FEBRUARY 12, 2016

CONTACT:  Joshua Butler, 888-893-4560 or



There is something for every viewer’s taste, whether serious or quirky, among more than 50 documentaries showcased at Thin Line Fest, February 17 – 21, in downtown Denton, Texas. From films tackling major societal issues to those which take a more introspective look at human nature, the five-day film fest, the sole documentary film festival in Texas, provides audiences with an opportunity to discover diverse peoples and places.

Opening night features How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change), 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, Campus Theatre. Director Josh Fox (Oscar-nominated for his previous film, Gasland) will be present for the Q & A following the film screening. Fox traveled 12 countries to investigate climate change and the resulting stories of courage and community.

For the first time, Thin Line will hold a “Secret Preview Screening” at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, February 20, with a Q & A to follow. “Secret screenings are a rite of passage for all film festivals” Festival Director Joshua Butler said. “It’s a big film premiering at another festival and we’re thrilled to get this opportunity.”

Following the Secret Screening, the Thin Line Fest’s awards ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. Nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for best feature and short documentaries of the year, including Best Feature and Short, Audience Feature and Short, Best Student, and the Denton Award.

Feature Films Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7 p.m. – How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change)
See above for summary.
Q & A follows.

Director – Josh Fox (In attendance)
Producer – Deia Schlosberg

Thursday, Feb. 18
8 p.m. – The Jones Family Will Make Away
Bishop Fred Jones and his family make waves when they decide to take their gospel act outside of the church. On their journey they connect with the most unexpected of allies including an atheist rock critic.
Q & A follows.

Director – Alan Berg (In attendance)
Producer – Andrew Logan

10:15 p.m. – The Man With Four Legs
After receiving a mysterious and severe blow to the head, James endures a fractured existence, plagued by both his ambiguous past and a bizarre present. As a consequence, he suffers the apparent delusion that he is the husband to a woman who, in turn, claims to have never met him.
Q and A follows.

Director – Ed Christmas
Producer – Stuart Hall
Executive Producer – Mal Robinson (in attendance)

Friday, Feb. 19
8:15 p.m. – Written on Water
The Ogallala Aquifer provides water to thousands of West Texans, but the groundwater supply is in serious danger. Innovators in places like Olton, TX fight to keep their towns alive against the decline of their life-giving aquifer.
Q and A follows.

Director – Merri Lisa Trigilio (In attendance)
Producer – Bobbie Baird

10:15 p.m. – Busking Turf War
Busking is a way of life for Steven Lockmore, a street performer in Leeds, but his world is flipped upside down when a rival performer tries to invade Steven’s turf. Now, Steven must make a hilarious journey of self discovery and what it means to be an artist following your dreams.
Q & A follows.

Director – Peter Trifunovic (In attendance)
Producer – Makr Trifunovic (In attendance)
Cast – Steven Lockmoore (In attendance)

Saturday, Feb. 20

2 p.m. – Time Simply Passes
Joseph Richardson spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. After being exonerated in 1989, he had a lot of pieces left to put back together, but how is it even possible to do that after so much time?
Q and A follows.

Director – Ty Flowers (In attendance)
Producer – Ty Flowers

4 p.m. – You See Me
Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past.
Q and A follows.

Director – Linda Brown (In attendance)
Producer – Linda Brown

6 p.m. – The Festifull Summer
During the summer of 2011, a group of friends from San Diego drove a Greyhound bus across America to attend 11 major music festivals. The journey to understand why music festivals have experienced a resurgence tested love and friendship, leaving them changed forever.
Q & A follows.

Director – Dustin Elm (In attendance)
Producer – Tony Savino

8:15 p.m. – SECRET SCREENING (Please see above.)
Q & A follows.

11 p.m. – Re-Kill
In the future, after the zombie apocalypse, the remaining humans entertain themselves with a “Cops” style reality show called “Re-Kill.” Camera crews follow around the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit as they track down and kill the dead…again.
Q & A follows.

Director – Valeri Milev
Producer – Stephanie Caleb
Actor – Jesse Garcia (In attendance)

Sunday, Feb. 21
2 p.m. – Dare to Drum
Dare to Drum tells the story of rock star composer Stewart Copeland, drummer and founder of The Police, teaming up with D’Drum, a Texas-based world percussion group, and Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to create groundbreaking work, both on and off the screen.
Q & A follows.

Director – Jon Bryant (In attendance)
Producer – Jon Bryant

4:15 p.m. – Voyagers Without a Trace
Seventy-five years after a group of young, Parisian adventurers travel down the Green and Colorado rivers, another group of friends set out to recreate some of their beautiful and mysterious pictures.

Director – Ian McCluskey
Producer – Ian McCluskey

8 p.m. – Skip Stones for Fudge
For over a decade, two men have shared an odd rivalry for one of America’s forgotten sports: stone skipping. Skips Stones for Fudge documents their rivalry as each man tries to set the official record for skips.

Director – Ryan Seitz
Producer – Daniel Skaggs

Film Shorts
Shorts are organized by the following categories and will be shown on the days indicated below.  More information on each short is available at

Thursday, Feb. 18
5 p.m. – Denton Shorts
A first-time category featuring the people and places in Denton in 2015.

6 p.m. – Nature, History and Photography Shorts – Q & A follows.

Friday, Feb. 19
6:15 p.m. – Performance Shorts – Q & A follows.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Noon – Social Awareness Shorts – Q & A follows.

Sunday, Feb. 21
Noon – Strange Shorts
6:15 p.m. – City Streets Shorts – Q & A follows.

Free Programs Available
With the idea in mind to offer something for everyone, festival organizers have arranged for a free viewing of Disney Nature: Monkey Kingdom at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20.

In addition, photography venues are free to the public and are located at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center and the Golden Triangle Mall.

Other free activities include the workshops held on Saturday and a music show Sunday afternoon at Dan’s Silverleaf. Workshop topics include instant film photography, dance, cinematography, amateur filmmaking and drumming.

The schedule and information about all Thin Line Fest activities is available at

Thin Line Event Passes and Tickets
A variety of passes and ticket price options are available online or at the door. The best bargain is the All-Access Pass for $150 that provides VIP priority admittance to all Thin Line Fest events and activities, including the Post-Fest Party featuring hip-hop artist and rapper Cam’ron. The All-Access Pass is transferable so it can be shared with a friend.

Day passes range in price from $20-$45. Or, if attendees are interested in either films or music only, those passes are $75. Students, senior citizens and military receive a 20 percent discount on tickets and passes if purchased in-person with a valid ID. Photography events and workshops are free.

Visit the festival’s website,, to learn more about the featured films, musical acts and workshops as they are announced. For more ticket information and to purchase, visit the website and click “Box Office”.

Lodging information is available by calling 940-383-4100 and requesting the Thin Line Fest block.

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