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What to watch for at the festival's 10th installment

Thin Line X opened Wednesday night to a big crowd that was ready for a world-premiere documentary.

For its 10th year, organizers made admission to Thin Line Fest -- a film, music and photography festival in downtown Denton -- free of charge. (They also branded it "Thin Line X.")

Wednesday's opening film, Waking the Sleeping Giant, follows five Americans -- one of them 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders -- through populist stirrings that challenged and began a reform of the political left.

There are four more days of the festival, and each day promises more than even the most enthusiastic and caffeinated attendee can manage in a day. Denton Time has some top picks to consider for film buffs, music fanatics, aspiring photographers and families with children.

Family fare

Thin Line is at heart a documentary film festival. But if you think that means the offerings are staid and dull, think again. "Thin Line" is a reference to the boundaries that blur in both narrative and documentary films. Thin Line has always included some scripted stuff, and organizers have always offered family movies.

Film

Necessary Roughness - What happens when a Texas football team breaks the rules? In this 1991 comedy filmed partly at the University of North Texas, the athletic directors suck it up, find players from the student body in spite of suspended scholarships, and put all the Lone Star grit they can muster on the gridiron. The coaching staff drafts a 34-year-old quarterback (Scott Bakula) wo still has a wicked arm, a young woman with a fierce kick (Kathy Ireland) and a handful of misfits to face off against bigger, badder teams. With Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Larry Miller and Sinbad. Rated PG, 108 minutes. Screens at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Travelstead Lot, 215 E. Hickory St.

Earth - The 2007 documentary by Disneynature will enthrall all ages with the brand's breathtaking cinematography, tight writing and lovable baby animals (the protective parents are compelling, too). The documentary follows creatures as they migrate, raise their young and flee danger -- all with a sense of wonder. Thin Line X tips its hat to Earth Day with the film, too. Rated G, 95 minutes. Screens at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Travelstead Lot.

Other family-friendly films: Bill Nye: Science Guy (not rated, 101 minutes) and Armageddon (1998, rated PG-13, 151 minutes) and Astrosamantha, The Space Record Woman (not rated, 83 minutes).

Music

The Kraken Quartet  - Got little ones with a chronic case of the wiggles? Run, don't walk, to the Kraken Quartet's gig on the Courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. Saturday. Here's why: A gaggle of percussionists make groove-kicking, hip-shaking music that seems like they've borrowed the bodacious rhythms of Stomp! but added in music -- jazz, pop or whatever your pleasure. Parents can chill on a blanket and listen for the prog-rock while the kids dance. And dance they will.

Photography

Take the family to the Thin Line X Photography Experience Happy Hour at 6 p.m. Saturday. Children are bound to be drawn to the photo exhibit and the large-scale spring-summer installation of murals and sculpture in Festival Hall at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. The whole family will get a sonic treat, too, as Denton musician Leoncarlo will be coaxing his signature imaginative sounds from his electronic violin.

Festing, adult-style

MUSIC

Sam Lao performs on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Trees in Dallas, Texas.   (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)Staff Photographer
Sam Lao performs on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Trees in Dallas, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
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Sam Lao - This Dallas hip-hop artist is on the rise. If you like your hip-hop with an edge of grown-woman menace, fierce meter and socially conscious poetry, Lao delivers. But don't think you'll get some boring lecture. Lao, who won a coveted and competitive Dallas Observer Music Awardjust a few months ago, comes to the stage ready to rock. She headlines the Thursday night set that starts at 7 p.m. at Dan's Silverleaf. With Dezi 5 and Southpaw Preachers.

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Larkin Poe - Atlanta roots-rockers bring bluesy heat and buzz-saw guitar licks. Rebecca and Megan Lovell ooze authority and chops, with Rebecca shredding on lead guitar and Megan cooking on the lap steel. If you like a little twang, and a lot of blowtorch, make haste to their set at 7 p.m. on the Courthouse on the Square lawn on Sunday.

Raelyn Nelson Band -How about some country music? The band is based in Nashville, but Nelson doesn't shrink beneath the glitter-lined shadow of Shania. She just slings unvarnished songs about living Southern. If you need an antidote from so-called bro-country, check out Raelyn Nelson Band at 10 p.m. Saturday at LSA Burger. But don't be surprised if there's a trace of red dirt on your boots when you leave.

FILM

Alone Among the Taliban screens at Thin Line X at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Campus Theatre. Courtesy photo.Mohsen Eslamzadeh
Alone Among the Taliban screens at Thin Line X at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Campus Theatre. Courtesy photo.
Mohsen Eslamzadeh

Alone Among the Taliban - One of Thin Line's strengths is the hard-hitting, relevant documentaries it brings to Denton. Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Eslamzadeh captures images of Afghanistan no other filmmaker has been able to get in the last 10 years. Eslamzadeh goes from jail to courts of the Islamic state, gets interviews with local authorities and the members of the Fatwa council, and takes a gamble to try for an interview with a powerful member of the Taliban. Screens at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Campus Theatre.

