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Thin Line Fest

Thin Line Film is a documentary film festival. We love documentaries because real life is more interesting than fiction! Generally, we believe that documentaries should communicate the Truth.

Thin Line Music is the soundtrack of the festival. It’s the perfect mix of styles from national and regional acts on small, intimate stages. A diverse mix awaits festival attendees, ensuring the party doesn’t stop until the the early morning.

Thin Line Photo is a competitive, international photography festival. Explore curated photography exhibits and enjoy immersive photography workshops.

Thin Line is a one-of-a-kind festival. We’ve combined the best of modern media to create an engaging, multi-layered experience that appeals to all. Come experience it for yourself.

Venues involved: Campus Theatre (214 W Hickory), Movie Tavern (916 W University Drive), Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (400 E Hickory) Golden Triangle Mall (2201 South Interstate 35 E, Denton, TX 76205), Dan’s Silver Leaf (103 Industrial St), Andy’s Bar (122 N Locust St), Harvest House (331 E Hickory), Mulberry Street Cantina (110 W Mulberry) and J&J’s Pizza on the Square’s Ol’ Dirty Basement (118 W Oak St).

Thin Line Film is a documentary film festival. We love documentaries because real life is more interesting than fiction! Generally, we believe that documentaries should communicate the Truth.

2019 Feature Film Itinerary TBA February 2019

2018 Feature Films

All showings are at Movie Tavern unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 18

6:30 p.m.: Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (at Campus Theatre)

Thursday, April 19

5:30 p.m.: WASP: A Wartime Experiment in WoManpower
6:00 p.m.: Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
7 p.m.: Elk River Sessions (at Campus Theatre)
7:45 p.m.: The Reluctant Radical
8 p.m.: The Last Dog
9 p.m.: Ask the Sexpert

Friday, April 20

2 p.m.: The Last Dog
4:30 p.m.: 101
4:30 p.m.: Ask the Sexpert
6:15 p.m.: The Cleaners
6:30 p.m.: Dodging Bullets (at Campus Theatre)
6:45 p.m.: Out of State
8:30 p.m.: Between the Shades
8:45 p.m.: The Exorcist and Me
9 p.m.: Sex and Broadcasting (at Campus Theatre)

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m.: Born in China (at Campus Theatre)
10:30 a.m.: Jane
11 a.m.: The Sunrise Storyteller
11:30 a.m.: The Reluctant Radical
12:45 p.m.: Shake Sister Shake
1:30 p.m.: The Island
1:45 p.m.: The Exorcist and Me
2 p.m.: Dance Hall Days (at Campus Theatre)
3:30 p.m.: The Modern Jungle
3:45 p.m.: Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence
4:30 p.m.: Between the Shades
5:45 p.m.: Two Worlds
6 p.m.: Fatherhood
8 p.m.: Sickies Making Films (at Campus Theatre)
8 p.m.: Crime + Punishment

Sunday, April 22

12 p.m.: Elkarrekin (Together)
12:15 p.m.: El Muro (The Wall)
12:30 p.m.: Sickies Making Films
2 p.m.: Boston
2:30 p.m.: Intimate Battles
2:30 p.m.: Out of State (at Campus Theatre)
2:45 p.m.: Shake Sister Shake
4:30 p.m.: The Sunrise Storyteller (at Campus Theatre)
5 p.m.: The Sentence
5:30 p.m.: Anote’s Ark
6:45 p.m.: The Island (at Campus Theatre)
7:30 p.m.: Elk River Sessions
8 p.m.: The Cleaners

2018 Shorts Films

All showings are at Movie Tavern unless otherwise noted.

