about turning it into a short film. But Collins was already in the middle of a project based on one of his graphic novels (that project became 2002's "Road to Perdition"). Undeterred, Goodman tried again in 2001, and "Lullaby," which tells the story of a hitman (Tom Sizemore) struggling to come to terms with his retirement, was born and evolved into a full-length script.

The Life Before Her Eyes
From Vadim Perelman, the helmer of 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," comes Magnolia Pictures' "Life Before Her Eyes," starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the film follows a
mother haunted by the memory of a high school shooting. Perelman is adamant, however, that the story isn't simply about the shooting. "It's really about making choices and how we live our lives, post-traumatic events and pretraumatic events," he says.

Then She Found Me
Another adaptation a long time in the making unspooling at AFI Dallas is ThinkFilm's "Then She Found Me," Helen Hunt's directorial debut. The comedy, which stars Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Colin Firth and Bette Midler, tells the story of a teacher whose life unravels when her marriage falls apart, her adoptive mother dies and her birth mother reappears.