Mr. Gaga - This documentary examines the life and work of Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Filmed over a period of eight years, Naharin shares rehearsal footage and dance sequences that tell the story of an artist who redefined the language of modern dance. Dancers from the Texas Woman's University dance department will perform a work of modern dance before the screening at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Campus Theatre.

Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed - An eight-part documentary about the growing and evolving field of video gaming. For the hardcore gamer or the person who avoids console games, but wants to try virtual reality games. Screens at 6 p.m. Friday at the Campus Theatre.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The static exhibits at Golden Triangle Mall and the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center will be open throughout the festival.

But the interactive part of the festival has a few must-see workshops for aspiring photographers and professionals.

In this March 14, 2015 file photo, a radio-controlled drone appears in flight during an International Drone Day event at an elementary school in Roseburg, Ore.AP
In this March 14, 2015 file photo, a radio-controlled drone appears in flight during an International Drone Day event at an elementary school in Roseburg, Ore.
AP

Drone Regulation & Safety Workshop - If you've been wanting to shoot photos from the popular unmanned aircraft, now's your chance to learn. The workshop breaks down what a drone is, federal regulations for flying them for recreation and professional purposes, and how to prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot Exam. At noon Friday at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

A school bus gets on Loop 288 from Sherman Drive as a small thunderstorm with mammatus clouds present looms overhead Wednesday March 25, 2015, in Denton, Tx. Al Key/DRC Al Key
A school bus gets on Loop 288 from Sherman Drive as a small thunderstorm with mammatus clouds present looms overhead Wednesday March 25, 2015, in Denton, Tx. Al Key/DRC 
Al Key

Dos and Don'ts of Storm Chasing - Some of the most arresting photographs are of storms. And it's not easy to get storm photographs. Former Denton Record-Chronicle photographer and seasoned storm chaser Al Key will tell photographers how to safely chase storms, and he'll share some of his photography techniques. 11 a.m. Saturday at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

THIN LINE X

What: A five-day documentary film, music and photography festival

Where: Film screenings are at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. and Travelstead, 215 E. Hickory St. Photography galleries are at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E, and the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. Music is at several venues in downtown Denton.

When: Today through Sunday

How much: Admission is free, but registration is required at www.thinline.us. VIP passes cost $150.

THIN LINE X SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Photography

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Golden Triangle Mall Gallery

11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Patterson-Appleton Arts Center Photography Gallery Experience

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Courthouse on the Square Lawn Gallery

Music

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Twilight Tunes on the Square with the Monkberries

Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.

7 p.m. -- Somogyi

8 p.m. -- Sky Window

9 p.m. -- Tomkat

10 p.m. -- Southpaw Preachers

11 p.m. -- Dezi 5

Midnight -- Sam Lao

Backyard on Bell, 410 N Bell Ave.

8 p.m. -- PurlSnapShirts

9 p.m. -- Frankie J. Rienke

10 p.m. -- Greg Vanderpool

11 p.m. -- Levi Cobb & the Big Smoke

Lone Star Taps & Caps, 505 W. Hickory St.

9 p.m. -- Chase Ryan

10 p.m. -- Nakamara

11 p.m. -- The Wee-Beasties

Film

Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

5 p.m. -- Shorts: Variety 1

7:15 p.m. -- Bonnie & Clyde

10 p.m. -- Alone Among the Taliban

FRIDAY

Photography

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Golden Triangle Mall Gallery

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Photography Gallery Experience at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. -- Courthouse on the Square Lawn Gallery

Noon -- Drone Regulation and Safety Workshop at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Jo Williams: "Through An Artist's Eye" at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

6:30 to 9 p.m. -- Happy Hour at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Music

Square Stage, 110 W. Hickory St.

5 p.m. -- Claire Morales

6 p.m. -- Mother Tongues

7 p.m. -- Supersonic Lips

8 p.m. -- Biographies

Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.

8 p.m. -- Ten Can Riot

9 p.m. -- Party Static

10 p.m. -- Mind Spiders

11 p.m. -- Peelander-Z

Midnight -- Riverboat Gamblers

Backyard on Bell, 410 N. Bell Ave.

9 p.m. -- Bereah

10 p.m. -- For Now

11 p.m. -- Project Freeplay

Lone Star Taps & Caps, 505 W Hickory St.

9 p.m. -- NikkoNostalgia

9:45 p.m. -- KoolBRZ

10:30 p.m. -- Elijah Heaps and Nikolai Rya

11:15 p.m. -- 88 Killa

LSA Burger Co., 113 W Hickory St.