Shorts 1 – Thursday April, 19
4:30 p.m.
Back to CAMP
On Losing A Parent
Dancing in Limbo
Hit to Pass Weekend

Shorts 2 – Thursday, April 19
6:45 p.m.
Red Line Lounge
The Last Swing
Hotel Al
Texas Paranormalists
Ghost Squirrel (Truth Crackers Mystery)

Shorts 3 – Friday, April 20
4:00 p.m.
Kicking All Odds
Mongolian Chronicles
Zamora: The Sole of a Boxer

Shorts 4 – Saturday, April 21
12 p.m.  (at Campus Theatre)
Artesha Richardson – Running Away From Home
Born A Believer
Village to Village
Dempsey, the Diabetic Superhero
Pak Anggir
76105: Dr. King Won’t Rise

Shorts 5 – Saturday, April 21
8:15 p.m.
Hidden Life
The Sandman
The Volcano Concert

Texas Highways welcomes you to a special program of nine short films, shown at the Campus Theatre on Saturday, April 21 at 4:45 p.m. The program features finalists selected for the magazine’s True Texas Travel Experience documentary film competition, which celebrates the people, places and wide-open spaces that define the Lone Star State.

A Piece of Texas: A Travel Documentary 6:42 min / World Premiere
USA, 2018 / English / Directors/Writers: Luke Walker, Rich Baur, Amberly Russell / Producers: Rich Baur, Luke Walker
Filmmaker in attendance

A documentary/music video of a true Texas road trip celebrating the people, places and wide-open spaces that define the Lone Star State.

Echoes in the Night 6:42 min
World Premiere
USA, 2018 / English / Director: Jessie Dean Story, Raymond S. Matlack / Writer: Jessie Dean Story / Producer: James A. Davidson Foundation / Filmmaker in attendance

Documentary about the bats species in Texas. The film examines the ecological impact these species have on our environment, agriculture and tourism.

Georgetown, Texas 2:06 min
USA, 2017 / English / Director: Chet Garner

The Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau collaborated with The Daytripper to produce this entertaining promotional video that strengthens Georgetown’s image as a Texas tourist destination sure to attract leisure and business travelers to the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.”

Highway 100
World Premiere
Saturday, April 21 / 4:45PM / Campus Theatre / 2:01 min
USA, 2018 / Black and White / Director: Alejandro Pallares Filmmaker in attendance

Take a photographic journey along Texas State Highway 100.

Looking Back 7:24 min / World Premiere
USA, 2018 / English / Directors: Jessie Dean Story, Colin Robinson / Writer: Jessie Dean Story
Filmmaker in attendance

This short outtake from a full-length documentary currently in production focuses on the coastal towns of Port Aransas and Rockport left in ruins by Hurricane Harvey. Hear the different perspectives of two people as they see the disaster’s aftermath — one, the director’s mother who lived in Port Aransas in the 70’s and has a nostalgic need to see restoration and secondly, her partner, a newcomer to the Coast, who observes the inequality in the way the loss has been ignored.

Mineola Portraits 9:58 min / World Premiere
USA, 2018 / English / Director: Lauren Cater
Filmmaker in attendance

Mineola isn’t unlike other small towns in America. In fact, this is where it gets its charm. Capture what all small  towns have in common – public celebrations. The film’s observational style provides a truly immersive experience where the town may be small but the celebrations are big.

Prada Marfa 3:54 min / World Premiere
Episode 1 of “Photo Opportunities (Texas Edition): Miles and Miles of Texas”
USA, 2016 / English / Directors/Cinematographers: Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran / Writer: Jack Cochran / Producer: Pamela Falkenberg / Filmmakers in attendance

A Prada store in the remote desert landscape near Marfa, TX, is a fitting subject for the first of Outlier Moving Pictures’ short subjects about Texas roadside attractions as photo opportunities, exploring the nexus between landscape, art (both “official” and “outsider”) and roadside attractions listed on  Prada Marfa and Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch are but two of Texas’ Instagrammable destinations.

The Ancient Forest 9:50 min / World Premiere
USA, 2015 / English / Director: Allen Phillips
Filmmaker in attendance

Deborah Paris is a world renowned Plein Air painter, who moved from Taos, NM, to Clarksville, TX, to paint Red River County’s Lennox Wood, a perfectly preserved forest in North East Texas owned by the Lennox family (pre Civil War) and donated to the Texas Conservancy. The woods have never been harvested for lumber or other resources. Nature is a muse for this artist. Her historically influential family is preserving the power of nature for its powerful impact on art. Money, art and nature work hand in hand.

