51st Annual USA Film Festival at Angelika Film Center

51st annual USA Film Festival at Angelika Film Center
"Beans" photo courtesy of FilmRise

The 51st annual USA Film Festival returns to the Angelika Film Center in Dallas for in-person screenings April 21-25. The USA Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the U.S. It was the first festival to devote itself to the American filmmaker back in 1970, and today presents over 50 days of diverse programs every year.

“We are so glad to be able to celebrate Dallas Arts Month and bring our program to the community,” says USAFF Managing Director Ann Alexander. “With support from our Sponsors, this year’s program will be presented as all-free-admission. We know that a lot of people are experiencing financial challenges and that people have missed being able to get out to a theater and see a movie. We wanted to present a diverse and accessible program,” she added.

USA Film Festival Schedule

The festival’s feature film programs include Johan von Sydow’s “Tiny Tim: King For a Day,” and Mariem Pérez Riera’s “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.” Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State,” Euros Lyn’s “Dream Horse,” and Anders Thomas Jensen’s “Riders of Justice” are also featured. Nicole Riegel’s “Holler,” Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo,” Luke Holland’s “Final Account,” and Ümran Safter’s “Leave the Door Open” are also on the schedule. Tracey Deer’s “Beans,” Joe Duca’s “Her Name Was Jo,” and Arnold Lim’s “All-in Madonna” are also featured at the festival.

51st annual USA Film Festival at Angelika
Holler photo courtesy IFC Films

“The full line-up includes new feature films, documentaries and true stories, and dozens of short films” Alexander said. “And, of course, safety measures will be in place. Masks will be required and social distancing seating protocols will be observed for this year’s contact-free event.”

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling The Festival office at 214-821-6300. No walk-up tickets will be available. Additional programs featuring Master Artists will be scheduled later in the year. For more details and to view the full schedule, visit usafilmfestival.com.

Festival Sponsors

USA Film Festival 51 is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenting Sponsors include TACA – The Arts Community Alliance, Sidley LLP, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Gaedeke Group, Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Foundation, Moody Fund for the Arts, Headington Company, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Mary Fox and Laura Fox, Norma’s Café, Dallas Creative Industries, The Downtown Business News, and the Angelika Film Center.

51st annual USA Film Festival
“Her Name Was Jo”

The USA Film Festival is a year-round film festival featuring 50 days of programs. The USA Film Festival is a 51-year-old Dallas-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Year-round events include the annual KidFilm® Festival; monthly screenings; special programs and premieres; and the USA Film Festival, held each Spring. Throughout the year, the Festival presents a variety of membership, exhibition, educational, and cultural programs designed to promote equity and equality, and to bring together audiences and artists for a “live cinema” experience.

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.