9 p.m. -- The HollerTime

10 p.m. -- Erik Chandler Band

Andy's Bar, 122 N. Locust St.

9:30 p.m. -- Huffer

10:30 p.m. -- Hoof

11:30 p.m. -- Duell

12:30 a.m. -- Shaolin Death Squad

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

6 p.m. -- Richard Gilbert

7 p.m. -- Matt Grigsby

8 p.m. -- Autumn's Amber

Film

Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

2 p.m. -- People's Train of Culture

3:45 p.m. -- Shorts: Variety 2

6 p.m. -- Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed

8 p.m. -- Bill Nye: The Science Guy

10:30 p.m. -- What's Revenge

Travelstead Lot, 215 E. Hickory St.

8:15 p.m. -- Necessary Roughness

10:30 p.m. -- Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

SATURDAY

Special events

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Denton Community Market, 317 W. Mulberry St.

6 p.m. -- 7 Feathers Earth Day Celebration, Travelstead Lot, 215 E Hickory St

7 p.m. -- Spiderweb Salon, Wine Squared, 110 W. Oak.

Photography

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Golden Triangle Mall Gallery

11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Photography Gallery Experience at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Courthouse on the Square Lawn Gallery

11 a.m. -- Do's and Don'ts of Storm Chasing Photography at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

1 p.m. -- Photography Copyright Law Workshop at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

2 to 8 p.m. -- Happy Hour at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Music

LSA Burger Co., 113 W Hickory St.

1 p.m. -- Ron Bultongez

3 p.m. -- Danni and Kris

5 p.m. -- Dunashay Thomas

7 p.m. -- Kwinton Gray

9 p.m. -- Madisons

10 p.m. -- Raelyn Nelson

Square Stage, 110 W. Hickory St.

2 p.m. -- Kraken Quartet

4 p.m. -- The Single Issues

6 p.m. -- The Heavy Hands

8 p.m. -- PPL MVR

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

2 p.m. -- Layne Elizabeth

3 p.m. -- Matt Farmer

4 p.m. -- Swandiver

5 p.m. -- Tippy Balady

6 p.m. -- Leoncarlo

7 p.m. -- Mountain Song

Andy's Bar, 122 N. Locust St.

9:30 p.m. -- Thrill Bill

10:30 p.m. -- Dead Flowers

11:30 p.m. -- Codetalkers

12:30 a.m. -- Sonar Lights

Backyard on Bell, 410 N. Bell Ave.

9 p.m. -- The Get-Go

10 p.m. -- Hen & the Cocks

11 p.m. -- In Spite of Madness

Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.

9 p.m. -- Mydolls

10 p.m. -- Razorbumps

11 p.m. -- Blaxplotation

Lone Star Taps & Caps, 113 W. Hickory

9:30pm -- Scal

10:30pm -- Felt & Fur

11:30pm -- Nite

Film

Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

11a.m. -- Shorts: Our Town Denton

1 p.m. -- Mr. Gaga

3:30 p.m. -- Two Dollar Bill Documentary

6:15 p.m. -- Property of the State

8:45 p.m. -- True Conviction

11 p.m. -- What Happened in Vegas

Travelstead Lot, 215 E. Hickory St.

8:15 p.m. -- Disneynature's Earth documentary

10 p.m. -- Armageddon

UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

1 to 2 p.m. -- Workshop

3 to 4 p.m. -- Workshop

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Artist Mixer (VIP only)

SUNDAY

Special events

10:30 a.m. -- VIP Brunch Party, Campus Theatre

Noon -- Fest Award Ceremony, CampusTheatre

8 p.m. -- VIP & Staff Party, Stoke, 608 E. Hickory St., Suite128

8 p.m. -- Nerd Nite, The Bearded Monk, 122 E. McKinney St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- North Texas Trade Days, North Texas Fair & Rodeo, 2217 N Carroll Blvd.

Photography

Noon to 6 p.m. -- Golden Triangle Mall -- Gallery

Noon to 6 p.m. -- Photography Gallery Experience at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

12 to 6 p.m. -- Courthouse on the Square Lawn Gallery

1 to 6 p.m. -- Happy Hour at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Music

Square Stage, 110 W. Hickory St.

3 p.m. -- Alex Hastings

4 p.m. -- Paul Slavens

5 p.m. -- Vanessa Peters

6 p.m. -- Bastards of Soul

7 p.m. -- Larkin Poe

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

1 to 6 p.m. -- Drone Church

Film

Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

1:30 p.m. -- Shorts: Social Awareness

4:15 p.m. -- Astrosamantha, The Space Record Woman

6:15 p.m. -- 4 Wheel Bob