Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is thrilled to announce the North American premiere of multi-hyphenate producer/actor/director Rob Reiner’s new film Shock and Awe at its 12th annual festival. The film will serve as the feature film for the festival’s opening night on Thursday, May 3. The eight-day event will showcase Reiner’s new “timely and topical political drama” (Deadline) among a wide array of feature and short film screenings. Directed by Reiner and written by LBJ screenwriter Joey Hartstone, the film features actress Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Produced by Acacia Filmed Entertainment, in collaboration with Castle Rock Entertainment and Savvy Media Holdings, Shock and Awe explores the skepticism of three journalists as events lead up to the invasion of Iraq. In addition to Oscar-nominated movies such as When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men, Reiner is also known for his work on LBJ, The American President, Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, and Stand by Me. The film is slated to hit theaters this July.

The Festival will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and will kick off with a series of Special Events including an Opening Night Celebration at The Magnolia on Thursday, May 3 followed by a celebration in the streets of West Village. Family and student film screenings at Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley will also take place during the 2018 DIFF, a 25th anniversary event for Steven Spielberg’s three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster Jurassic Park will screen at Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley (13933 N. Central Expy) on Sunday, May 6, and a Closing Night event on Thursday, May 10 for the 40th anniversary screening of Animal House at Alamo Drafthouse – Cedars.

To purchase passes for the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) on please click here. 2018 DIFF takes place May 3 through May 10 at The Magnolia in Uptown’s West Village. For a full list of films and categories, please visit the 2018 DIFF Online Film Guide.

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