The latest in our Neighborhood Stories program, this film explores the Bonton and Ideal neighborhoods in South Dallas. Initially a series of segregated developments built for black Dallasites, the neighborhoods have a rich legacy of soulful music, black-owned businesses, and close social ties. As with other segregated neighborhoods in the American South, Bonton and Ideal have struggled with the effects of political decisions aimed to isolate the neighborhood physically, socially, and economically. The love and dedication of long time residents has spurred city-led revitalization, though not always with the neighborhood’s interests in mind.

News + Announcements

  • We're honored to be awarded the 1st Annual Top of Texas Award from the Interurban Film Festival!
  • "Jim Crow segregation. Discriminatory housing policies. Racial violence. These are inescapable elements of America’s urban history. In every city, it’s the same story, manifesting in a different way," writes Tanvi Misra of CityLab.
  • "Dallas is still living with the consequences of its past sins," writes Alex Macon of D Magazine, adding, "it's an important subject for anyone with an interest in understanding the Dallas of today and making the city, particularly its most neglected neighborhoods, better."
  • Bonton + Ideal will be released this coming Monday, May 9! Check back to this site to watch the film - and watch for more information on our Neighborhood Stories Facebook page.
  • The Interurban Film Festival in Denison, Texas has selected Bonton + Ideal and it's Frame of Mind partner film Know Your Neighborhood for this year's festival! We'll share the date and location of the screening as it become available.
  • Bonton + Ideal has been selected to the 38th annual Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Illinois! We'll update this page with screening information as it becomes available!
  • The Dallas Morning News calls Bonton + Ideal, "a must-watch for anyone who cares about the history of Dallas and how it developed as two cities: one for whites, another for blacks."
  • Check out Art & Seek's Q&A with director Craig Weflen on Bonton + Ideal, Neighborhood Stories, and storytelling.
  • We're excited to announce the Bonton + Ideal will be premiering on KERA's Frame of Mind program, broadcasting on December 24th along with our Know Your Neighborhood film! Be sure to set your DVR's!

Events + Screenings


Contact Us

  • (214) 252-2900