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Fest to screen films at Movie Tavern

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Thin Line Fest, a documentary film, music and photography festival, announced that it will expand its screenings to Denton Movie Tavern. 

The festival, a homegrown event that started as the sole documentary film festival in the state, will show films at its home base, the Campus Theatre in downtown Denton. Festival officials announced a new partnership with Denton Movie Tavern, which will lend two of its screens to the event, which runs April 18-22. 

Movie Tavern has reclining seats, food and beverage service, 4K projection and immersive surround sound. The partnership expands the festival's footprint from downtown Denton. 

"We are enhancing the attendee experience, growing the film festival by nearly three times and expanding the Thin Line footprint, showcasing more of Denton than ever before," said Joshua Butler, festival director.

The festival is in its 11th year. 

Fest officials announce first films

Susan Davis, the director of film programming for the festival, said this year's lineup showcases the work of a diverse group of  filmmakers. 

"[The] 2018 submissions come from over 40 countries with a vast representation of contemporary topics, traditions and human interest stories," Davis said. "Female filmmaker submissions number over 100, student projects over 80 and first time filmmakers, over 30." 

So far, this year's film lineup is as follows: 

101 — A stylistic silent film from Berlin, Germany, created in reverence to French director Abel Gance's 1919 film J'accuse! which is regarded as one of the most important anti-war films in history. 

Ask the Sexpert — The story of a 93-year-old sex advice columnist for a daily newspaper in India. The column's non-moralistic advice and humor has emboldened many to write in with their questions, the vast majority of whom seek basic information about a taboo topic. 

Battlefield: Home - Breaking the Silence A Vietnam-era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching aftermath of war. 

Between the Shades — This feature-length documentary explores the many shades of being gay by what connects us all: love. The participants will represent a large range of age groups, ethnicities and professions. They are male, female, and those who are still yet to be defined. 

BOSTON — The first feature-length documentary film about the Boston Marathon. The film chronicles the story of the iconic race from its humble origins 120 years ago, starting with only 15 runners, to present day. The Boston Athletic Association granted exclusive documentary rights to BOSTON producers as well as use of the Association's extensive archive of video, photos and memorabilia. 

Dance Hall Days — Dance halls were once as common as cattle in Texas. Now, the ones that remain exist in a time when their past is legend and their future is uncertain. A cast of iconic characters strive to keep these country institutions alive. 

Elk River Sessions — Twenty musicians from Denton travel to the Ozarks to write and record an album in a cabin on Elk River. They celebrate friendship and community and help a friend in need.

The Exorcist and Me — With a blend of comical interactions, realistic exorcisms and explosive arguments, this documentary uncovers the murky truth about a priest in Argentina. 

Fatherhood — In this fusion of documentary and songwriting, street-involved kids from Memphis, LA, New York and London talk about their absent fathers and perform music videos of original songs they wrote for the film. 

The Island — An intimate glimpse into St. Louis French Hospital — a hospice for terminally ill patients, situated on the tense border between East and West Jerusalem across from the walls of the Old City. For two years the director accompanied patients and caregivers — each one with his own story. 

The Last Dog — Peter is in his 70s. His dog has just died and Peter decides he will never own another in his lifetime. Then a friend takes him to view a litter of Saint Bernard puppies.  

The Modern Jungle — A story of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, The Modern Jungle is an intimate portrait of Zoque culture, commodity fetish, and the predicament of documentary. 

Out of State — Two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence in an Arizona prison. 

Shake Sister Shake — Female blues singers are followed from Chicago to New Orleans as they rehearse and perform the blues in various venues and festivals over a one-month period. 

The Sunrise Storyteller — This story chronicles the journey of teenage filmmaker and social justice advocate Kasha Sequoia Slavner as she sets out for six months on her 16th birthday. She travels across the world in search of stories of hope and resilience. 

W.A.S.P.: A Wartime Experiment in WoManpower — In World War II, a select group of women proved that a woman's place was in the air. The W.A.S.P., Women Airforce Service Pilots, were a group of civilians who flew military airplanes so men could be freed for combat. 

Admission to the festival is free, with paid passes also available for $19, $49 and $99. 

FEATURED IMAGE: Hundreds attended the opening film of Thin Line Fest, a film, music and photography festival in downtown Denton on  April 19, 2017, in Denton. Jeff Woo/DRC