The Historic Downtown Tomato Bowl 6:37 min / World Premiere
USA, 2016 / English / Directors: Grace Traylor, Chip Hale
Producer: Jacksonville Independent School District
Filmmaker in attendance

For 80 years, a unique downtown stadium in East Texas has kept silent vigil over the small town of Jacksonville, Texas. Come along on this sentimental journey during a day in Jacksonville where community members and graduates tell the unique story of what the historic stadium means to the Jacksonville community.

Stay after the films to see the awarding of the $20,000 grand prize to one of the lucky films in the True Texas categories! Then, stick around to see Denton be awarded the Film Friendly Community certification by the Texas Film Commission!

Thin Line Music is the soundtrack of the festival. It’s the perfect mix of styles from national and regional acts on small, intimate stages. A diverse mix awaits festival attendees, ensuring the party doesn’t stop until the the early morning.

2019 Music Lineup TBA February 2019

2018 Music Lineup

Wednesday, April 18

At Dan’s Silver Leaf
9:30 p.m.: Felt & Fur
10:30 p.m.: Rosegarden Funeral Party

Thursday, April 19

At Dan’s Silver Leaf
8 p.m.: Elk River Sessions

Friday, April 20

At Andy’s Bar
6 p.m.: MNKR
7 p.m.: The Demigs
8 p.m.: Northern National
9 p.m.: Jessie Frye

Late Night at Andy’s Bar
10:30 p.m.: 88 Killa
11:30 p.m.: M3CCA
12:30 a.m.: Shredders

At Dan’s Silver Leaf
9 p.m.: The Halfways
10 p.m.: Palm Daze
11 p.m.: The Millbrook Estates
Midnight: Mother Tongues

Saturday, April 21

At Mulberry Street Cantina
3 p.m.: J. Eldred Bell
4 p.m.:- Richard Gilbert
5 p.m.:- Aimee Adams
6 p.m.:- Jay Reinke
7 p.m.:- Leoncarlo

At Harvest House
5 p.m.: Trees Marie
6 p.m.: Tennessee Stiffs
7 p.m.: Chris Watson
8 p.m.: Troy Garrick
9 p.m.: Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces
10 p.m.: Dezi 5

At J&J’s Pizza Ol’ Dirty Basement
9 p.m.:- Platos Theory
10 p.m.:- Robert Trusko
11 p.m.: – Adam Schatz

At Dan’s Silver Leaf
9 p.m.: Lizzie Boredom
10 p.m.: Mydolls
11 p.m.: A Giant Dog
Midnight: Party Static

At Andy’s Bar
9:30 p.m.: Marathons & Unicorns
10:30 p.m.: The Birds of Night
11:30 p.m.: The Red Death
12:30 p.m.: Mothership

Sunday, April 22

At Harvest House
3 p.m.: Body English
4 p.m.: Kwinton Gray Project
5 p.m.: John Sturino Vibes Group
6 p.m.: Salt Petal
7 p.m.: Flor de Toloache

Thin Line Photo is a competitive, international photography festival. Explore curated photography exhibits and enjoy immersive photography workshops. This year, there are 57 photographers represented out of more than 700 photo submissions.

The Thin Line Student Photo Exhibit will begin April 15 and run through the festival at the Golden Triangle Mall. The awards presentations for the student photo exhibit will also be on Sunday, April 15.

The main Thin Line Photo Exhibit will be at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

The Photo Award Ceremony will be April 21 at the Campus Theatre.

