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2012 San Antonio Film Festival: Official Lineup

18 June 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 18th annual San Antonio Film Festival will run for a solid week, June 18-24, at several locations around the city and will feature, as it always does, an expansive and impressive lineup of documentaries, thrillers, dramas and a ton of short films.

The fest kicks off on the 18th with the Canadian culture clash comedy French Immersion, directed by Kevin Tierney, followed by a block of homegrown short films from all over the great state of Texas. The next night’s programming, the 19th, pays tribute to San Antonio’s neighbors to the south with two feature films from Mexico, the drama Burros by Odin Salazar Flores and the documentary Die Standing Up by Jacaranda Correa, as well as a block of short films.

Some of the feature-length documentaries include Stephanie Hubbard’s Christian theme park quest Bible Storyland (watch the trailer); James Lane’s expose of the Oklahoma »

- Mike Everleth

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Movie Trailer: Bible Storyland

16 March 2012 1:24 PM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

How far is one man willing to go before his obsession destroys his entire life? Harvey Jordan is a Los Angeles art dealer who becomes obsessively determined to learn the secrets behind a failed religious-themed amusement park in the documentary Bible Storyland.

It might sound like the set-up for a joke, but it really happened: A former Disney executive, the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz and the man who popularized the yo-yo – Nat Winecoff, Jack Haley and Donald Duncan, respectively — planned to open up a theme park based on Bible stories in Southern California to compete with Disneyland. Rides planned for the endeavor included a “Ride to Heaven” and “Dante’s Inferno.”

Decades after the project ultimately failed, its design concepts dropped into the lap of Harvey Jordan, who then spent many years desperately trying to get the full story behind it all. But with his sources of »

- Mike Everleth

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