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By Lucinda Breeding / Staff Writer

Thin Line expected to draw thousands for films, music this week

Thousands of people are expected to pour into downtown Denton this week for the Thin Line documentary film and music festival.

Officials expect 7,000 to 8,000 people to attend the five-day event, which kicks off Wednesday with a special showing of When We Were All Broncos, a documentary by filmmaker David Barrow, a Denton native, about desegregation at Denton High School and in the city.

This year marks a turning point for the festival, which has broadened its scope to screen more than 60 documentary films and to flood downtown venues with live music each night. About 3,500 people attended the festival last year, the final year for the event to be exclusively a documentary film festival.

Thin Line director Joshua Butler said most of those who come to the festival pick up their tickets for the days they plan to attend screenings.

“Last year, we tripled our presales from the previous year,” Butler said. “And we doubled what we did last year in presales.”

Festival officials urge patrons to spring for passes, which give access to all films and music, all films or all music, depending on the patron’s interest. Even so, Butler said officials expect most patrons to pay for the shows they want to see.

“To get in at the venues, it’s going to cost $15, and that just gets you into one venue,” Butler said. “A day pass for music is $25.”

Students and members of the military qualify for discounts; a student can score an all-festival music pass for $60, Butler said.

All festival events will be indoors, which means Thin Line won’t have to hire private security.

“Whether the city is going to increase its police patrols, I don’t know,” Butler said. “But we’ve really been downplaying any need for any additional security. We think the attendance will match the capacity of the venues perfectly. Really, we’re planning to have the kind of attendance you see on a good Saturday night.”

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What: A five-day documentary film and music festival at venues in downtown Denton

When: Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 16

Passes: $150 for an all-access pass; $75 for a five-day film pass or a five-day music pass. Single-day passes, tickets for individual screenings and other options are also available.

On the Web: To buy tickets and passes or for more information, visit