Photo Workshops: 

  • Photography Portfolio ReviewsThursday, April 19th / 2PM / PA Arts Center10×10 Portfolio Critiques: Bring up to 10 photographs for a panel of photographers to offer opinions, suggestions and general feedback in a quick 10-minute critique of your work. Critiques will cover impact, composition, technique and more.Appointments are scheduled in 10 minute increments; up to 10 images. Use this LINK to sign up.
  • Instant Film Photography TalkSaturday, April 21 / 12PM / PA Arts CenterThe Instant Film Society’s Daniel Rodrigue and Armand Kohandani (owner of Denton Camera Exchange) will give some best-practice tips on how to get great results when shooting new and expired instant film in this session that features the IFS’ traveling “Instant Film Museum,” which is an interactive timeline of more than 20 cameras. This session will include a brief history of instant film, as well as an introduction to instant films and cameras that are still readily available and produced today.
  • Photojournalism “Secrets” & Techniques for Captivating Storytelling with Stills
    Saturday, April 21st / 4PM / PA Arts CenterWhat secrets of composition, subject matter, location, lighting and framing do the pros use to capture compelling, decisive moments? Telling a compelling story in a 20-30 image slideshow is easy, but how can you tell a whole story in a single frame? Rodrigue will explain what Henri Cartier-Bresson meant when he wrote: “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.” Great behind-the-scene images and environmental portraits capture both personality, place and telling details. And we’ll discuss how to capture photographs of subjects on location so the environment adds context and dimension to the shoot without distracting from the subject.





General Admission to Thin Line Fest is free; and with very limited exception, festival programming is open to anyone with a General Admission wristband. To obtain a wristband, you must first register. You can register now and start getting festival updates, or you can register at the festival April 18-22. We do ask for your contact information, but you can opt-out of email.

This year we are offering three Premium RegistrationsSupporter, Streaming, and VIP. These packages provide additional benefits beyond General Admission such as Priority Access to festival venues. For more information about these click register in the main menu.

Once you have your wristband or badge simply show that at the door at any festival venue! It’s that easy!

DCTA will offer free rides for people attending the 2018 Thin Line Festival. As the official transportation sponsor, DCTA will host a free ride promotion in which festival goers can ride the A-train and Connect Bus system at no cost from Wednesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 21. As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations and the agency does not operate service on Sundays.


In order to take advantage of DCTA’s free ride promotion during the Thin Line Festival, event goers must do the following:

  • Show their printed festival registration confirmation or a festival confirmation on their mobile phone or tablet to our bus and rail operators for their initial trip to the festival
  • After people receive their general admission wristband or VIP badge at the event, they can show those to our bus and rail operators to get free rides for the remainder of the festival

The only services that qualify for DCTA’s free ride promotion are the A-train and Connect Bus system in Denton and Lewisville. The promotion is not valid for other DCTA services including Campus Shuttles, Highland Village Connect Shuttle and Community On-Demand, Collin County Transit, Frisco Demand-Response, Access and vanpool.


Getting to the Thin Line Festival riding DCTA is convenient and easy. Check out the information below to see how you can get to the festival:

Denton County Resident

If you live in Denton County, ride DCTA’s A-train and transfer to Denton Connect Routes 7 or 8 to get to the festival at no additional cost when you show your festival general admission wristband or VIP badge to DCTA operators. If you’re a Denton resident, you can just ride Denton Connect Routes 7 or 8. As a reminder, don’t forget to check the last A-train and Connect Bus times when planning your festival trip. Event goers can also use DCTA’s Transit Tracker system to find and track their ride.

Non-Denton County Resident

If you live outside of Denton County and are taking the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to transfer to DCTA, you will need to purchase a DART local system pass ($5) for that portion of your trip. When you transfer to DCTA, you can ride the rest of the way to the festival free using DCTA’s A-train and Denton Connect Bus Routes 7 or 8 when you show your festival general admission wristband or VIP badge to DCTA operators. When planning your trip, make sure to utilize DCTA’s Transit Tracker system and keep in mind the transfer times between DCTA and DART to ensure you make it back to your desired destination.

THIN LINE: Strap In For a Wild and Heartrending Ride on Anote’s Ark

So many of the films in this year’s stellar Thin Line fest lineup have one striking theme in common: They take global conflicts, and narrow in on the human element at the heart of the issue. This is especially true…

Published on: Thu, Apr 19, 2018

THIN LINE: “Boston” Goes the Distance with Powerful Storytelling

From documentaries to feature films with A-list leads, audiences have seen their fair share of Boston Marathon bombings stories in the short five years since the tragic 2013 attack. But filmmaker Jon Dunham has brought something different to the table….

