The U.S. premiere of The Last Dog (April 18 and 20) tells the tale of Peter, a 70-year-old artist whose dog has just died. After swearing off owning another canine, a Saint Bernard pup named Hawthorn changes Peter’s mind. Director Gavin Shaw and composer Carlos Carosi will be in attendance.
North Texas will see the premiere of The Wall April 22. The film tells the story of resistance by the Lipan Apache, who persist in their homeland despite postcolonial efforts to push them out. The plot focuses on the struggle of Dr. Eloisa G. Tamez against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is working to seize tribal land through eminent domain. Directors and producers Raman and Rosalva Resendiz will be in attendance.
The festival also features dozens of short films, including Unteachable (April 19), which recounts the story of a teacher who is unwilling to give up on a student who has been expelled from three schools by 5th grade; Ghost Squirrel, an fact-finding investigation into a mysterious albino rodent; and Dempsey the Diabetic Superhero, the story of a persevering 10-year-old competitive gymnast with diabetes. For movie times and locations, click here.
With 30 music groups lined up, you’ll find your favorite band or discover your new favorite jam. Opening night act Felt & Fur brings their unique strain of space rock April 18. Award-winning pop artist Jessie Frye lights up the stage April 20 followed by Fort Worth soul rocker Chris Watson April 21. Latin Grammy Nominees Flor de Toloache, an all-women Mariachi group, will also take the stage on April 22. For performance times and venues, click here.
The photography portion includes three professionally curated galleries with over 200 printed images from photographers around the world. Visit the Greater Denton Arts Council April 19-22 for TRUTH, a show that touches on politics, religion, activism, social justice, love, music and more. Dozens of photographers from around the world will have images featured. For the gallery schedule, click here.
While your downtown, take advantage of Denton’s unique dining experiences. Kids and adults can agree that it’s always a good time for ice cream. Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream is a welcome throwback to the days of hand-scooped ice cream where all the creamy treats at Beth Marie’s are made in a 1927 ice cream machine. LSA Burger Co. is home to 10 creative burgers like the Chili Willie (Texas chili, cheddar, onions and Serrano peppers) and Ready Freddie (barbecue, cheddar, bacon and pickles). Vintage Bleu Home is a family owned and operated antique store that makes decorating fun with quirky and colorful “shabby chic” decor. Click here to start planning your trip around Denton during this weekend showcasing the best in modern media.