Published on: Wed, Apr 18, 2018

THIN LINE: Sunrise Storyteller lifts up the soul

In a world of suffering and conflict, a Canadian teenager makes positivity her mission. In the documentary Sunrise Storyteller, Kasha Sequoia Slavner is not an ordinary teenager; in fact she’s extraordinary.  As a child living in a one-parent home, she learned the challenges of disadvantage. To change her narrative, Slavner sets out on an inspirational journey. With the help…

Published on: Mon, Apr 16, 2018

THIN LINE: Fatherhood and Barcelona in Black Explore the Realities of Family, Time, and Modernity

What do urban areas, absent fathers, and the passage of time have in common? A cursory viewing of Manel Cebrian’s short film Barcelona in Black and Ben Gregor’s feature Fatherhood might suggest: simply, not much. Given a closer look, the…

Published on: Sun, Apr 15, 2018

THIN LINE: Between the Shades discusses labels and their importance

Between the Shades, Directed by Jill Salvino Sexuality and gender can be fluid, but in a world obsessed with labels how do we identify? Between the Shades tackles the complexities of labeling sexuality. It is an insightful look at the power labels have on our perceptions of each other…

Published on: Thu, Apr 12, 2018

THIN LINE: Sickies Making Films Explores the Perils of Censorship

So much of our debate on free speech now focuses on social media and the dank, dark corners of the internet. It’s easy to forget that once upon a time in a Hollywood far, far away, the issue of censorship…

Published on: Tue, Apr 17, 2018

THIN LINE: Out of State showcases finding your true identity

Water is often a symbolic representation of rebirth. It washes our bodies, and sometimes even cleanses our souls. In Out of State, we follow a man’s journey to redemption. Like, a fish swimming upstream, David must find a way to…

Published on: Wed, Apr 11, 2018

THIN LINE: Worlds Collide in The Modern Jungle and Travelogue Tel Aviv

 If you’re looking for a movie to take you far, far away from Denton and Thin Line Fest, look no further than feature film The Modern Jungle and its accompanying short, Travelogue Tel Aviv. From the bustling cosmopolis of Tel…

Published on: Fri, Apr 13, 2018

THIN LINE: ‘Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence’ reveals the raw transformation veterans endure

In its Texas premiere, Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence takes a look at the life of veterans after they return home from war. The film is directed by Anita Sugimura Holsapple, the child of a survivor of the bombing…

Published on: Sat, Apr 14, 2018

THIN LINE: ‘All Things Are Photographable’ transforms the mundane into art

To kick off the film portion of Thin Line 2018, we begin with “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” This documentary follows the life and career of Garry Winogrand, a well-known street photographer. The film screened for the first time…

Published on: Tue, Apr 10, 2018

#dentonbucketlist: Thin Line Fest

A couple of weeks ago, this column talked about the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) effort to build a Denton Bucket List.  Thanks to the many of you who have submitted ideas.  Here are some of your additions: [caption…

Published on: Sun, Feb 14, 2016

THIN LINE: Short Programs are Long on Thrills

Thin Line Fest has always been my favorite Denton event. It’s not just a killer festival — it’s the apex of everything that makes Denton a vibrant community. Organized by Dentonites for Dentonites, Thin Line offers artists and art lovers…

Published on: Tue, Apr 17, 2018

For the love of documentaries

I fell in love with the idea of watching documentaries, not just for education but for enjoyment, when Thin Line first appeared in 2007.  It has continued to capture my attention since then and has yet to disappoint me. My…

Published on: Mon, Feb 11, 2013

Legit tunes at Thin Line

I love that Thin Line added music this year even though it made it harder to choose what to attend, mostly because the schedule was packed with a very impressive lineup.   This past Friday I narrowed it down a bit…

Published on: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

The Power of a Thin Line Film Festival doc

I have to be honest.  When Thin Line Film Festival opened in Denton for the first time six years ago, I had never watched a documentary.  Hold on before you gasp!  Of course I sat through hundreds of documentary and…

Published on: Sat, Feb 9, 2013